Learning Targets

American History

  • I can identify the main purpose of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
  • I can explain the significance of Lewis and Clark Expedition.
  • I can identify some of the achievements of Lewis and Clark Expedition.
  • I can explain the meaning of the Star-Spangled Banner and its connection with American patriotism.
  • I can identify the words and history of the Star-Spangled Banner.
  • I can explain how the textile mills helped create the factory system.
  • I will explain how the Industrial Revolution changed the lives of all Americans.
  • I will explain the significance of mills during the Industrial Revolution.
  • I can identify some inventions that were created during the Industrial Revolution.
  • I can identify the chronological order of all Presidents of the United States.
  • I can explain differences between the economies of the North and South.
  • I can identify reasons for John Brown becoming a martyr.
  • I can identify and explain the significance of abolitionism.
  • I can identify the origins of Memorial Day.
  • I can identify historical events that are depicted in Gone with the Wind.

Reading Study Guide

  • I can explain how ancient peoples came to the America.
  • I will explain how Native Americans lived in North America.
  • I will learn how societies in West Africa developed kingdoms, trade, and art.
  • I can identify the countries that competed with Spain for control over the territories in the Americas.
  • I will explain how the Columbian Exchange impacted the world.
  • I can identify causes of African slavery in the Americas.
  • I will explain how the English established the first permanent colony in North America.
  • I will identify the two Christian groups that founded the New England Colonies.
  • I can identify the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies.
  • I can explain reasons that the colonies were founded.
  • I can identify the four colonial regions.
  • I will explain how the people who settled the Middle Colonies made a society of great diversity.
  • I can identify economic factors which helped the Middle Colonies prosper.
  • I can explain how the economy of the Southern Colonies began to depend on slavery.
  • I can identify features of the four regions of the English Colonies.
  • I will explain John Locke's philosophy concerning natural rights.
  • I can identify four rights guaranteed by the Magna Carta.
  • I can explain how the English Bill of Rights limited government.
  • I can identify two English documents that shaped representative government.
  • I will identify acts and events that led Americans to declare independence from Britain.
  • I can identify events that led to war between the Colonists and Britain.
  • I can identify and explain some of the ideas expressed within the Declaration of Independence.
  • I can identify laws and events that caused the colonies to declare independence.
  • I will explain the process of how the Declaration was approved.
  • I can identify differences between Loyalists and Patriots.
  • I can explain how the Revolutionary War spread to the sea and the frontier.
  • I will explain some of the challenges the United States faced after the Revolutionary War.
  • I can identify what is federalism.
  • I will explain three ways that the Civil Rights Movement changed the United States.
  • I will identify the weaknesses that made it necessary to revise the Articles of Confederation.
  • I will explain the differences between the New Jersey Plan and Virginia Plan.
  • I will identify and explain the origins of the United States Constitution.
  • I can explain the differences between proportional and equal representation.
  • I can explain how the Constitution was ratified by the States.
  • I can identify reasons Antifederalists didn't support ratification of the Constitution.
  • I can identify two purposes of the Preamble.
  • I can identify the leaders of each branch of government.
  • I can explain how the electoral college elects the President of the United States.
  • I can identify the liberties that are protected by the Bill of Rights.
  • I will identify the branches, offices, and length of terms officers serve within the national government.
  • I can explain how Congress and the President first set up the federal government.
  • I will identify and explain how George Washington shaped the executive branch.
  • I can identify early challenges faced by the newly formed federal government.
  • I can explain how Marbury v. Madison established the principle of judicial review.
  • I can identify the significance of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • I can identify the effects of the War of 1812.
  • I can explain how the Industrial Revolution changed the lives of Americans.
  • I can explain how Andrew Jackson's election led to popular democracy.
  • I will identify and explain President Jackson's policy towards Native Americans.
  • I will identify reasons that South Carolina threatened to secede.
  • I will identify and explain reasons that the Indian Removal Act was unconstitutional.
  • I will explain some arguments President Jackson made in favor of abolishing the Second National Bank.
  • I can identify the two major political parties formed in 1828.
  • I can identify regions that Americans acquired in their move westward.
  • I can explain how Texas gained independence from Mexico.
  • I can identify how Manifest Destiny shaped the United States.
  • I can identify some of the suffrage leaders and movements within the United States.
  • I can explain how differences between the North and South threatened to split the nation apart.
  • I can explain how the Fugitive Slave Act caused disunity in the United States.
  • I can identify people and movements that caused disunity.
  • I can identify both armies and countries, which fought one another in the Civil War.
  • I can identify the Union, Confederate, and Border states.
  • I can identify early battles of the Civil War.
  • I will identify significant people and events from the Civil War.
  • I will identify significant people and events during the Reconstruction era.

