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8th Grade Unit: American Revolution
Content Statement #5. The ideas of the Enlightenment and dissatisfaction with colonial rule led English colonists to write the Declaration of Independence and launch the American Revolution.
A chain of political, economic, and social changes that occurred during the Enlightenment helped to spur the American Revolution.
The ideas of the Enlightenment thinkers fueled the discontent felt by the American colonists with a series of actions instituted by the British government following the French and Indian War. The Enlightenment ideas include:
rights of the citizen;
• natural law;
• reason; and
idea of popular government.
Actions instituted by the British government that angered the American colonists include:
• Proclamation of 1763;
• Sugar Act;
• Stamp Act;
• Townshend Acts;
• Tea Act;
• Coercive or Intolerable Acts; and
• Quartering Act.
Enlightenment ideas also influenced the writers of the Declaration of Independence, with an emphasis on:
natural rights;
limitations on the power of the government;
• social contract; and
consent of the governed.
Connect the Enlightenment ideas and dissatisfaction with colonial rule to the writing of the Declaration of Independence which led to the American Revolution.
Content Statement 6. Key events and significant figures in American history influenced the course and outcome of the American Revolution.
The American Revolutionary War was a conflict between the American colonies and Great Britain. The course and outcome of the American Revolution were influenced by strategic events and leaders from both sides.
Key events and battles during this war included:
• Battle of Bunker Hill;
• Battle of Trenton;
• Valley Forge;
• Battle of Saratoga; and
Battle of Yorktown.
The course of the war was shaped through the efforts of soldiers, American Indians, free and enslaved Africans, women, and foreign alliances.
Describe how key battles and individual contributions helped lead to the American victory in the American Revolution.
7th Grade Unit: Ancient Greece and Rome
Content Statement #2: The civilizations that developed in Greece and Rome had an enduring impact on later civilizations. This legacy includes governance and law, engineering and technology, art and architecture, as well as literature and history. The Roman Empire also played an instrumental role in the spread of Christianity.
The legacy of ancient Greece and Rome is embedded in Western culture. The ideas on governance and law were impacted by the concepts of citizenship and democracy that originated in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, as elaborated upon in Content Statement 17. The legacy of the ancient Greeks includes direct democracy, astrolabe, pulley block, wood screw, ore smelting and casting, literature (e.g., fables, myths, epics, drama, comedy, tragedy), architecture (e.g., rectangular temples with tall columns), philosophy, and the study of history. The legacy of the ancient Romans includes republic, Twelve Tables, checks and balances, tripartite government, civic duty, roads, basilicas, amphitheaters, aqueducts, arches, concrete, city/urban planning, frescoes, sculptures, and literature. The spread of Christianity was aided by the network o
Cite examples and explain the enduring impact that Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome had on later civilizations.