Lesson Plan #3
Unit Name: Colonial
Lesson Theme: The French
and Indian War
Prior Student Preparation:
sources / secondary sources
|Students will learn through the
use of primary sources the British and American perspectives of the French
and Indian War.
|Students will gain a more clear
understanding of the events and outcomes caused by the French and Indian
|Students will exhibit their analytical
skills by constructing war reports/newscasts.
|Students will apply narrative
|Students will better understand
the important role the French and Indian War played in explaining the beginnings
of social discontent.
Order of the Lesson
Estimated Time Sequential Steps
will give overview, explain the activity, put students into 4 groups, and
distribute information to each group representing different events during
the French and Indian War.
imagine they are colonial war correspondents, reporting on the French and
Indian War and create newscasts about the event they are assigned to. Each
group is assigned one of the following events: the meeting of the Albany
Congress, Braddock’s march on Fort Duquesne, the British victory at Quebec,
and the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Students’ broadcast must include
important individuals, the course of action, and the significance of events.
present broadcasts. Then one student from each group will write on the
chalkboard the main points they discussed in their newscast while students’
record this information on the right-hand side of their interactive journal.
will be asked to generalize from the data the attitudes or opinions of
newscasters from different perspectives (i.e. a French broadcaster reporting
on the same events) while the teacher facilitates a class discussion.
Closure / Clean Up / Final Instructions / Assignment
Lesson Closure: Explain to students
how the French and Indian War and the events that followed it began to
lay the groundwork for colonists to generate rebellious thoughts.
Assignment: Interpret and answer the
questions about the political cartoon created by Benjamin Franklin in 1754.
Also explain what message political cartoons communicate about war in the
United States today.
Lesson Feed Back: Lesson Reflection: