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The Events Leading Up to War
The Revolutionary War Series

Video Objectives

  1. Students will identify the sources of dissatisfaction that led to the American Revolution (e.g., smuggling, taxation without representation, Intolerable Acts, Stamp Act, Boston Tea Party, and Boston Massacre).
  2. Students will know the significance of the first and second Continental Congresses and of the Committees of Correspondence.
  3. Students will know significant events between 1756 and 1776 that led to the outbreak of the American Revolution.

Classroom Activites

  1. Extra! Extra! Have students pretend to be newspaper reporters during Colonial Times. Have each student cover an event that led up to the Revolutionary War. Encourage them to remember the five W’s of reporting: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How? Remind students to be true to the time period in their writing style. As a class, compile the articles and create your own newspaper.
  2. War games. Have students work in small groups to create a board game to help learn about the causes of the Revolutionary War. Encourage students to think about the games they like to play and apply the same concepts to their games. Once the games are complete, have groups trade games with each other to test them out.

Vocabulary Words

1. Blockade
2. Boston massacre
3. Boston Tea Party
4. Boycott
5. Colonial governors
6. Colonist
7. Committee of Corresponden...
8. Congress
9. Continental Congress
10. Democracy
11. French and Indian War
12. General Thomas Gage
13. House of Burgesses
14. Imported
15. Intolerable Acts
16. Iroquois
17. James Otis
18. John Hancock
19. Legislature
20. Liberty
21. Massacre
22. Minutemen
23. Parliament
24. Patrick Henry
25. Patriot
26. Paul Revere
27. Petition
28. Proclamation of 1763
29. Protest
30. Quarter
31. Redcoats
32. Repeal
33. Royal Governor
34. Samuel Adams
35. Samuel Adams
36. Samuel Prescott
37. Sons and Daughters of Lib...
38. Stamp Act Congress
39. Stamp Act of 1765
40. Sugar Act of 1764
41. Taxation without represen...
42. Townshend Acts
43. William Dawes

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The Events Leading Up to War

What were the key events that brought a divided people together to stand and fight as one? In this engaging production your students will learn about The French and Indian War, Stamp Act, Intolerable Acts, Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and battles at Lexington and Concord. They will come to know the important actions of men like Patrick Henry,...

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Chapters (01-09)

00 - Play All
01 - Introduction
02 - Colonists under British...
03 - French and Indian War
04 - The British Assert Cont...
05 - Colonists Rebel
06 - The British Respond
07 - The Committees of Corre...
08 - The Continental Congres...
09 - Confrontation

The Events Leading Up to War
The Events Leading Up to War
The Revolutionary Wa...

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