Lesson 3.1 Shays' Rebellion

Lesson Goals

  • 8.15B Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

  • 8.6A Explain how the Northwest Ordinance established principles and procedures for orderly expansion of the United States

  • 8.29B Analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause and-effect relationships, comparing and contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations, making predictions, drawing inferences, and drawing conclusions

ISTE Standards

  • 6c Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

 

Lesson  Prep

Read: Shays' Rebellion article from Khan Academy and complete the assignment outlined to the left.

Prepare to Discuss:

  • In your opinion, what was Shays’s most substantial grievance? Was there anything else he could have done to obtain debt relief?

  • Do you sympathize more with the rural workers of Massachusetts or with the Nationalists led by George Washington? Are the views of these different groups irreconcilable?

  • What was the most profound consequence of Shays’s Rebellion?

  • Why do you think the same people who didn’t want to pay taxes to the British during the Revolution were so angry when citizens in their own nation didn’t want to pay taxes?

Step Overview & Directions

 

Read the Shays' Rebellion article from Khan Academy. Create a Google Doc , name it 3.1.1 Shays' Rebellion Khan Academy Article & Questions and move it to your Ebinder. Answer the questions at the end of the article in your doc. Write complete sentences that demonstrate you read and understood the article and the questions.

 

Submit your doc to Google Classroom HERE

 
 

Class Discussion

Discussion Questions:

  • In your opinion, what was Shays’s most substantial grievance? Was there anything else he could have done to obtain debt relief?

  • Do you sympathize more with the rural workers of Massachusetts or with the Nationalists led by George Washington? Are the views of these different groups irreconcilable?

  • What was the most profound consequence of Shays’s Rebellion?

  • Why do you think the same people who didn’t want to pay taxes to the British during the Revolution were so angry when citizens in their own nation didn’t want to pay taxes?

Step Overview & Directions

 

Discuss the article questions with a partner. Make sure that each of you can answer the questions specifically and confidently.  Be able to put it in the appropriate context of Revolutionary America.

Also, look back to Bacon's Rebellion (Unit 1). We will compare the two in discussion so take a second to look them over and find similarities and differences.

 

Step Overview & Directions

 

Before we move on to Lesson 3.2 I want you to take a few minutes to review the problems of the Articles of Confederation. Our story is about to dig into the convention that will ultimately replace the Articles of Confederation so knowing the major flaws and weaknesses will help you make sense of the next lesson. Linked to the right are the Comic Textbook pages you should read.

 

Lesson Resources

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Detailed Timeline of events surrounding Shays' Rebellion from shaysrebellion.stcc.edu

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