Process

Step 1 - Individual Task:

Read the questions below.  Keep them in mind as you are navigating the linked websites below them.  As you are reading each website, make sure to find one answer on each website you visit.  Take detailed notes for each answer as you will be using these notes later to write an essay.  If you can come up with more than one answer per website, just write any additional answers or notes on the back of your paper.

Good: What are the 3 most positive effects to have come out of the Revolutionary War? Go to these 3 websites to find out 3 good things that came out of the Revolutionary War:

http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/femvets.html

http://www.congressforkids.net/Constitution_threebranches.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolution (Scroll down to "Worldwide Influence" and read this section)

Bad: What are the 3 most negative effects to have come about because of the Revolutioary War? Go to these 3 websites to find out 3 bad things that came out of the Revolutionary War: 

http://www.nps.gov/revwar/about_the_revolution/consequences_war.html

http://www.theamericanrevolution.org/battles.asp

http://www.nps.gov/revwar/about_the_revolution/american_indians.html

 

Step 2 - Group Poster: Positive Effects and Negative Effects

  1. Get into your teacher-assigned groups of 6 and discuss the answers to the questions in Step 1.
  2. Work together to create two lists: one with the most positive effects to have come out of the Revolutionary War and one with the most negative effects to have come out of the Revolutionary War.  Rank each point on the list in order of how many people agree with the point. (For example: if everyone agrees that a positive effect to have come out of the Revolutionary War is that the colonists were free from paying British taxes, put that as #1 on the list)
  3. Create a poster on butcher paper that is vertically divided in half.  The left side will have your list of positive effects along with drawings to illustrate your list.  The right side will have your list of negative effects along with drawings to illustrate your list.
  4. You will be presenting your poster as a group to the rest of the class so divide what you will be presenting evenly amongst the group. 
  5. After each group has made their poster presentation, all posters will be hung around the room.

Step 3 - Persuasive Essay

Imagine you are living at the time of the Revolutionary War.  You miraculously were able to see the future and saw all of the positive effects and all of the consequences the war had on the people living in America.  Decide if you would have fought in the war or not and write a persuasive essay that will be published in your local newspaper. 

Your essay must: 

  1. Clearly state your opinion on whether or not fighting a war with the British is worth the future consequences/positive effects. 
  2. Address people living at the time of the American Revolution.
  3. Have 3 or more pieces of evidence to support your opinion. (You may use the posters around the room or your notes from Step 1 to come up with your evidence.)
  4. Provide evidence for each of your examples.