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?

September 2011

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Welcome Back

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Base-line Assessment

 

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No School

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Review Enlightenment Philosophers

HW: Finish Philosopher Readings and chart

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Enlightenment Activity

 

HW:

Local History Docs

Reading Response

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Discuss Local History

Road to Revolution power point

Intro Road to Revolution presentations

HW: Assigned Topic Research

 APPARTS

 

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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

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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

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Finish Road to Revolution

HW: Point of no return position - in your notes

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Thesis tutorial

Loyalist vs Patriot

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  • Intro paragraph: thesis with partition
  • 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?

HW: draft #3 of thesis for most significant event.

read Just war theory/tradition

 

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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?

 

 

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Finish Seminar: American Revolution Justified? Patriot/Loyalist POV to persuade Neutrals

D of I

What would have happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence if the colonists lost the war? Read In our own Words, discuss with your group and respond to the attached quotes.

Would you sign?

Just War Chart