Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Tonight you'll get to share what you know now about the Revolutionary War. This will be helpful for your test tomorrow.

Here are some talking points. You choose how many. 

  • Parliament
  • Protest/Boycott
  • Patriots vs. Loyalists
  • Acts
  • Declaration of Independence
  • James Otis, Patrick Henry, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington
  • war turning points
  • hardships for the colonists
  • settlement of western lands
  • views toward slavery
  • include key people and vocabulary
Write as much as you'd like. I'd probably write more than 1-2 sentences :)


  1. What events led to the American Revolution?
    First engagements of the Revolutionary War between British troops and the Minutemen, who had been warned of the attack by Paul Revere.

    How did colonists work together?

    Continental Army and almost FAILED to supply them... each Colony took care of supplying and feeding their OWN Militia before assisting the Army.
    Why did colonists declare independence?

    Who caused change in the colonies?

    The American Revolution was precipitated, in part, by a series of laws passed between 1763 and 1775 that regulating trade and taxes.

    What are some of the major battles during the Revolution?
    Lexington and Concord, April 1775

    How did other nations help the Patriots?

    They needed to get their support so they asked by saying that if they help, it will hurt Britain.

  2. Here is a list of important events in the war:

    Won French and Indian War-1763
    Proclamation of 1763-1763
    Sugar Act-1764
    Stamp Act-1765
    Sons of Liberty Begin-1765
    Stamp Act Congress (in New York City)-1765
    Repeals Stamp Act-1766
    Townshend Acts-1767
    Boston Massacre-1770
    Repealed Townshend Acts-1770
    Tea Act-1773
    Boston Tea Party- December 16th, 1773
    Coercive Acts (punishment for Boston Tea Party)-1774
    Lexington and Concord (Paul Revere and William Dawes)- April 1775
    Albany Congress-1754
    Committees of Correspondence (formed by Samuel Adams)-1772
    The First Continental Congress (Philadelphia)-1774
    Second Continental Congress (Philadelphia)- May 1775
    Ethan Allen+Benedict Arnold defeat British at Fort Ticonderoga-May 1775
    Bunker Hill- June 1775
    Boston Siege- July 1775 to March 1776
    Olive Branch Petition-1775
    Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense-January, 1776
    Declaration of Independence Finished-July 4, 1776
    British capture New York City- August 1776
    Capture German mercenaries (Hessians)-December 1776
    Battle of Saratoga- fall of 1777
    French agree to join- fall of 1777 (right after battle of Saratoga
    Valley Forge- December 1777 to spring of 1778
    George Rogers Clark went to capture Forts Vincennes and Kaskaskia (french didn’t fight back)-1778
    British recaptures Forts Vincennes and Kaskaskia- December 1778
    British captures Savannah, Georgia- December 1778
    George Rogers Clark leads troops through swamplands-February 1779
    America recaptures Forts Vincennes and Kaskaskia- February 1779
    John Paul Jones says “I have not yet begun to fight” in Atlantic sea battle and forces British to retreat- 1779
    British won battle in Charles Town, South Carolina and Camden, South Carolina- May 1780
    Francis Marion (Swamp Fox) attacks British in South Carolina then retreats again- sometime after May 1780
    General Nathanael Greene split army into 2 smaller forces and made British chase them across North and South Carolina-same time as Swamp Fox battles
    General Charles Cornwallis raided Virginia and nearly captured Virginia’s governor-April 1781
    General Charles Cornwallis moved forces to Yorktown-August 1781
    General Washington moved large force 400 miles so they could meet up with General Charles Cornwallis in Yorktown- September 1781
    General Washington trapped British army-September 1781
    General Charles Cornwallis surrenders- October 19, 1781
    Treaty of Paris signed- 1783
    Northwest Ordinance- 1787

    I think that the most important event (besides the signing of the Treaty of Paris) was probably the Battle of Saratoga. Not only were the colonists victorious, it convinced the French to join them. Without the French to help, many battles would have been lost. For example, Marie Joseph de Lafayette wouldn't have conquered the British in battle and the Americans wouldn't have surrounded General Cornwallis's troops (not to mention that they couldn't pay for the war themselves.)

    1. THAT IS SO DETAILED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT FACTS!!!!!!! Nice point about Saratoga because the french were actually very important, like other allies including african americans because Peter Salem wounded a British commander. Nice job!

    2. Also, the French convinced Spain and Netherlands to give money and supplies to the patriots.

    3. Of course, but they didn't help fight like the French did.

    4. Let me restate that: SPAIN and NETHERLANDS didn't help fight. The African Americans and Native American tribes did.

    5. BUT IT HELPED!!!!! But, they didn't actually fight. France was the only other country except for the Indians that wanted revenge on them after the French And Indian War. Thats why they fought.

