This activity is based on a book called United or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation. The activity is Reader’s theater and each student plays a part in the theater. The students be either a colony or a narrator. In this activity, students will get to learn more about how the colonies formed to become America. This would be a great way to introduce the topic of the colonies. The script starts with the Treaty of Paris in September 3rd, 1783. This script goes through to explain how the colonies got together and formed a country. The reader’s theater also includes the ratification of the Articles of Confederation, the power of the government, and the formation of the Constitution. After going through the script there are links on the first page which will bring you to a video of the book, so that students can see things that were in the book and not in the script, like meeting the important people involved in the formation of America. The second link is an interview with the author. If it is not used in class, it would be a great resource for the teacher. The information told in the video so that the students will know more about the author. This activity is fun and can get students engaged in the topic.
I would use this activity as an opening activity to the topic of after the American Revolution. This will get students involved, but they must be less focused on just memorizing their part and more on the information as a whole. This lesson would be great for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.