Activity Overview

Because the French and Indian war took place over large swaths of territory, there are several important forts, people, and other locations that students will encounter when studying this event. In order to help mitigate confusion and allow students to better understand each aspect, students can use a spider map to illustrate each person, location, or event.

In this activity, students will choose one of the major figures, battles, or terms of the French and Indian War to research. Following their research, students will create a spider map that reflects the description of the term chosen and the significance of it on the French and Indian War. Have students ask meaningful questions to show the term's importance.

French and Indian War Key Terms

  • Militia
  • Iroquois Nation
  • George Washington
  • St. Lawrence River
  • Forks of the Ohio River Valley
  • Fort Duquesne
  • Edward Braddock
  • James Wolfe
  • Treaty of Paris
  • William Pitt
  • Fort Necessity
  • Proclamation of 1763

Students may also benefit by creating a spider map that contains more than one term, person, or location. As an alternative to this assignment, students can identify and describe each thing in one cell. Alongside the illustration they create, the completed spider map will provide a quick reference for students to look back on.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that describes a key battle, figure, location, or term from the French and Indian War and it's significance to the war.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label the center box with the term/location/person/battle you selected.
  3. Label each title box with questions that ask what the term is, why is it important, and what was its role in the war.
  4. In the descriptions, answer the questions you posed.
  5. Create an illustration for each cell using appropriate scenes, characters, items, or maps.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any five vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
The definition is correct.
The definition is partially correct.
The definition is incorrect.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The storyboard cells relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words, but are difficult to understand.
The storyboard cells do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.

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