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“Don’t Tread on Me” The American Revolution—Why Does it Matter?
The Constitution of the United States was drafted using Enlightenment ideas to create a workable form of government.

Enlightenment ideas about natural rights of life, liberty and property were becoming widespread as American colonists were experiencing what they saw as infringements upon their rights. The Quartering Act of 1765 was seen as an infringement on property rights. The Massachusetts Government Act placed severe limitations on the colonists’ ability to assemble in their town meetings. The Enlightenment ideas and British policies became focal points of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

I can:
  • Explain how the enlightenment influenced the American Revolution.

  • Explain the importance of the American Revolution in the United States

  • Develop theses and use evidence to support or refute positions.

  • Analyze cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including multiple causation and long- and short-term causal relations.

Tech Skills:
  • Navigate websites

  • Utilize keyboarding and mouse skills

  • Select objects and paste them into another location.

  • Select an object to resize for proper proportions

  • Select areas within the drawing

  • Drag and drop objects and text depending on the needs of the product

  • Highlight text and copy and paste it into another location.

  • Properly cite and utilize web images connected to content

  • Utilize Google Drawings to create.

  • Publish and share a digital creation

Materials and Resources:

10 Things to Know About the Supreme Court

Intro to Google Drawings in the Classroom

Topic: Google Drawings

Grade Level:
  • 9th-12th Grade
Subject Area:
  • American History

After studying the American Revolution and its impact in the United States, students will script a list of 10 Key things to know about the American Revolution and its impacts. Their design will be influenced by the example on the Supreme Court.


Activity 1:

Students will create their list of ten things regarding the Revolution’s impact.

  • They should compose a reference page if supplementary materials are utilized in their creation.


Activity 2:

Utilizing google drawings and their list, students will create their digital piece

Completed product will be shared with instructor



Ohio American History

  • 7. Problems facing the national government under the Articles of Confederation led to the drafting of the Constitution of the United States. The framers of the Constitution applied ideas of Enlightenment in conceiving the new government.

  • 8. The Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist Papers structured the national debate over the ratification of the Constitution of the United States.

Supplementary Resources:


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