Mercy Otis Warren Lesson Plans

Abigail Adams, Betsy Ross, Martha Washington, Dolley Madison...all Founding Mothers whose names are synonymous with our country's beginning, but have you heard of Mercy Otis Warren yet?  

If you haven't, you're in for a real treat!  If you have, you already KNOW how amazing Mercy Otis Warren was and no doubt will be thrilled to learn more about her!

Lover of Liberty

Mercy Otis Warren was a bold, patriotic woman who used her writing abilities to further the cause of the patriots and the Revolution for freedom in America!

To help you learn more about her, we’ve pulled together some excellent resources and developed a week of free lesson plans for your use alone or to accompany our Heritage Letter from Mercy Otis Warren.  You can view the lesson plans below and snatch up a copy of the free lesson plans along with our our activities about Warren in our free downloads here!

Mercy Otis Warren Letter

If you’d like a fun introduction to Mercy Otis Warren's life that will be engaging and authentic, you can grab our Heritage Letter from Mercy Otis Warren HERE!  If you need it faster, you can get the digital version of the letter HERE.

Here you'll find our top recommended resources for learning about Mercy Otis Warren then scroll further down to see our weeklong lesson plans!


You'll enjoy this wonderful podcast from Ben Franklin's World all about Mercy Otis Warren!


The Winslow-Warren House in Plymouth, Massachusetts
No longer a residence, this historic structure now houses businesses in historic downtown Plymouth.

Mercy Otis Warren Books


Write On, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren by Gretchen Woelfle

Founding Mothers

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts

Founding Mothers

Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Mercy Otis Warren History

History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution: All Three Volumes - Complete with Notes by Mercy Otis Warren

The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation

Online copy of Warren’s  History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution 

Online copy of Observations on the New Constitution, and on the Federal and State Conventions

Mercy Otis Warren Lesson Plans


One Week with Mercy Otis Warren

Day 1: Hello Mercy!

Read the Heritage Letter from Mercy Otis Warren.

M-Th Read & discuss one of the quotes from Mercy Otis
Warren included with our free downloads each day.

*As you go through the week, add in reading any books you have about Mercy Otis Warren.

Day 2: Mercy the Patriot

Mercy considered herself to be a patriot. What is a patriot?  Do we still have and need patriots today?

Read & discuss another quote from Mercy Otis Warren

Watch Center for Civic Education: Mercy Otis Warren

Day 3: Mercy the Revolutionist

Read & discuss another quote from Mercy Otis Warren

Watch Women During the Revolution with Professor Rosemarie Zagarri


Day 4: Mercy the Writer

Read & discuss another quote from Mercy Otis Warren

Watch Mercy Otis Warren Documentary by Emma Kolb

Day 5: Mercy the Founding Mother

Discuss all you’ve learned about Mercy Otis Warren this week and complete the
Mercy Otis Warren Pamphlet.

For Further Reading

The following are some of the resources we found helpful while researching our Mercy Otis Warren Letter:

Mercy Otis Warren Website 

Mercy Otis Warren and Abigail Adams Friendship Timeline

Women's History Blog






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