Revolutionary America (1763-1787)
Chapters 6-8, two Weeks
Students will be able to (SWBAT) explain why France and Britain engaged in a great contest for North
America and why Britain won.
SWBAT explain how the contest affected Britain’s American subject and helped pave the way for their
SWBAT describe France’s North American empire and compare it with Britain’s colonies.
SWBAT describe the long-term historical factors that moved America toward independence from
SWBAT describe the theory and practice of Mercantilism and explain why Americans resented it.
SWBAT explain why Britain attempted tighter control and taxation of Americans after 1763 and why
Americans resisted these efforts.
SWBAT describe the major British efforts to impose taxes and tighten control of the colonies.
SWBAT describe the methods of colonial resistance that forced repeal of all taxes except the tax on tea.
SWBAT explain how sustained agitation and resistance to the tea tax led to the Intolerable Acts and the
outbreak of war.
SWBAT assess the balance of forces between the British and the Americans rebels as the two sides
prepared for war.
SWBAT describe how America passed from military hostilities with Britain to declaring its
SWBAT explain the principal ideas of “republicanism” developed by Thomas Paine and other American
SWBAT explain the specific reasons and general principles used in the Declaration of Independence to
justify America’s separation.
SWBAT explain why some Americans remained loyal to Britain and what happened to them during and
after the Revolution.
SWBAT explain the French role in the Revolution.
SWBAT describe the military and political obstacles Washington and his generals had to overcome
before the final victory at Yorktown.
SWBAT describe the terms of the Peace of Paris.
SWBAT describe how the colonies attempted to create state governments, political organization and
social reforms—women and slavery.
Chapters 9-10, two Weeks
Students will be able to (SWBAT) describe the strengths and weakness of the Articles of
Describe the basic intentions of the Founding Fathers and how they incorporated their principles into the
SWBAT describe the Philadelphia Convention and the drafting of the Constitution
SWBAT summarize the articles and amendments of the Constitution.
SWBAT explain the conflict between Federalists and Anti-Federalists
SWBAT explain the role of Shay’s Rebellion in sparking the movement for a new Constitution.
SWBAT describe the antifederalists and their social, economic, and political differences with the
SWBAT describe Washington’s presidency with Hamilton’s financial program, foreign and domestic
difficulties, and the origin of political parties.
SWBAT describe John Adams’ presidency with his alien and sedition acts, XYZ affair, and the election
SWBAT state a thesis and support with evidence and commentary
SWBAT access and analyze primary source documents
SWBAT distinguish and evaluate bias in historical documents
SWBAT navigate online resources
SWBAT produce a persuasive product, the “Broadside Project”