Theme Project: The year is 1774. You live in the English colonies in America. You must decide if you will become a Patriot or a Loyalist. How can you decide?

1. Choose a Character Your decision to become a Patriot or a Loyalist will depend a lot on who you are. Choose a character, such as a journalist, lawyer, clergyperson, merchant, sailor, housewife, enslaved person, or Native American. Below, write your name, describe who you are, what you do, and where you live.

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2. Analyze the Issues Complete the chart below to show how you, as your character, would have responded to colonial events. Fill in the first column with events or acts that led the colonies to declare their independence. In the second column, write “Patriots” or “Loyalists” to tell whom you would have supported for each event. Then write a sentence telling why you supported that side.

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3. Choose a Side Now decide, based on the information in your chart, decide if you will remain loyal to Britain or fight for independence. Put a check mark in the box next to the group you have joined.

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  • Loyalists

4. Write Articles Choose two events from the list in your chart. Write an article about each one for a colonial newspaper, expressing your point of view and opinions as a Patriot or Loyalist.

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5. Write a Letter Write a letter to a friend that explains your position as a Patriot or Loyalist. Make sure to mention in your letter which events influenced your decision the most.

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6. Defend Your Side Form a group with other classmates who are on the same side as you are. Prepare for a class debate between Patriots and Loyalists. Use your articles and letters to defend your points of view.