No Taxation Without Representation

 "King Sophie" and her Parliament (Elizabeth & Ellery)

During our "Road to Revolution" unit, 5th grade students are learning about the growing tension between the colonies and Britain. We examined Writs of Assistance, the Sugar Act, the Quartering Act, and the Stamp Act.  We looked at different perspectives relating to these laws, the issues of liberty, taxation, representative government, and trade. 

We participated in an activity called “No Taxation Without Representation.” It helped students see why colonists were angry that they were being taxed. "King Sophie" and her Parliament (Elizabeth & Ellery) issued acts to tax the colonists (their classmates). Tax Collectors Ethan and Madisen collected the currency (Smarties candies). 

You can probably imagine the INJUSTICE experienced when sugar was taken away from our student colonists!