I want to quickly share another cross-curricular project I did in my classroom this past week! We have been studying the Revolutionary War in social studies and point of view in ELA. So why not mix the two, right?!
I got this idea from the fabulous blogger Sandy, over at Fearless in 5th! She has some AWESOME ideas for upper grades, and this has been one of my favorites!
One of my big focus lessons for our Revolutionary War unit is how the British viewed the events leading up to the war vs. how the colonists viewed the events leading up to the war.
To teach point of view this year, I added this fun point of view eyeball project to really drive the point home. After seeing Sandy’s awesome eyeballs, I just had to try it! My students had so much fun completing them, and they look amazing lining our walls! Some students sided with the colonists and some sided with the British.
The prompts I gave to the students were:
1.) Imagine that you are an American colonist. Draw an event leading up to the Revolutionary War from the perspective of an American colonist. The drawing should demonstrate how you feel about Great Britain, how you feel about British soldiers being in the colonies, how you feel about your fellow colonists, or how you feel about a specific event leading up to the Revolutionary War.
2.) Imagine that you are a British soldier. Draw an event leading up to the Revolutionary War from the perspective of a British soldier. The drawing should demonstrate how you feel about the colonists or how you feel about a specific event leading up to the Revolutionary War.
The Quartering Act- a British Red Coat knocking on a colonist’s door to stay the night. So awesome!
Tax collectors knocking on colonist’s doors to collect.
The Boston Tea Party!
Didn’t these turn out so awesome?! I’m so proud of my kids’ work! Head on over to Sandy’s blog to check out her student’s work!