Understand how political, religious, and economic ideas and interests brought about the Revolution (e.g., resistance to imperial policy, the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, taxes on tea, Coercive Acts).

Road to American Revolution

Why did colonists start to rebel against Great Britain? Download Primary Source Set: Road to American Revolution 


This source set will allow students to explore the major events that led to the American Revolution, focusing on the Parliamentary Acts and the colonists’ response to them.

The Stamp Act

How did the Stamp Act increase tensions in the colonies? Download Lesson: The Stamp Act

This 5th grade lesson is designed as a starting point to the study of the American Revolution. The lesson’s focus on the Stamp Act provides teachers with an opportunity to increase student reading comprehension and disciplinary understanding. Through analysis of primary sources—letters, declarations, and images—students will make historical interpretations of the revolutionary sparks ignited by the Stamp Act.

Founding of the US

Why did Thomas Paine argue for independence? Download Lesson: Founding of the US

This lesson is designed to support student comprehension of an excerpt from Common Sense written by Thomas Paine. This passage is included in Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards.