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Topic: Causes of the American Revolution  

United States History

 Standard 6.  Understands the causes of the American Revolution, the ideas and interests involved in shaping the revolutionary movement, and reasons for the American victory
  Level II (Grade 5-6)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the major consequences of the Seven Years War (e.g., the English victory, the removal of the French as a power in North America, the reduced need of the colonists for the protection of the mother country)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows about the English victory in the Seven Years War
     2.Knows that the removal of the French as power in North America was a consequence of the Seven Years War
     3.Understands that the reduced need of the colonists for the protection of the mother country was a consequence of the Seven Years War
   Benchmark 2.Understands the events that contributed to the outbreak of the American Revolution and the earliest armed conflict of the Revolutionary War (e.g., opponents and defenders of England’s new imperial policy, the idea of "taxation without representation," the battle at Lexington and Concord)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the events that contributed to the outbreak of the American Revolution
     2.Knows about the earliest armed conflict of the Revolutionary War
     3.Knows about the opponents of England’s new imperial policy
     4.Knows about the defenders of England’s new imperial policy
     5.Understands the idea of "taxation without representation"
     6.Knows about the battle at Lexington and Concord
  Level III (Grade 7-8)
   Benchmark 1.Understands how political, ideological, and religious ideas joined economic interests to bring about the "shot heard round the world" (e.g., leaders of resistance to imperial policy; the English tax on the colonists to help pay for the Seven Years War; the interests and positions of different economic groups, such as northern merchants, southern rice and tobacco planters, yeoman farmers, and urban artisans)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how political ideas helped bring about the "shot heard round the world"
     2.Understands how ideologies helped bring about the "shot heard round the world"
     3.Understands how religious ideas helped bring about the "shot heard round the world"
     4.Understands how economic interests brought about the "shot heard round the word"
     5.Knows about the leaders of resistance to imperial policy
     6.Knows about the English tax on the colonists to help pay for the Seven Years War
     7.Understands the interests of different economic groups in the American Revolution
     8.Understands the positions of different economic groups on the American Revolution
     9.Understands the interests and positions of the northern merchants
     10.Understands the interests and positions of the southern rice and tobacco planters
     11.Understands the interests and positions of the yeoman farmers
     12.Understands the interests and positions of the urban artisans
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands the social, political, and religious aspects of the American Revolution (e.g., decisions leading to crisis of revolution; + efforts by Parliament and colonies to prevent revolution; ideas of different religions; economic and social differences of Loyalists, Patriots, and neutrals)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the social aspects of the American Revolution
     2.Understands the political aspects of the American Revolution
     3.Understands the religious aspects of the American Revolution
     4.Knows about decisions leading to crisis of revolution
     5.Knows about positive efforts by Parliament to prevent revolution
     6.Knows about positive efforts by the colonies to prevent revolution
     7.Knows about the ideas of different religions concerning the American Revolution
     8.Understands the economic differences of Loyalists
     9.Understands the economic differences of Patriots
     10.Understands the economic differences of neutrals
     11.Understands the social differences of Loyalists
     12.Understands the social differences of Patriots
     13.Understands the social differences of neutrals