Lesson 3: Debate Over Sovereignty

The third lesson for Wake Up King George! pits British Loyalists against American Revolutionaries in a debate over Parliament's Right to Tax the Colonies vs. America's Right to Parliamentary Representation. Lesson 3: Debate Over Sovereignty takes one class period (55 minutes each).

  1. Divide students into two groups for a class debate. Give debate teams 10 minutes to prepare. Preparation includes delegating points that are to be made in the debate. Group A will be American patriots; Group B will be British loyalists. Patriots will argue that Americans should have parliamentary representation in order to pass tax acts. Loyalists will argue that Parliament is sovereign, and can pass tax acts that are necessary to govern the empire-without direct representation.
  2. Following the debate the Teacher leads a class discussion on how American citizens can participate in their government to influence the decisions and actions of their government. Wake Up King George! should demonstrate several principles of citizen involvement including:

    Petition
    Boycott
    Grassroots organizing (Stamp Act Congress)
    Representative government
    Disruptive Protest (Sons of Liberty)

  3. For homework, students write a paragraph, which describes how American citizens can participate in their government to influence the decisions and actions of that government.

 

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