Lesson Plan

The French and Indian War 1754-1763: Unit 6 – How Did the War Set the Stage for the American Revolution?

Join or Die cartoon
The “Join or Die” cartoon that was developed during the French and Indian War.
Library of Congress

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
Subject:
American Indian History and Culture, Colonial History, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War
Duration:
1 1/2 hours
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
National History Standards: K-4 Topic 2: 3B, 3D, 3E; K-4 Topic 3: 4A, 4B, 4C; US Era 2: 1AB, 2A; US Era 3: 1A, 1C; World Era 6: 4A

Overview

“How Did the War Set the Stage for the American Revolution?” Unit 6 of the Teacher’s Education Kit “The French and Indian War: 1754-1763” has the students read a student reading that teaches four ways the French and Indian War set the stage for the American Revolution.  The students also learn about the “Join or Die” logo.

“The French and Indian War 1754-1763” is broken into eight units and a Teacher Background.

Objective(s)

Guiding Question: How did the French and Indian War set the stage for the American Revolution? What experience had the colonists gained? How had the political situation changed?

 

Critical Content: At the end of the French and Indian War the British had a huge new empire to manage and a huge debt. To help pay for the soldiers stationed in North America the British Parliament began to tax the colonists. Upset with the taxes and other changes the colonist revolted. Many British colonists had gained military experience during the French and Indian War. Also the French join the colonists during the American Revolution partly to get revenge on the British, after losing the French and Indian War. When the Americans won the American Revolution new and drastically different leaders began to set the policies for how to interact with the American Indians.

 

Student Objectives: Students will…

·        List four ways the French and Indian War affected the American Revolution

·        List one way the American Revolution affected the American Indians

·        List one reason the "Join or Die" logo become popular during the American Revolution 



Background

This unit includes two lesson plans:

·        "The French and Indian War Sets the Stage for the American Revolution" has students learn four ways the French and Indian War affected the American Revolution. Also students learn about how the American Revolution affected the American Indians.

·        "Join or Die" has students explore the Join or Die political cartoon drawn by Benjamin Franklin during the French and Indian War and draw conclusions about why it became popular during the American Revolution

The "French and Indian War 1754-1763" Teacher's Education Kit is targeted for 4th-6th grade students. It is broken into eight units and a Teacher Background section. Each unit can be completed independently. Units 1 – 6 chronologically follow the war from start to finish, including how the war set the stage for the American Revolution. There are two lessons that feature George Washington. Each unit has one or more lesson plans. Unit 7 has 27 biography cards of people involved in the French and Indian War. There are nine American Indian biographies, nine French biographies and nine British biographies. Unit 8 provides information on primary documents and artifacts that are featured on the biography cards. Also included is a color map and information on French and Indian War historical sites in western Pennsylvania.

Check out the Teacher Background and other units:

 

Teacher Background

Unit 1: Who Were the People Involved?

Unit 2: What Were they fighting For?

Unit 3: How Did the Conflict Begin?

Unit 4: How did the War Progress?

Unit 5: How Did the Conflict End? What Were the Consequences?

Unit 6: How Did the French and Indian War Set the Stage for the American Revolution?

Unit 7: Biography Cards

Unit 8: Primary Documents and Artifacts 

 

This curriculum is available to teachers free of charge in as a printed three ring binder or on CD. Please email the staff if you are interested in receiving the curriculum in one of these formats.

 



Materials

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Procedure

1. Download the pdf of the lesson plans (by clicking on the button next to the title)

2. Download the Teacher Background from the Materials section

3. Teach and discuss with the students



Park Connections

Fort Necessity was the opening battle of the French and Indian War.  At the end of this conflict the French were defeated and lost most of their land in North America. The changes caused shifts for all the participants; the French the British and the American Indians.

 



Additional Resources

Historic Sites Information

 

Acknowledgement and Introduction