Unit 7: Revolutionary America
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You will learn about SOL USI 5 & 6, Revolutionary America,by:

USI 5:
d) identifying the political and economic relationships between the colonies and Great Britain
USI 6:
a) identifying the issues of dissatisfaction that led to the American Revolution.
b) identifying how political ideas shaped the revolutionary movement in America and led to the Declaration of
c) describing key events and the roles of key individuals in the American Revolution, with emphasis on George
Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry.
d) explaining reasons why the colonies were able to defeat Britain.

Read and remember the study maps that tell about Revolutionary America.

USI 5d: Relations with Great Britain G. Britain
  • Great Britain established and attempted to maintain control over the colonies
USI 6a: Colonists' Dissatisfaction with Great Britain Rebellious
  • As Great Britain expanded control over the American colonies, many colonists became dissatisfied and rebellious
USI 6b: New Political Ideas Led to a Desire for Independence Political
  • New political ideas led to a desire for independence and democratic government in the American colonies.
  • The Declaration of Independence proclaimed independence from England. It stated that people have natural (inherent) rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
USI 6c: Many Important People Shaped Events People #1 People #2 Key Events Events
  • Many individuals played important roles in shaping events of the American Revolution.
USI 6d: The Colonists Had Advantages In Fighting the Revolution Advantages
• Defense of the colonist’s own land, strong beliefs, and capable leadership contributed to the America victory in the Revolutionary War.

Read and learn the vocabulary for this unit.
Raw materials: Natural resources that have not been made into a final product (lumber, unprocessed tobacco)

Goods: Finished products

Impose: To force

Appoint: To select a person or a group of people for an official position or to do a particular job

French and Indian War: War between the French and their Native American allies and the English. The English won, but had huge war debts to pay off. England also gained the land east of the Mississippi River.

Governors: Appointed by the King or England or the proprietor of the colony to enforce and carry out laws in a specific colony

Proprietor: The owner of the colony

King: Ruler of England and the man who was in control of the colonies

Monitor: Watching and to make sure everything is complete and correct

Colonial legislature: Group of men (usually appointed by the King) who made the laws in the colonies.

Proclamation of 1763: A formal announcement that drew an imaginary line at the top of the Appalachian Mountains. West of the mountains is reserved for Native Americans – no colonists allowed.

Unalienable rights: Rights that cannot be taken away

Philosophy: The rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct.

Derives: To come from another source

Consent: To give permission or approval

Defense: To protect something from attack by an enemy

Principle: An important underlying law or idea

Leadership:An act or instance of leading; guidance; direction

Reasons for the Revolution
Click here to see a short video about some of the causes of the Revolution. Causes

Map Showing Proclamation Line of 1763
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The Proclamation line extended from the Atlantic coast at Quebec to the newly established border of West Florida. Establishing and manning posts along the length of this boundary was a very costly undertaking. The British ministry would argue that these outposts were for colonial defense, and as such should be paid for by the colonies. From the American perspective this amounted to a tax on the colonies to pay for a matter of Imperial regulation that was opposed to the interests of the colonies. A bitter pill indeed. (Source: ushistory.org)

Read a Time Line: This link gives a time line of events leading up to the Revolution from 1763 to 1775. Time Line
Read about "The Events Leading to Independence" on this link. Take notes on the reading by writing one IMPORTANT fact from each paragraph on the page. Leading Events

Make a Chart: Use the chart found below to take notes from the time line and the reading about the events that led to the Revolution.

New Political Ideas: New ideas influenced the colonists' desire for independence.
The Declaration of Independence:
This was one of the first published copies of the Declaration.
(Source: http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/freedom/doi/doi.html)

Click on this link to view a video about the Declaration of Independence. Declaration
How it was written. Click here to read about its writing. Written
Click on this link to read the words of the Declaration of Independence. Write two important facts from each paragraph as you read.
Look for these key ideas as you read. Can you find them?
D_of_I_ideas.jpg(Source: solpass.org)

Link for Declaration of Independence Declaration

People and Events:
These important people and events were part of the American Revolution.

Review Games: Play these games to review the Revolution.
1. Key Figures Matching Figures
2. Key Events Matching Events
3. All About Revolution Activities for USI 6 All
4. Revolution Millionaire: Who Am I? Millionaire
5. Millionaire #2 Millionaire 2
6. Millionaire Events Events
7. SOL 6a England Wants Control game England
8. Concentration game Concentration
9. Seek Independence Matching Match