Colonization and Revolution
Age 9-11: Concept 3 - Discovery and Survival: Unit 1

Take a trip through early American history. Learn about the early colonists and the difficulties they experienced as they made a new life in a new place. Understand the reasons behind the Declaration of Independence and appreciate the sacrifice necessary to secure the freedom of the United States of America.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit for The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 9-11 social studies units utilize a Timeline of American History to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of American history.
$4.99 #531 Timeline of American History

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fourth or fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Lost Colony and Jamestown
  • Lesson 2: Religious Freedom
  • Lesson 3: The Thirteen Colonies (3 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Problems with England
  • Lesson 5: Colonies Unite (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: 1777
  • Lesson 7: The War Wages On (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: The Beginning of a Country
  • Final Project: Life in One of the Thirteen Colonies (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze the causes and effects of events surrounding the American Revolution such as the Boston Tea Party. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the competition among the English, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Native American nations for control of North America. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the cooperation that existed between the colonists and Native Americans during the 1600s and 1700s (e.g., in agriculture, the fur trade, military alliances, treaties, cultural interchanges). (Social Studies)
  • Describe the destructive conflicts between the colonists and Native Americans, including the competing claims for control of lands. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the introduction of slavery into America. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the religious aspects of the earliest colonies. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the views, lives, and impact of key individuals during this period. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the democratic ideas and practices that emerged during the colonial period, including the significance of representative assemblies and town meetings. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the differences between the British, Spanish, and French colonial systems. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the early democratic ideas and practices that emerged during the colonial period. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the early democratic ideas and summarize the results of the American Revolution, including the establishment of the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the contributions of significant individuals during the revolutionary period. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the major individuals and groups responsible for the founding of various colonies and the reasons for their founding. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize how conflict between the American colonies and Great Britain led to American independence. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize the practices that emerged during the colonial period, including the significance of representative assemblies. (Social Studies)
  • Understand how political, religious, and economic ideas and interests brought about the Revolution. (Social Studies)
  • Understand how the British colonial period laid the basis for political self-government and a free-market economic system. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the events that led from the Articles of Confederation to the creation of the U.S. Constitution and the government it established. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the events that led to the Declaration of Independence. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the influence of location and physical setting on the founding of the 13 colonies, and identify on a map the colonies and the Native American nations already inhabiting these areas. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the influence of location and physical setting on the founding of the thirteen colonies, and identify on a map the colonies and the Native American nations already inhabiting these areas. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the ongoing struggle between proponents and opponents of slavery and the gradual institutionalization of slavery in the South. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the people and events associated with the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence and the document's significance, including the key political concepts it embodies, the origins of those concepts, and its role in severing ties with Great Britain. (Social Studies)
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