American Revolution Test Prep

Once again, I urge students to review the worksheets that we’ve been using as the core of this class.  We’ve studied them, reviewed them, used them for activities, and so on… they should be learned well by now.  You may study them as much as you’d like tonight, but the learning for exams takes place over the course of a unit (the last 5 weeks) and cannot really be crammed into one night of studying.  This is a foolish decision that many have made.
Today in class, we reviewed for this test with a game, and also reviewed our map.  One class didn’t get to it, so here it is!

American Revolution Test Map - Answers

Good luck studying.  Please feel free to ask any questions here.  I’ll be available until 3:45 and after 7:00-ish.


Declaration Work & 4/27 Homework

Here is your source for all worksheets, assignments, and required materials for this unit. This will help you catch up, prepare for Thursday’s quiz, and stay on top of your game before our American Revolution test coming in 2.5 weeks (approx. May 13). They have served as the core of our learning during this unit.

  1. Vocab Chart – American Revolution/Text Ch. 6
  2. “Beginnings and Declaration” – Guided Reading WS for Sections 1 and 2
  3. “David vs. Goliath” – Guided Reading WS for Sections 3 and 4
  4. Declaration of Independence – Student Reader/Packet
  5. John Adams WS III – “Hang Together”
  6. John Adams WS IV – “Unanimous” (this is a WS we simply discussed – students didn’t have to do this, though the knowledge is important)
  7. Newspaper Article – day after a historic event.
  8. Top 10 Illustration – the 10 most frequently repeated words in the Declaration of Independence. The more frequently a word said, the bigger it should be. Conversely, the less frequently a word is said, the smaller it should be. This should be in color, too.
  9. Textbook Chapter 6, Sections 1-4 (so far).
  10. Declaration Rewrite.

Petitions to the King

We’ve read this week how the Declaration came to be, through a series of events proving peace was no longer an option, and military events that filled the Americans with confidence.  Before we go headlong into the Declaration for the next week, it’s important to know how we got here.   To do that, we’ve read pages 168- 173, completed 1-14 on this Vocab Chart, a Guided Reading WS, and are in the process of completing a newspaper article that explains how these events inspired Revolution.

Today’s homework is simple: write a newspaper article that describes a historical event and explains why that event is so inspiring.  Students should have a 5-7 word headline (something attention grabbing), write at least 200 words, and include a drawn picture (no web pics).  The article should cover the Declaration of Independence, Green Mountain Boys, Lexington and Concord, or the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Before the Revolution Test

Tomorrow (Friday, 3/27), we’ll have a test on the events leading up to the Revolution.  This includes the French and Indian War (where the foundation for conflict was laid), the Boston Massacre, the First Continental Congress, and the events and happenings between.  We “end” with the departure of delegates from the FCC and the dramatic begining of the war with conflict in Concord and Lexington.

As advice to the students, they are best to study the following items:

  1. Textbook Chapter 5
  2. Vocab Chart and Vocab Quiz
  3. Cause & Effect work
  4. Notes from in-class presentations
  5. HBO’s John Adams series – including notes/WS.
  6. Activities and discussions from class (letters, lists, songs, limericks, etc.)
  7. Before the Rev Timeline
  8. Before the Rev Map
  9. Ben Franklin’s “Join, or Die” cartoon
  10. Paul Revere’s “Boston Massacre” pamphlet

For the essay, students should select 1 of the following 5 possibilites, writing between 1-3 paragraphs.  Each answer should clearly, with example and fact, answer the student’s selected essay.  Students have been bringing their essay in for preview and correction all week; hopefully your child took advantage of that!  The choices: