The Road to Revolution: The French and Indian War

Drawing depicting soldiers engaged in battle surrounded by trees

Defeat of General Braddock. Library of Congress.

How to register:
We offer two field trip scheduling options:

Audience:
All audiences. Content appropriate for Grades 6-12.

Goal: Learn about how the causes and effects of the French and Indian War inform our understanding of the Revolutionary War.

Program Description:
Virtual Field Trips connect students to the Museum all without leaving their desks. During this field trip, students will engage with the Army’s history through artifacts, primary sources, and Soldiers’ Stories.

Before the American Revolution, a different conflict divided the colonies and set the stage for tension between the colonies and Great Britain. Originally a land struggle between European powers, the French and Indian War provoked resentment toward Great Britain. In this virtual field trip, visitors will investigate the long-reaching effects of the French and Indian War in order to better understand its powerful relationship to the Revolutionary War.

Objective: At the end of this lesson students, will be able to

  • Identify the causes of the French and Indian War.
  • List the contributions of the colonists toward the conflict.
  • Summarize the impacts of the French and Indian War.
  • Assess how the conflicts impact on the Revolutionary War.

Guiding Questions:
How did the French and Indian War impact the Revolutionary War?

Curriculum Connections

Common Core Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

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.

History and Social Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools

  • United States History to 1865
    • USI.5. The student will apply social science skills to understand the factors that shaped colonial America by
      • Explaining the political and economic relationships between the colonies and Great Britain.
    • USI.6 The student will apply social science skills to understand the causes and results of the American Revolution by
        • Explaining the issues of dissatisfaction that led to the American Revolution.

       

 

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