We started learning about the events that led up to the Revolutionary War last week in social studies. We have talked about the French and Indian War and its impact on the colonies. We have also discussed the Stamp Act and the Townshend Revenue Act and how they brought about a cry for “No taxation without representation” from the patriot colonists.
On Thursday and Friday, the students had the opportunity to feel what it was like to be a colonist paying unfair taxes and what happened to them if they couldn’t pay their taxes (JAIL!). We had a king and Parliament who issued the taxes, and the students had to pay them or else!
Although we had a great time with the activity, the kids now have a greater understanding of the unfair taxing that was placed on the colonists during the 1700s.