Activity Overview

It's important for students to have a solid foundation when learning about wars and how they play into a larger historical context. This is especially true for the French and Indian War, which was just one part of the Seven Years War. In order for students to grasp the basics, they can create a spider map that represents the “5 Ws” of the French and Indian War. For each “W”, students will ask and answer a question in the space below and create a representation of their responses. Because it was a part of a larger conflict, there can be more than one question per W. The following are potential questions for this activity:

Example Questions

  1. Who was involved in the French and Indian War?
  2. Who were the leaders of the French and Indian War?
  3. What were the areas of conflict during the French and Indian War?
  4. What lead to the start of the French and Indian War?
  5. Why were the British able to defeat the French?
  6. When was the French and Indian War fought?
  7. Where was the war primarily fought?

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a 5W analysis of the French and Indian War: Who, What, When, Where, and Why.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title box for each cell, type questions for Who, What, When, Where and Why.
  3. In the descriptions, answer the question.
  4. Create an image for each cell with appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Type of Activity: 5 Ws of Social Studies and History

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/1] Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/2] Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

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