I will present a world map to show the country of Great Britain and the United States since a good amount of the events took place in Boston, Massachusetts. The map will be taken from the website http://www.mapsofworld.com. On this website teachers can access a blank map of Great Britain and the United States that can be used later on in the lesson. On the teacher's map, cities where the events took place will be highlighted, there will be a map key to show important symbols, and color coded scales will represent the routes the soldiers took. A smaller map present in the textbook does not allow students to trace the routes on the map using color coded highlighters, but if I give them a larger scaled map, then they can see for themselves the locations of the events and mark them off using a blue or yellow highlighter.
The students can use the blank map of Boston from the same website as listed above to illustrate the battle of Lexington and Concord where the first shot was heard around the world. The students can draw the routes taken by the British militia from Boston to Concord to meet up in Lexington.
Maps are helpful in this unit to pictorially present key data such as the number of lives lost in the war, the number of soldiers who fought, and the population of living during this period of time.