In this unit, students explore colonial perspectives on the Revolutionary War. They begin by hearing a read aloud of Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak, which outlines the outbreak of the Boston Tea Party from multiple perspectives. Students then read and analyze short informational texts pertaining to some of the perspectives they heard in Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak to build background knowledge about the American Revolution and the reasons colonists became either Patriots who fought for independence or Loyalists who fought to remain a part of Great Britain. For the mid-unit assessment, students research using a new informational text in order to write an informative paragraph about who Patriots were and what they believed.
In the second half of the unit, students zoom in to read about different groups within the Loyalists and Patriots. They read about African American slaves and Native Americans, about their contributions to the American Revolution, and about the way they were treated after the revolution. As students read these informational texts, they determine the main idea and analyze the overall structure before summarizing the texts. For the end of unit assessment, students read a new informational text, determine the main idea and structure, and write a summary of the text.