Geography

  • I can identify differences between geographical and political boundaries.
  • I can identify five States shaped mainly by geographic borders and five mainly shaped by political ones.
  • I can identify the Missouri Compromise and its connection to the Civil War.
  • I can identify how Texas became part of the United States.
  • I can identify States shaped by mountain ranges.
  • I can identify States that were shaped by mountains, rivers, compromises, cultures, and gold.
  • I will analyze the geography of the United States.
  • I can identify the locations of all 50 States.
  • I can identify the regions of the United States.
  • I can identify how agriculture affected the growth of slavery.
  • I can identify the locations of all 50 States and Capitals.
  • I can identify differences between economies within the Northeast, Midwest, and South.
  • I can identify the four regions of the United States.
  • I will identify the locations of the thirteen original States.
  • I can identify the economic specializations within the regions of the United States.
  • I will identify the regions and economic specializations of the United States.

United States Constitution

  • I can identify the three branches of government.
  • I can identify the leaders which head the three branches.
  • I can identify some reasons Americans fought against British rule.
  • I can identify a few events that led to the War for American Independence.
  • I can identify the strengths and weaknesses of the American Colonial Army.
  • I can explain how proportional and equal representation created the two houses of Congress.
  • I can identify the challenges faced by the newly created federal government.
  • I can explain how inflation can affect the livelihood of people.
  • I can identify the necessary requirements to become President of the United States.
  • I can explain the significance of the United States Constitution.
  • I can identify the main idea of the Preamble.
  • I can identify and explain the meaning of key words in the Preamble.
  • I can explain the significance of the Preamble.
  • I can identify the meaning of terms found within the Preamble.
  • I can write and explain the meaning of the Preamble to the Constitution.
  • I can identify the Articles and Amendments to the Constitution.
  • I will explain three differences between the three branches.
  • I can explain how the Bill of Rights protects individual liberty.
  • I can explain the meaning of the first Five Amendments of the Bill of Rights.
  • I can explain the meaning of Amendments 6-10 of the Bill of Rights.
  • I can explain how eminent domain is used in the United States.
  • I can identify the protections guaranteed by each Amendment of the Bill of Rights.
  • I can explain reasons that Freedom of Expression is important to me.

Declaration of Independence

  • I can explain the origins and significance of the Declaration of Independence.
  • I can identify the five parts of the Declaration of Independence.
  • I can explain the purpose of the Declaration of Independence.
  • I can identify arguments made within the Declaration in support of Independence.
  • I can identify the definition of unalienable rights according to the Declaration.
  • I can identify the differences between the broadside and parchment copies of the Declaration.
  • I can explain the main ideas of each section of the Declaration.
  • I can identify the Olive Branch Petition and how it unified the colonies in support of independence.
  • I can explain the significance of the phrase "shot heard round the world."
  • I can identify causes of the Boston Massacre.
  • I can identify the impact the phrase "all men are created equal" has had on people around the world.
  • I can explain the history of the Declaration of Independence.
  • I can identify reasons that Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence.
  • I can identify and explain phrases from the Declaration that are connected to holding elections.
  • I can identify important words and phrases within the Declaration of Independence.
  • I will identify and explain historical details about the Declaration of Independence.
  • I can identify the five sections and the basic meaning of each section within the Declaration of Independence.
  • I can paraphrase the first two sections of the Declaration of Independence.
  • I can paraphrase the last three sections of the Declaration of Independence.
  • I will explain some of the arguments that made it necessary for the colonists to seek independence from Britain.
  • I will identify the attitudes, actions, and grievances leading to a Declaration of Independence by the colonists from Great Britain’s crown.

Videos

Izzit:

  • I will explain the connection between the East India Company and the Boston Tea Party.
  • I will explain how inflation affects the value of money.
  • I can explain how economic freedom has improved the lives of people.
  • I can identify the main cause for the original failure of the Plymouth Colony.
  • I can identify modern examples of how economic policy has destroyed the livelihood of millions of people around the world.
  • I will explain how the British used “inflation as an act of war" against the Continental Army.
  • I can identify past examples of inflation.
  • I can explain some of the unintended consequences of the minimum wage.
  • I will identify how free trade effects my life and other people around the world.
  • I will explain the dramatic improvement in living standards for the average Chinese citizen over the past few decades.
  • I can identify causes of the Great Depression.

Desperate Crossing:

  • I can explain the major difference between Separatists6 and Puritans7.
  • I can identify causes that led the Separatists6 to emigrate to Holland9.
  • I can explain the significance of William Bradford2, John Robinson14, William Brewster15, Edward Winslow22, and Myles Standish23.
  • I can identify people, events, and conditions aboard the Mayflower27 in 1620.
  • I can identify the Mayflower Compact27 and its historical significance.
  • I can describe details about the first Thanksgiving47.
  • I can identify significant people and historical events related to the settlement of Plymouth Colony46.

America - The Story of Us:

  • I can explain the significance of Jamestown.
  • I can identify and explain the significance of militiamen.
  • I can identify the significance of Lexington and Concord.
  • I will explain the significance of the Battle of Lexington.
  • I will explain some of the hardships endured by Patriots.
  • I will identify the battle which ended the American War for Independence.
  • I can identify what is inoculation and how it was used to help the American army during the Revolutionary War.
  • I will explain strategies used by colonists to win the Revolutionary War.
  • I will identify reasons that Americans migrated westward.
  • I can explain how the steamboat revolutionized trade and commerce in the United states.