    6. Just seeing FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR, wouldn't the french and indians be against each other.

  3. Each three subjects will have a fact and a question, how many questions can you guess. Write your answers below!

    Fact: Parliament is Britain’s law making assembly, at one point they helped find a way to increase Britain’s debt.

    Question: How did Parliament help increase Britain’s debt, did they succeed or did failure await them?

    Fact: The definition of boycott is an organized refusal to buy goods or services.

    Question: Name a time, in the Social Studies book, when this happened?

    Fact: A Patriot was someone who felt colonies should separate from Britain while Loyalist thought the opposite.

    Question: In YOUR opinion, would you be a loyalist or a patriot, why or why not?

    1. I think that I would probably be a Patriot because in America, I would be more accepted than in England.

    2. Loyalist.
      Being me I would not want to risk being killed but If I WOULD NOT be killed I might be a patriot.

  4. Important Turning Points:
    In June, 1776, there was a document that was written. This was mainly written by Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. They made a document that stated that "all men are created equal, and have unalienable rights". This document declared independence. This was called: The Declaration Of Independence. This could risk their lives, but they were brave men.
    April was the month that the patriots defeated Britain, with their militias that made them retreat.
    Also, the americans yet again won another battle. This was led by Ethen Allen, and Benedict Arnold, at Fort Ticonderoga. They didn't just win, but got some cannons which made a huge difference for the patriots.
    Washington led his troops to surround Boston, but the British wouldn't even surrender for a whole year. But then in March, 1776, the Americans got their cannons and the British retreated.
    The British and the Americans both got allies. The British and Americans both got some indians and african americans. These people were very important for both sides.
    Settling land west:
    After the treaty of paris, the colonists got new land. So, the settlers settled west. But, the congress figured out that people too west of the government. They made a Ordinance to separate land for settlers. There was also the Northwest ordinance of 1787, that divided area north of Ohio into territories. Every territory had 5,000 free males. When the territory reached 60,000 people, they could write its own constitution.

    I have a question: If you could be in any important meeting or battle, what would it be?

    1. The last one lead by Ethan Allen. I pick it because it is the one were the colonists one.

  5. What does it mean to be a Patriot vs a Loyalist
    Patriots are against the british and they want to become there own constitution with their own government. They also wanted to get away from the taxes and tariffs that the british were imposing. Famous Patriots George Washington, John Adam, John Hancock Nathaniel Greene, Thomas Paine, James Otis, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Where as the loyalists or tories wanted to stay under British rule and they fought the Patriots so that they would surrender. Famous Loyalists. King George III and General Cornwallis.

    Here are some infamous acts and what the taxed
    Stamp Act: Anything that was printed, cards, newspaper, etc
    Sugar Act: Anything that had sugar, molasses, etc
    Townshend Act: Anything that was imported from England (especially tea)

    Some people who boycotted and tarred and feathered people was a group called the sons of liberty a famous person who was a leader in the revolution that was a son of liberty was Samuel Adams.

    1. Sorry had to use my moms this is Conradical

  6. What events led to the American Revolution?
    First engagements of the Revolutionary War between British troops and the Minutemen, And Paul Revere warned them.

    The British and Americans both got some indians and african americans. These people were very important for both sides. Settling land in the west.

    The Americans won again. This was led by Ethen Allen, and Benedict Arnold, at Fort Ticonderoga. They didn't just win, but got some cannons which made a huge difference for the patriots.

  7. Patriots vs. Loyalists

    The patriots were the colonists that wanted to stay and have their own separate government and the loyalist were the ones that wanted to be with the king and keep them as a Briton. The loyalist came over to America because they wanted to make sure that the colonists were paying for their taxes. But apparently the colonists did not want people watching over them like a hawk to make sure they did their taxes. A few colonists threw snowballs at the "lobster backs" and they reacted violently. The first person out of 5 people who died was Crispus Attucks.
    A 'friendly' snowball turned into a deadly bullet.


    The acts started after the FrenchIndian War. King George had to pay for his debt and decided to tax the colonies. He first decided to limit where the colonist wonder off to so no further than the Appalachian mountains. Then the STAMP ACT witched taxed anything that was printed, like newspapers. Then the SUGAR ACT witch taxed anything with sugar like pastries. Also the TOWNSHEND ACT was where anything imported like glass and tea was taxed.

    I think that covered the beginning of the war......................................