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Unit 1: Colonization to Constitution



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Unit 1 Understanding Goals
  • What are the classroom procedures and expectations for U.S. History & Government?
  • How can we boost our reading speed and comprehension?
  • Why did the English colonies in North America become accustomed to a large degree of political and economic independence prior to the American Revolution?
  • What caused the American Revolution?
  • Why did the United States choose to adopt a new Constitution in 1788?

Lesson #1: Opening Day 



UG: Who are our classmates and instructors? How will this course be organized?
 
Materials:
 
 
Lesson #2 U.S. Geography
 


UG: What physical geographic features have impacted the development of the U.S.?
 
 
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Lesson #3 Economies of the Colonies
 


UG: How did the three colonial regions differ geographically? How did those geographical differences impact their economic development?
 
 
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Lesson #4 Southern Colonies


UG: What political and economic features characterized the Southern colonies?
 
 
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Lesson #5 The Mayflower Compact 
 


UG: Why was the Mayflower Compact significant?
 
 
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Lesson #6 Enlightenment Influence

UG: How did the ideas of the Enlightenment influence the American government?
 
Materials:  Complete the Following Vocabulary Cards Social Contract, Baron de Montesquieu, John Locke, Enlightenment, Natural Rights
 
Lesson #7 Mercantilism 


UG: How did the British mercantilism system work or not work?
 
 
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Lesson #8 French and Indian War

UG: How did the French and Indian War affect relations between Britain and the American colonies? 
 
 
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Lesson #9 The Road to War 

UG: What led the English colonies into armed conflict with Great Britain?
 
 
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Lesson #10 Declaration of Independence

UG: What was the purpose of the Declaration of Independence?
 
 
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Lesson #11 Articles of Confederation Simulation 

UG: What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation?
 
 
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Lesson #14  The Critical Period

UG: What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation as a form of government?
 
HW: Vocab Cards Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, Critical Period, Articles of Confederation, Northwest Ordinance
 
Materials:  
Lesson #11 From Articles to Constitution 

UG: Why is the Constitution referred to as a bundle of compromises?
 
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Lesson #12 The Ratification Debates

UG: What issues divided the Federalists and Anti-Federalists in the ratification debates?
 
 
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Lesson #13 Review

UG: To review Unit 1 concepts and skills
 
 
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Lesson #14 Unit 1 Exam

UG: To assess students' understanding of Unit 1 concepts and skills.
 
 
 
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