Major Causes of the American Revolution

This chart, from our Colonial Era and American Revolution PowerPoints, identifies the major causes of the American independence movement in the colonies.

We have included the chart along with questions and answers for your students.

Check out all our resources on this era:


Simulation Games:

Image Library:

US History Image Library – Pre-20th Century

Common Sense by Thomas Paine, 1776

One of the most influential documents written in the US during the struggles with Britain, this pamphlet offers an opportunity for students to read some of the arguments made for separation.

We have included an excerpt with questions and answers.

For more on this era check out our PowerPoints:

  • Colonization to Reconstruction:
    U.S. History Review
  • Colonial Era
  • The American Revolutionary War
  • First Industrial Revolution in America: 1790-1860
  • The New Nation: Washington to John Quincy Adams
  • Simulation games:

    The Shot Heard Round the World

    Here is another classic SchoolHouse Rock cartoon, this time on the American Revolution.

    Fun to show students, they are great conversation starters.

    It is also fun to assign students to design their own take on this topic, what information might they add or take away from the video?

    Check out our Colonial Era and American Revolutionary War PowerPoints for more in depth explorations of this time period.