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Activity Overview


To provide better context of bigger thematic ideas like patriotism, nationalism, and the Americans’ belief in the preservation of civil liberties and human rights, look at the people who made it happen. A great way to track key influential people of the American Revolution is through the use of a storyboard that details and explains the major figures that took part in the war.

Students will explain and analyze who they were, their roles, and the significance of their actions. This activity will also enable students to research initial American founding fathers and expand on ones they may have already seen in the events leading up to the American Revolution itself.

Key Figures of the American Revolution

  • George Washington
  • Thomas Paine
  • Nathanael Greene
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Horatio Gates
  • Marquis de Lafayette

For an alternative to this activity, students can go more in depth on one or two of these figures by creating a biography poster describing the person, their ideologies, and their contributions to the Revolution. More than one template can be added to an assignment to provide students with different options, and you can adjust the instructions accordingly!

Extended Activity

Students can research present-day leaders, including military leaders, the President of the United States, and other leaders in the government. Students should try to look for connections between actions, beliefs, and how current American leaders embody (or do not embody) ideas and ideologies such as independence, patriotism, and the founding ideas of democracy.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-10

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group



Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that introduces the major figures of the American Revolution and details their beliefs and actions.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In each title, identify a different key figure.
  3. Describe their ideologies and actions.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


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