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Chapter 10, Lesson 1: Ties to Great Britain (pp. 236-240)
The Big Idea
Framework Concept: Conflict Even though the colonists were loyal to Great Britain, they were divided from one another.
- Ask students to discuss loyalty. Ask them who or what they feel loyal to and ask them why they feel that way.
- You may also wish to discuss with students how the colonists felt about each other and Great Britain from 1720-1764. Explain that the colonists did not have an army, could not make laws unless Great Britain allowed them, and could not trade with anyone but Great Britain. Also discuss how spread out all the colonists were from one another, and how regional and cultural differences further divided them. Write their responses under the headings "How They Felt About Each Other" and "How They Felt About Great Britain" and have them add to or revise their responses as they read the chapter.
Use the Lesson Outline to preview the content of the lesson. You may wish to print it for your students as a guide during reading.
Check for Understanding
- Have students study the map on page 237 and consider what they have learned about the different groups living in the colonies. Then have each write a newspaper editorial either agreeing or disagreeing with Andrew Burnaby's statement at the top of page 238. Remind them to support their views with facts and evidence.
- Divide students into pairs. Have one student create a picture from the point of view of a colonist unhappy with British leadership and the other student create a picture from the point of view of a British official. In their pictures, have each student present his or her point of view of the benefits and costs of British leadership to the American colonies.
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