Activity Overview

Treaties are a common way to end conflict, but the compromises they make don't always work out in everyone's favor. Understanding who got what (or didn't get what) after the French and Indian War is helpful for students, especially as they progress through American and European history.

In this activity, students will create a spider map depicting the numerous outcomes of the French and Indian War as dictated by the Treaty of Paris. For each cell, students should include a description of the specific outcome and include a visual representation for each. Students will consider how each outcome impacted the French, British, Spanish, Native Americans, and Colonists.

Extended Activity

In this activity, students will select what they find to be the most significant outcome of the French and Indian War and create a spider map that answers the "5 Ws" to further explain the significance of the event. Students will then be able to further compare and contrast the outcomes and discuss how treaties favor different groups.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that analyzes the outcomes of the Treaty of Paris.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, identify the groups affected by the Treaty.
  3. In the descriptions, summarize the outcome for each group and how it affected them.
  4. Create illustrations for each cell using appropriate scenes, items, and characters.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RI/11-12/1] Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

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