Taxes and Acts Unit

Essential Question(s)
  • How were the Taxes and Acts passed prior to the Revolution supported or rejected by their supporters or opponents? 
  • How do these Taxes and Acts effect the relationship between the government of Great Britain and the colonists?

Standards Directly Addressed in Unit:
  1. CCSS - ELA 8.2 - Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
  2. CCSS - ELA 8.6 - Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose
  3. WMAS 8.4 - Explain how and why events may be interpreted differently depending upon the perspectives of participants, witnesses, reporters, and historians
  • Crazy Colonists Identification Sheets
  • Sugar Act
  • Quartering Act
  • Stamp Act Debated in Parliament
  • Stamp Act - Colonial Reaction
  • Stamp Act Repealed
  • Townshend Act
  • Intolerable Acts (aka: Punishment of Boston)
Tarring and Feathering/John and Abigail Adams/John Hancock and Smuggling

Summative Assessment

Taxes - A Love/Hate Relation

  1. Using your Crazy Colonists Simulation identity, identify one tax/act from this section that you support, and one tax/act that you are in opposition to.  For each you need to include a description of what the tax/act does, how it effects your character, and why you are in support or opposition to it.  

This should be a written summative to be turned in using Google Drive to  The title of your submission should be Taxes - A Love/Hate Relation - (Name)

      2.  There will be a short quiz with both Multiple Choice and Short Answer questions on the Taxes/Acts.  The Multiple Choice questions will cover all four of the taxes/acts of this unit.  The short answer questions will deal primarily with the effect or the application of the taxes.