I. A Reading to Get Us Started: 6 Lessons from Tahrir Square

Application to the Founding of the United States:
  1. Change doesnít happen overnight
    How long did the colonists put up with their situation with Britain?
    How long did the Revolutionary War take?
    How long did the Articles last?
    How long did it take to write, promote and adopt the Constitution?
    Why did it take this long?

  1. Revolution is about showing up
    Who showed up?
    Why did they join?
    What price were they willing to pay to participate?

  1. Start by changing the narrative
    If the battle is in the images and the stories - if the battle is about more then just who runs the country - what does the music, media and other creative expression of the Revolutionary Era tell you about the aspirations of the people?

  2. Itís not about Democracy vs. Islam
    What were the divisions during the writing of the Constitution that someone would inaccurately perceive? In what way were the convention attendees all "present" and all "one hand"?

  3. Human rights violations affect us all
    What were the human rights violations of this day?
    Who was perpetrating them?
    Who was suffering them?
    How is everyone affected by these episodes?

  4. If you want the story, go to the people
    What was the official story?
    What stories would the average people tell?

III. Publishing your Conclusions
  • Write and design a magazine article: consider Glossi, LucidPress, or Silk

  • Design and create an infographic: try Piktochart or Easelly

  • Compose a song: An Ode to the Founding Generation

  • TEDxBarlow: deliver your own TED talk

  • Persuade: an Open Letter to the Revolutionary People of the World

IV. Resources for Exploring the Revolution and Founding the United States


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