Grade 8 Unit 2 Revolutionary Era

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject - U.S. History                                          

Grade - 8th

Unit - Revolutionary Era                                    

Pacing – Oct./Nov.


Essential Question(s):

1.     What were the causes of the Revolutionary War?

2.     What steps did colonist take when dealing with Britain?

3.     What impact did the American Revolution have on the United States of America and the world?

Big Idea(s)

1.     The colonists rebelled against England because they felt they were not represented in their own government.

2.     The Declaration of Independence is a document that sets the foundation of the U.S.

3.     Defeating the British, made other countries recognize the United States of America.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

1.1.5 - Explain the causes of the revolutionary War. 

    1.3.2 - Identify examples of American influence on other cultures and

              world events.

2.1 – Gather information from historical maps.

3.1.2 – Cite evidence to support and/or critique a historian’s interpretation of    

            an event.   

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



Causes of the Revolutionary War




American influence


World events



 Explain (the causes of the war)





 Identify (American influence)









Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

See Pre-Assessment Revolutionary Era


 “Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):


Will be created individually at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):


                         See Post Assessment Revolutionary Era

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

“The American Nation”   Chapters 5 and 6

Videos   “The Crossing”

             “ Johnny Tremaine”

Novel   My Brother Sam is Dead

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Note taking

Historical non-fiction reading

Graphic organizers


Vocabulary/Word Wall



Interdisciplinary Connections


Paper Doll

Create a map of major battles

Revolutionary Comic Book



“The Crossing”

“Johnny Tremaine”



My Brother Sam is Dead

English- Letter to the King of England describing why you are a dissatisfied colonist.


Art- Create a Revolutionary Comic Book


Reading- My Bother Sam is Dead