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Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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  • Who Were the Signers of the Declaration of Independence?

  • Why would someone put their lives at risk for a cause?

  • Click on the above Google Map and select one person from the list.

  • Read his description and comment to the class blog.

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Battles of the American Revolution

Driving Question: How does the outcome of a battle effect the winning of a War? How do events trigger battles? Do small events have big consequences?

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  • How did the British colonists change from being loyal British citizens to Anti-British revolutionaries?

  • What events started this amazing transformation? What happened during the fifteen years between the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War that changed them?

  • In this Google Map, we will explore the events of the War, meeting key people along the way.

Treasure Hunt:

  • What were the Intolerable Acts and why did the colonists hate them?

  • What role did Paul Revere play on the night of April 18, 1775? How did the Battle of Lexington and Concord start?

  • Why was Fort Ticonderoga important?

  • Who won the Battle of Bunker HIll?

  • How did Henry Knox help the Revolution?

  • What influence did the book "Common Sense" have on the Revolution?

  • When did Congress endorse the Declaration of Independence?


  • Click on the link to access the larger Google map.

  • Scroll down and click on each entry.

  • Click on the link inside the post and read about that event.

  • Type your comments into the class blog.


The History Place

Driving Question: What Drives People to Rebel Against Oppression?

  • What happened on the fight of April 18, 1775 in Boston?

  • What were the reasons that three riders set out that stormy night to alert their neighbors? What did this night have to do with British trade?

  • What do we know about the key people of this time? What roles did they play?

  • What songs did the people sing in 1775 and how did the music reflect the events of the times? How was music used to protest Britain's unfair practices against the Colonies?

This Google map is an exploration of the geography, events, people and culture that existed in Boston on one fateful night in 1775.

  • It focuses on the true story of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, based on original source documents including his own writings.

  • We learn of two other riders, William Dawes and Dr. Samuel Prescott who also rode to save the lives of Samuel Adams and John Hancock, both essential to the Revolutionary cause.

  • It tells of how ordinary people were awaken from their sleep on April 18, 1775 to fight the most powerful soldiers of their time, the British Grenadiers.

This Google map is the story of the first day of the American Revolutionary War.

Treasure Hunt:

  • What was the cost of the French & Indian War to the British? Why were these debts a direct cause of the American Revolutionary War?

  • Why was Boston Harbor important to British trade?

  • Why was the Charles River especially important to the British?

  • What do you notice about the town of Boston in 1775 from the key destination map?

  • Who was General Thomas Gage? Why was his wife important to the Cause?

  • Why was the old North Church important to the Revolution? What was the signal?

  • What were the names of the three riders? Which rider finished the ride to Lexington?

  • Listen to the song "The Rich Lady Over the Sea", written and sung in 1775. What do the lyrics (words) tell you about the times? How did the colonists feel towards England?


  • Click on the link to access the Google map.

  • Scroll down and click on headings on the left.

  • A post will appear in the Google map. Read the post and click on the link embedded in the post.

  • Take notes as you read! What did you find that was unusual?

  • Type your comments into the class blog.


The History Place - Conflict and Revolution