**Background Knowldge on Patriots, Loyalists, and Neutrals:**

Use the following website to make yourself familiar with the sides of the Revolution. Take notes and discuss what the three sides stood for and who was typically included in them.

Choosing Sides: Loyalists, Patriots and Neutrals

Answer the following questions:

1. What fraction of colonists were considered Loyalists?
2. What fraction of colonists were considered Patriots?
3. What fraction of colonists were considered to be Neutral?
4. Explain what each side believed and what sort of people were usually included in them.

Create a pie graph split into five equal pieces and color the right amount for each side (loyalists, patriots, and neutrals). Create a color code.

Colonial Life:

Glance over the following website to make yourself familiar with how life was in colonial times. Take some notes.

Daily Life in the Colonies



**Choosing Sides**


The following website describes what the loyalists felt during the time before the American Revolution. After you have read the website, answer the following questions with your partner.

The Loyalist Point of View

1. Why did loyalists not want to have a revolution?
2. Why did Britain tax the colonies?
3. Was there any opportunity for the colonies to be represented in Parliament?
4. Did British Parliament tax the citizens in Britain too?
5. Should Britain have taxed the colonists? Was it fair? Why or why not? 


***Why would leaving behind something that is known be scary or unwise?

This next website is written from the point of view of a loyalist discussing taxes and representation. Read what he says and answer the questions below. You may stop reading after the loyalist signs “God Save the King.”

True Common Sense

1. How does this loyalist feel about the taxes? Are they fair or unfair?
2. How much was Britain collecting a year from its citizens in taxes? In the colonies?
3. Do you think a revolution would solve the problem of taxes?
4. Does the loyalist think that the creation of a new country would be free of taxes? Do you? What do you think taxes are used for?
5. How was England protecting the colonies?

Now that you have read both websites, take a moment to discuss the loyalist point of view with your partner. How do you feel about the loyalists? Is there any truth to what they say? Write down how you feel on your paper, and then move on to read the sections on the Patriots.


Read the next website to discover some of the reasons why the Patriots felt that they needed a change. Answer the questions that follow.


Causes of the American Revolution


1. What is funny about an island ruling a continent?
2. What sort of things did King George III tax?
3. Why did the taxes make the colonists mad?
4. Where did the money go? Is this fair?
5. What did colonists do in response? Do you think this was effective? Why or why not?
6. How did the Navigation Acts affect the colonists? Were the fair to the colonists?
7. What rights did the King take away? How would this have made you feel?


Now that you have read some things about the Patriots, what do you think of their cause? Is there any truth to what they say? Write down how you feel on your paper, and then discuss it with your partner.


***A Choice***


Now it’s time to make a choice. Looking at both sides, decide which one you think was more correct. Discuss it with your partner and if you disagree, try to persuade each other. If you cannot reach an agreement, that’s okay.


You will now be creating a poster with your partner about the side of your choice. Write the name of the group on the top of the poster and then write at least six facts about your side and why you feel they are the better choice on the poster. Persuade your classmates that this is the right side to be on. Add some drawings and color to your poster. Remember to make it look neat! Use the information on the websites to help you.

If you and your partner do not agree, then you can create a split poster. Draw a line down the middle of the poster so that you each have half and work together to compare and contrast the sides.