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    TAXATION LESSON PLAN IDEA
    By MARIA

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    WELL, I THINK THAT THE STAMP ACT IN 1765 SHOULD BE ENACTED. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU SHOULD TELL ALL OF THE STUDENTS THAT THEY HAVE TO PAY IN ORDER TO TAKE BOOKS OUT OF THE LIBRARY. PERHAPS, YOU CAN SAY THE PRINCIPAL WARNED YOU TO TELL HTE STUDENTS OR YOU CAN SAY THAT THEY MUST HAVE ADDITIONAL TAXES ON THEIR MILK BECAUSE OF THE DISOBEDIENCE OF OTHER CLASSES TO FOLLOW THE SCHOOL'S RULES. ANYWAY, INTRODUCE THE LESSON WITH AN EXPERIENCE THAT THE CHILDREN CAN RELATE TO. THEN, I BELIEVE THAT YOU SHOULD DISCUSS HOW THEY FELT ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE AND CONNECT IT TO HOW THE COLONISTS FELT WHEN THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT INFLICTED THESE TAXES WITHOUT THEIR CONSIDERATION. ASK THE CHILDREN HOW THEY FEEL WHEN SOMEONE MAKES DECISIONS FOR THEM? I'M SURE THEY WILL HAVE A RICH NUMBER OF THINGS TO SAY! THEN, I THINK THAT EACH STUDENT SHOULD READ ABOUT THE STAMP ACT THROUGH A PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENT. fOR EXAMPLE, WHERE IS THE DOCUMENT THAT WRITES ABOUT THE STAMP ACT BEING PASSED? ANYWAY, ASK THEM HOW THEY WOULD HAVE REACTED TOWARDS THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT... THEN, MAKE SURE TO COVER WHY THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT PASSED THIS LAW IN THE FIRST PLACE. THIS WILL HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE LOYALIST, NEUTRAL, AND PATRIOTIC PERSPECTIVES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. ALSO, YOU CAN LET THEM DEBATE THE STAMPE ACT THE NEXT DAY OR WRITE AN ARTICLE IN THE NEWSPAPERS OF THE 1760S THAT ACT TO OPPOSE THE STAMP ACT!

    GOOD LUCK...I HOPE THIS WAS OF SOME HELP.


    MARIA



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