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Revolutionary War Vocabulary

Use this lesson to help your ELs learn key vocabulary terms that they will see in future lessons about the American Revolution. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson A Living Timeline: The American Revolution.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the A Living Timeline: The American Revolution lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the A Living Timeline: The American Revolution lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to identify and demonstrate the important information about an event from the American Revolution.

Language

Students will be able to draw visuals and complete sentences with content-specific vocabulary using word banks and sentence frames for support.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
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  • Tell students that they will be preparing for future history lessons by studying vocabulary words and making a timeline.
  • Explain that one of the most challenging things about studying history is that there is a lot of new vocabulary to learn, so in today's lesson they will be studying some key words they will be seeing and hearing in future lessons about the Revolutionary War.
  • Give students a brief background about the Revolutionary War (e.g., "It was a war that took place in the 1700s between Great Britain and the 13 colonies, who wanted to declare independence from British rule. It is referred to as the Revolutionary War or the American Revolution.").
  • Show students a map and point out Great Britain and the original 13 colonies. Review students' background knowledge about the colonies if applicable.