The Loyalist Meets the Patriot

Introduction

Task

Process

Resources

Evaluation

Conclusion

 

Introduction

You are an aspiring newspaper reporter (and kind of nosy too) in New England in early 1775, on the eve of the American Revolution.  Perhaps you're in a tavern or out on the street. You hear two people in a heated conversation--an argument, really--concerning the appropriate way for the colonies to respond to the current situation they're facing. One is clearly a Patriot and the other is definitely a Loyalist. You decide to write down their dialogue word for word.  Maybe this will finally be the story that will put you on the front page!
 

Task

Your task is to write the dialogue that you heard on street prior to the American Revolution.  First, using the Internet you must research the positions of the Loyalists and Patriots, the events leading up to the Revolution, and daily life in the colonies.
 

Process

Resources

Loyalists Resources

Use the links below to learn about the Loyalists point of view.  Answer the questions on your handout as you visit and read the web sites. 
 

An Outline of American History: Loyalists During the American Revolution

American Revolution: Loyalists

Remembering Black Loyalists

Revolutionary War Beliefs
The Quest for Independence
Maryland Loyalism
Black Loyalists: Our History, Our People

 

Patriot and American Revolution Resources

Use the links below to learn more about the American Revolution and the Patriot point of view.  Answer the questions on your handout as you visit and read the web sites. 
 
Liberty: The American Revolution
Patriots of the Revolutionary War
The 13 American Colonies
The War of Independence
Revolutionary Period
Declaring Independence
Was the American Revolution Inevitable? - British Point of View
The Road to Independence
Sons of Liberty
Thomas Paine's Common Sense
 

 

Daily Life Resources

Use the links below to learn more about daily life in the 13 colonies.  Answer the questions on your handout as you visit and read the web sites. 
 
Daily Life in the Colonies
Colonial Williamsburg
Life in the 13 American Colonies

 

Evaluation

 Be sure to refer to the scoring rubric that will be used to grade your project. You will be graded on:

Conclusion

I hope as you worked on your project that you learned that there are 2 sides to every story.  You have had the opportunity to explore the American Revolution from the perspective of 2 people living at the time, 1 Patriot and 1 Loyalist. What did you think of the Loyalist position before the activity? What do you think now? Do you think the Loyalists were misguided, or can you relate to the Loyalist point of view? Have your impressions of the Patriots changed at all since completing this activity?
 

 

 

Shari Galgano
Technology Resource Teacher
Caesar Rodney School District
Last Updated 4/14/04

Adapted from:
Social Studies School Service

Handout of Questions
Scoring Rubric