Deceleration of Independence (Break Up Letter)


Breakup letter

This is one of my favorite lesson plans of each year. It is also one the students bring up over and over again later. I start class by telling my students that I do not find many notes anymore but my policy has always been to read loud in front of everybody.
Next I pull out of my pocket a note I found before the current class period. I explain again how upset I am at this behavior, to which I am eagerly interrupted by the students, “READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!”
I hesitate and sell it as if I don’t want read it, but eventually I give in to the pleas of the students.

I had my wife write the note so it looks real. I even got it wet once and the ink ran. The following is the text of the note I use. You can find many others.



I’m not sure how to start this letter, but I feel we need to talk. I’ve been thinking about us a lot lately. Things used to be so great. It was like we were MFEO. I mean, everyone said it was perfect. I really thought we’d be together forever, but then things changed. I feel like you started taking me for granted. You just started to do whatever you wanted and never asked me about anything or how I felt. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I think it’s time we broke up. I mean, it’s just not going to work. I need some time by myself to see what it is like on my own. I’m sorry things didn’t work out, but I do think YOU are the one to blame. Sorry but “us” is over.

American Colonies


Have the students brainstorm on reasons a couple breaks up. For example, cheating, take advantage of, etc… Have them then map them to the reasons for deceleration of independence. October 25, 1760 Britain tightens control and replaces all government officials with ones loyal to the crown.