Lesson Plan

Take a Side in the Revolutionary War: Loyalists vs. Patriots

Students will learn about the causes of the Revolutionary War and consider why both sides felt justified in their actions.
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Students will be able to...

Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.

Social Studies
Grades 5 - 8
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Activity: Other — Vimeo Video

This is part of a larger International Baccalaureate unit on  How We Express Ourselves. In 5th grade, students  investigate how ideas, feelings, beliefs, and values are expressed when people align themselves with issues, movements, and causes. One of the key concepts in this is perspective.


Student Instructions


Reading A-Z
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Using the Reading A-Z graphic organizer on cause and effect (or similar template),  students will take notes as they read about the causes of the of the events leading up to the Revolution and their effects.  Remind students to be impartial in their analysis and to consider both perspectives.

Reading A-Z: Seeds of Revolution by Terry Miller Shannon and Annette Carruthers

Students will review expanded factual information on causation from these websites.

Social Studies for Kids 
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Google Drive
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Students will be paired in teams. Each team will be assigned one event that lead up to the American  Revolution.  Share a planning template with students through Google Drive as Can View. Students will make a copy and rename Revo War Name1 Name2 and share with each other and the teacher.

Teams will create a dialogue between a Loyalist and a Patriot with 6-10 exchanges. Proofread for punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Use facts and express each side’s perspective with passion.


Navigate to Google StoryBuilder.

Copy and paste the dialogue into StoryBuilder. Add appropriate music. Preview the final product. Revise as needed following the previous steps: edit in Google Doc, then copy, and paste into Story Builder.



Google Drive
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Create and share a Google Form in Drive for collecting the URLs of all the projects. Include fields for all the group members' names, the StoryBuilder URL, and a field for notes in case the students need to share additional comments with you.

When each StoryBuilder is complete, students should copy and paste the URL onto the bottom of the planning template AND on the Google Form for URL Collection. The completed form responses can be shared with the students to allow them to view each other’s projects.