United States History Honors
Theme I: Establishing the American Ideal
Purpose: To recognize that the Enlightenment philosophy and Revolution are the foundation for the American Ideal.
Essential Question: Was the American Revolution Justified?
Review Enlightenment Philosophers
HW: Finish Philosopher Readings and chart
Discuss Local History
Road to Revolution power point
Intro Road to Revolution presentations
HW: Assigned Topic Research
Computer Lab: Road to Revolution research
Links for Research:
Modern History Source Book Scroll down to American Independance
HW: Road to Revolution Presentation information due Friday
Critique the events leading to the American Revolution in order to identify and defend the “point of no return”.
Presentations go in the order of events listed.
HW: Use of Propaganda: identify purpose, audience and bias in the following documents
Read and high light Thomas Paine's Common Sense answer qs 1-4
James Chalmers' Plain Truth What was the loyalist vision of colonial America? What if the British had won the war?
Bring above documents to class
Finish Road to Revolution
HW: Point of no return position - in your notes
Loyalist vs Patriot
HW: draft #3 of thesis for most significant event.
read Just war theory/tradition
Was the American Revolution Justified?
3 Groups: Loyalist, undecided, patriot will apply Just War criteria to the Revolution to determine whether or not the war was justified. Prepare argument and support with evidence.
HW: The Declaration of Independence: Purpose, audience and bias
Evidence of Locke and Paine?
b. References to acts/taxes from Road to Revolution presentations?
Finish Seminar: American Revolution Justified? Patriot/Loyalist POV to persuade Neutrals
D of I
Would you sign?