WEEK 1: The student will describe how early European exploration and colonization resulted in cultural interactions among Europeans, Africans, and

    American Indians. Unit: Early European Exploration and Colonization

    Textbook - The Americans

    Chapter 1 Section 5 –

    Chapter 3



    WEEKS 2 and 3: The student will describe how the values and institutions of European economic and political life took root in the colonies and how slavery reshaped European and African life in the Americas.


    WEEKS 4 and 5

    The student will demonstrate knowledge of events and issues of the Revolutionary Period by
    a) analyzing how the political ideas of John Locke and those expressed in common sense helped shape the Declaration of Independence
    b) evaluating how key principles in the Declaration of Independence grew in importance to become unifying ideas of American democracy;
    c) describing the political differences among the colonists concerning separation from Britain.
    d) analyzing reasons for colonial victory in the Revolutionary War.

    WEEK 6

    The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues involved in the creation and ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America and how the principles of limited government, consent of the governed, and the social contract are embodied in it by:
    a) explaining the origins of the Constitution, including the Articles of Confederation.
    b) identifying the major compromises necessary to produce the Constitution, and the roles of James Madison and George Washington.
    c) examining the significance of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in the framing of the Bill of Rights.
    d) assessing the arguments of Federalists and Anti-Federalists during the ratification debates and their relevance to political debate today.
    e) appraising how John Marshall’s precedent-setting decisions established the Supreme Court as an independent and equal branch of the national government.

    WEEKS 7 and 8

    The student will demonstrate knowledge of the major events during the first half of the nineteenth century by

    A) identifying the economic, political, and geographic factors that led to territorial expansion and its impact on the
    American Indians.
    B) examining the reasons why James Madison asked Congress to declare war Great Britain in 1812 and how this divided the nation
    C) relating the changing character of American political life in “the age of the common man” (Jacksonian Era) to increasing popular participation in state and national politics;
    D) describing the cultural, economic, and political issues that divided the nation, includingtariffs, slavery, the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements, and the role of the states in the Union.