Week 6

OK, guys, remember this week, we’re trying the timed release method, so you don’t have everything on this list yet.


  • Review Week 6 Slides

  • Read: America’s History Chapter 6: Making War and Republican Governments (1776 - 1789)

  • Work on the Chapter 6 Study Guide (download here)


  • Finish reading chapter 6 and the Chapter 6 study guide

  • DBQ Practice: How did ideas about American independence change from 1763 to 1783?

    YOU ARE NOT WRITING AN ESSAY. You are writing:

        • a thesis

        • with three specific arguments

        • examples (at least two!) for each argument

(See the AP rubric here if you need to review it!)


Read and annotate the following primary sources. Remember: They all connect to your history reading for this week, so you want to think about HOW they connect as you are reading!

  • Thomas Paine: American Crisis – “These are the times that try men’s souls…”

      • Why would Washington use this essay to restore his soldiers’ morale? (Include specific details!)

  • George Washington from Valley Forge on the urgent need for men and supplies, 1777

      • Select a portion of Washington’s letter to illustrate his mood in December 1777 as he and his army encamped at Valley Forge.

      • According to Washington, what difficulties did the Continental Army face, which posed the most significant danger? Why?

      • George Washington’s ability as a commander has frequently been questioned. How did his leadership qualities become evident in this communication?

      • What did Washington describe as the most crucial needs?

      • Provide an explanation as to why the Continental Army was so poorly provisioned.


  • Read: Zinn Chapter 5: “A Kind of Revolution”

  • Finish the Zinn Chapter 5 study guide

  • Listen to Amy’s thrilling and exciting* lecture (*results may vary)


Critical Thinking Assignment: Analyze the military, political, and diplomatic reasons for American victory in the Revolutionary War.

How did the colonists defeat the greatest empire in the world? 

      • Was it inspiration? The power of ideals?

      • Was it leadership?

      • Was it inevitable?

Your task is to create a: “Top 10 reasons for American Victory in the Revolution”

We need to see 10 distinct political, military, economic, geographic, philosophical, or diplomatic events, people, concepts, and reasons that to you explain why the Revolution was won.

You have to do everything above the line. The rest of this is just supplemental.


A handy map for people who like maps! The dates beside the colony names are the dates the colonies were founded — and notice all those French forts in the frontier!

A handy map for people who like maps! The dates beside the colony names are the dates the colonies were founded — and notice all those French forts in the frontier!

I think Mason will especially like this, but anyone would appreciate this cool interactive map of the American Revolution.

  • What was it like to be a soldier in the Continental Army? This first-person account from Joseph Plumb Martin (he was just 15 when he joined up!) gives you a pretty good idea. (Click to download.)

Week 5

Week 5 Assignment Sheet (all the primary sources are linked here!)

  • You may want to note that you have two assignments included here that you’re turning in to me! The King George breakup letter is due next week. You have two weeks to work on the Recipe for Revolution — it’s due Week 7.

Week 4 Lecture Notes (featuring not-entirely random Beatles music and a really whackadoo tarring and feathering scene from the John Adams miniseries. Also I know somebody wants to put Abigail Adams on the wall of decent human beings.)

Apparently there is a whole world of colonial-themed music out there, and I feel that I would be remiss in my instructorly duties if I did not send you down this rabbit hole at least a little bit. (You guys, please watch King George III evilly eating grapes in the first one because it will make your day 5% better.)

Week 4

Other Stuff You May Find Useful This Week:

(None of this is required!)

  • Try a Period 1 and 2 Kahoot! (This is more fun if you can get other people to do it with you!)

  • Test your Period 1 and 2 knowledge with this Quizlet.

  • Several of you mentioned that you’re feeling intimidated by DBQs, and we’ll continue to talk more about those, but you may also find this video helpful!

  • You may find this summary of how different countries established colonies in North America useful when you’re trying to compare and contrast.

  • Similarly, you may find this breakdown of the British-American relationship useful.

  • And this Period 2 review is really handy for recapping the most important points.