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Students will use a map to identify physical features of the U.S. They will discuss cartography and learn about Alexander von Humboldt.
Students will learn about the natural regions of the United States. They will also discuss physical features such as mountains, plains and plateaus.
Students will discuss ancient civilizations/historic tribes and compare cultural aspects by region.
Students will examine and understand the causes and effects of European colonization in the United States beginning in 1565.,
Students will discover the process of exploration by focusing on motives and accomplishments of early Spanish and Portuguese explorers.,
Students will discover the process of exploration by focusing on motives and accomplishments of early French and English explorers.,
Students will know some benefits of interaction among American Indians, explorers and colonists and will discuss the Columbian Exchange., , ,
Students will study early English colonies— Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth.,
Students will study colonies in New England— Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
Students will study the Middle Colonies—New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.,
Students will study the Southern Colonies— Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and the Carolinas.
Students will discuss Triangular Trade and slavery in the Colonies., ,
Students will study events that led up to the American Revolution.
Students will discuss some important events of 1775 and the writing/signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776., ,
Students will study events of the American Revolution, focusing on George Washington as the commander of the Continental Army., ,
Students will discuss some of the problems facing the new nation—a weak central government, Shays’ rebellion and the need for a national currency., , ,
Students will define a constitution, understand the rights/responsibilities of a U.S. citizen and explain our system of checks and balances., , ,
Students will demonstrate their understanding of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and will compare Federalist and Anti-Federalist views of government., , ,
Students will explain the structure and function of government., ,
Students will study and describe the events leading up to, during and resulting from the Louisiana Purchase., ,
Students will explain the causes/ effects of the War of 1812 and the effects of westward expansion on American Indians., , , ,
Students will recognize influential people of westward expansion and be able to describe the contributions they made., ,
Students will study the westward trails through secondary and primary sources, including journal entries of children who made the journey.,
Students will examine life in the North and South in the first half of the 19th century.
Students will discuss conflicts that eventually led to the Civil War, such as the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln., ,
Students will discuss the secession of southern states and the beginning of the Civil War. They will study the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.,
Students will continue their study of the Civil War. They will discuss some battles of the war and the role of women as nurses, seamstresses and sometimes as soldiers and spies.,
Students will examine Lincoln’s plan to reunite the North and South and read about his assassination in 1865. They will learn about the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments., ,
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Staircase of Complexity - Lexile levels gradually increase over the course of each grade level. We provide researched-based lesson plans with scaffolding/differentiated instruction so that all students succeed.
Text-Based Answers - Students are required to write about what they read, perform additional research, cite sources and consider other points of view. Assessment questions require students to recall, examine and analyze the text they have read.
Writing from Sources - Students will develop research and media skills using primary and secondary sources. We provide 2.0 digital tool suggestions for creating online products like videos, avatars, posters and slide shows.
Academic Vocabulary - With domain-specific vocabulary for each lesson, our lesson plans help you teach students how to determine the meaning of unknown words within a text (CCSS for ELA RI.4).
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