Subject Area(s): Social Studies

Grade Level(s): 5

Format of Library of Congress media:

Best Instructional Practices


Virginia Studies

VS.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by

  1. identifying the reasons why the colonies went to war with England as expressed in the Declaration of Independence;
  2. identifying the various roles played by Virginians in the Revolutionary War era, with emphasis on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry

United States History to 1877

Revolution and the New Nation: 1770s to the Early 1800s

USI.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the causes and results of the American Revolution by

  1. identifying the issues of dissatisfaction that led to the American Revolution;
  2. identifying how political ideas shaped the revolutionary movement in America and led to the Declaration of Independence, with emphasis on the ideas of John Locke;
  3. describing key events and the roles of key individuals in the American Revolution, with
  4. emphasis on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Paine;*


Three to Four 1 hour, 15 minute class periods. (Depending upon student pacing.)

Lesson Summary

During this lesson, students will examine primary source documents in cooperative groups to determine their meaning, put this meaning into their own words, and individually draft a letter to King George, from the point of view of a Patriot, expressing their reasons for wanting independence.

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