It is hard to believe that fourth grade is beginning our final Core Knowledge unit — The American Revolution. We began this unit discussing why people immigrate to a new country and what conditions lead to a mass movement from their homeland. Students role played as their journey began as colonists boarded ships for a two month journey across the Atlantic to the Pennsylvania Colony. In journal entries, colonists detailed the what, when, where, why and how of their exodus. Once they arrived in the colony they named, planned and built their town (The Seven Hills), chose a governor (Caleb Kitchens/ as William Williams, Jr.), constructed laws and punishments, decided the tax structure and what they deemed important to fund like roads, a school, a jail and an armory.
So far life in the colonies is hard work, but the colonist see the fruits of their labor and are extremely proud of their new home. Each colonist has job, is paid a wage and contributes to the betterment of our town. Unfortunately, conditions are about to change. King George III is running low on funds (from the French and Indian War) and the Proclamations are about to begin. How will the colonists react to all of this taxation without representation?