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John Adams

About the John Adams Lesson

A lesson of President John Adams. Students read about his life and accomplishments. The reading is accompanied by true/false questions.

• To present the major historical facts pertaining to John Adams

• To present the major achievements of the John Adams Presidency

• To assess the student comprehension of the history of John Adams

Suggested Grades
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade

John Adams was born on October 30, 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts a town just outside of Boston. His father was a church deacon, farmer and shoemaker. Adams attended local schools and entered Harvard College at age fifteen, graduating in 1755. After studying law in Worcester, Massachusetts, he began his law career in Boston in 1758. He became a prominent lawyer and was chosen to defend the British soldiers who were incriminated in the Boston Massacre in March 1770.

Adams became involved with the movement towards American independence and in 1774 was a delegate to the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He was also a delegate to the Second Continental Congress that went into session just after the first battles of the Revolutionary War occurred at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts.




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