This week 8th grade has been working on projects over the causes and effects of the American Revolution. This is the first time most of the students have dived into the political arena on history, and they get to see through videos and projects how our country was born. Everyone knows the causes of the American Revolution: “No taxation without representation” was their battle cry. Great Britain was taxing its American colonies after the French and Indian war. Any one of my students can tell you that war is very expensive and this was the catalyst to begin the revolution. The challenge students faced was the long term effects the war would have on our country. Students had to do research on government websites along with carefully reading the text book, along with making inferences to get the correct answer. The results were amazing! Most students understood the fact that the United States inspired other nations, such as France, to start their revolutions. And of course, they understood the next challenge our Founding Fathers faced: building a new system of government. Next week we will be taking a closer look at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention and how these simple men changed the country and our world through a very “simple” and short document; the Constitution.
Stay tuned for next week as we visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia and check out, as Lin Manuel Miranda would say, “the room where it happened.”.
Middle School Social Studies Teacher