All documents and text associated with this activity are printed below, followed by a worksheet for student responses.
A long series of outrages and abuses over time would drive the English citizens living in the colony of Massachusetts to seek self-government, believing that the united colonies were and should be free and independent states. Some of the events, which we might call the Prequel to Independence, represent key moments in the many years leading up to the creation of the United States of America.
In this activity, you will place a set of documents and images in chronological order. If you get stumped, use the “Show Hints” button.
Examine the documents and text included in this activity. Put the documents in order by entering the corresponding document number into the boxes below and write your conclusion response in the space provided.
Item #1: Daring treasonous resolution is presented.
Item #2: Remember Crispus Attucks died here.
Item #3: He said, “if they mean war, let it begin here.”
Item #4: Congress appointed a committee of 5.
Item #5: An equestrian event that warned the locals.
Item #6: . . . and we told everybody about it across the land!
Item #7: Siege of Boston, April 19, 1775 - March 17, 1776.
Item #8: We did it!
Item #9: We would become a nation of coffee drinkers.
Item #10: “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”
These events are, of course, not the only important events in this story. Write 1-3 paragraphs in which you describe the key events leading up to Independence. As examples, include each of these events in chronological order. Include the reasons that each of these is important, that is, how each event contributed to Independence and why it matters. Remember to include a knock-out topic sentence and a strong summative conclusion.
Consider creating an illustrated timeline, newspaper, or dramatic presentation based on these documents. You might incorporate music of the era and additional resources.