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.
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.