Teaching the American Revolution Timeline Activity!

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American Revolution Timeline Activity

One of the best ways to bring the American Revolution time period to life is with a captivating and lively TIMELINE ACTIVITY!


The American Revolution is an important period in American history that teaches students about the fight for independence from Great Britain, as well as the significant and important events that preceded and occurred during the American Revolutionary War. A timeline activity can be incorporated into social studies lesson plans and implemented in both a traditional classroom setting with printable worksheets and a virtual classroom setting with Google Classroom. Each are an excellent way to immerse your students in the events of the American Revolution!


The first step in creating an American Revolution timeline activity is to compile a list of major events from this period of history. Some key events to include are the Stamp Act, the Sugar Act, the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Intolerable Acts, the First Continental Congress, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Declaration of Independence, Valley Forge, the Battle of Saratoga, the Treaty of Paris, the Second Continental Congress and so on. It is important to note that some events, such as the Townshend Acts and the Tea Act, led to the more well-known events, such as the Boston Tea Party, and that these events must be included on the timeline in the correct order. After compiling a list of events, assign your students the task of researching and discovering key details about each event, such as important people, causes, and outcomes of each event. This can be accomplished by incorporating primary and secondary sources, such as historical texts and documents, into interactive activities. You might also have your students create a visual representation of the timeline after they've researched and gathered information about each event. This may be done in a variety of ways, including the creation of a physical timeline on a bulletin board or using a digital tool to create an interactive timeline.


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Another suggestion to consider would be to divide up your class into small groups and assign each group a specific event or group of events and present to the class as a way to make the activity more interactive. This allows for student-led learning while also encouraging teamwork and collaboration. Through a timeline activity such as this, your students learnings will be reinforced on the important role that key figures like Paul Revere and General George Washington played in the American Revolution. They'll also learn more about the actions of the British forces and the British Parliament, as well as the actions and decisions made by King George III.


Once your class wraps up the American Revolution timeline activity, allow your students to use it as a reference tool to better understand the events and causes of the American Revolution and its impact on the formation of the United States.  An American Revolution timeline activity is a fun and engaging way to teach students about this crucial period of American history. Students can gain a deeper understanding of the era by researching key events and creating a visual representation of the timeline, students can gain a deeper understanding of the causes and outcomes of the American Revolution, and the important role played by key figures and events. An activity like this is very versatile and can be integrated into seamlessly into your lesson plans and used in either  more traditional or virtual classrooms, such as Google Classroom!


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Thank you for reading,

Jillian (a.k.a. the "Lesson Plan Guru")






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