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American Revolution: Daughters of Liberty (formed in 1766): Spinning for Liberty

Grades: 4-8 | Play, Readers Theater Script | 8 pages
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The Daughters of Liberty supported the boycott of tea and cloth produced in England. They urged American colonists to support American businesses and to produce their own products. Sometimes they resorted to radical means…in 1774 the Daughters of Liberty confiscated goods from merchants who inflated their prices after Boston Harbor was blockaded.

Teaching Tips

The focus of this play is to broaden students’ awareness of women’s roles in American history. This play may be used in conjunction with your social studies curriculum. The readers’ theater format will also bolster your language arts program; reading the play aloud will build students’ oral literacy and reading skills. This play will also fit well into a thematic unit. You may want to put on a more elaborate production involving props, scenery, and costumes. Those students who resist performing will find that there are so many behind the scenes roles they can fill. Increase, or add, crowd scenes so students can be on-stage without having to undertake speaking roles.