Lesson Plan

Revolutionary Figure using Google Maps

Students will create an interactive map that highlights important locations in the life of a Revolutionary War figure
Christine F.
Classroom teacher
Van Wyck Junior High School
Wappingers Falls, NY
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
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Students will be able to...

  • Determine important relevant locations in the life of a Revolutionary War figure
  • Create a Google Map that highlights these locations
  • Select relevant appropriate images of these locations
  • Select relevant appropriate websites that will give more information about these locations and their relevance to history

This was a culminating lesson in a project based ELA/Social Studies summer school curriculum. Since our district is located in the Hudson Valley, which was a prime location during the Revolutionary War, the focus  of the curriculum was on people who were significant to the war in some way. Students initially chose a figure, and completed projects that employed a variety of skills. These projects included researching major reasons why this person was a significant figure and creating a Google Slides Presentation, creating a "Fakebook" account for the figure featuring key details in his or her life, writing journal entries from the perspective of the figure reflecting on the events, and finally creating a Google Map featuring key locations in that figure's life.

Social Studies
historical figures
Grades 7
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Students will be asked if they have used Google Maps. Anticipated answers will be that they have helped parents with directions on their phones. They will then be told that Google Maps can do so much more, and that they can actually create their own maps. They will be shown a teacher created map that includes images, links, and text.

Teachers should go through the steps of creating their own maps so that they are familiar with the process.

2 Direct Instruction

Students will be directed to open the Google Slides presentation that outlines how to create a Google Map.

All students will create a basic map while following along with the teacher whose map will be projected on the Smartboard. Then, the students will watch how the teacher creates each step of the project: location, image, information, and link.


Student Instructions

Google Slides presentation outlining how to create a Google Map


3 Guided/Independent Practice

The teacher will circulate the room to ensure that students are choosing relevant images and links to further information about their figure's location and significance.

Student Instructions

Students will work independently using the Google Slides directions, asking for help when needed.

Students will complete the process for five different locations.

Students will present their maps to the class.

4 Wrap-Up

The creation of this Google Map was relevant to the content that had been previously studied. However, this skill can be applied to various real life activities and many other content areas. Students were given real life examples of how they could use this map such as to show out of town guests the best places to eat, hike, etc. While the layer feature was not used for this project, students were shown how the layers could be used for different topics (places to eat, places to hike, etc.). Different subjects could easily adapt this to a lesson. For example, in ELA, students could explore settings of a novel. In math, students could use maps to measure distance between areas. There are unlimited possibilities.