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Social Studies-7th Grade-November

Social Studies: American Independence


7.3b American Independence:  The Road to Revolution

  • A sruggle on the frontier draws France and Britian into a worldwide struggle.
  • Efforts to solve Britian's financial problems raise the anger of people in the colonies.
  • By 1775, many Americans were so enraged by British tax policies that they were ready to break away from Britain.
  • In the first days of the war, both sides expected the struggle to be short.  They never expected to fight for seven years.

American Independence: The Road to Revolution

How did the relationship between Britain and the colonies fall apart?

  • How did the British gian French territory in North America?
  • How did the French and Indian War draw the colonists closer together but increase friction in Britain?
  • How did British tax policies move the colonists closer to rebellion?
(1) SS.7.3 AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE: Growing tensions over political power and economic issues sparked a movement for independence from Great Britain. New York played a critical role in the course and outcome of the American Revolution.
(1) SS.I.1 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
(1) SS.I.4 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of how the United States and other societies develop economic systems and associated institutions to allocate scarce resources, how major decision-making units function in the United States and other national economies, and how an economy solves the scarcity problem through market and non-market mechanisms.
(1) SS.I.5 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.

College, Career, and Civil Life (C3) Skills

Dimension 1:  Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

  • D1.5.6-8.  Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of views represented in the sources.

Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools

  • Civics D2.Civ.2.6-8. Explain specific roles played by citizens (such as voters, jurors, taxpayers, members of the armed forces, petitioners, protesters, and office-holders).
  • Economics D2.Eco.15.6-8. Explain the benefits and the costs of trade policies to individuals, businesses, and society.
  • Geography D2.Geo.4.6-8.  Explain how cultural patterns and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people in both nearby and distant places.
  • History D2. His.4.6-8. Analyze multiple factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras.

Dimension 3:  Evaluating Sources & Using Evidence

  • D3.2.6-8. Evaluate the credibility of a source by determining its relevance and intended use.

Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions and Taking Informed Action

  • D4.4.6-8. Critique arguments for credibility.

NCSS Essential Skills for Social Studies

  • Detect cause and effect relationships
  • Use context clues to gain meaning
  • Evaluate sources of information-print, visual, electronic
  • Make timelines
  • Listen for information
  • Locate places on map and globe
  • Interpret social and political messages of cartoons
  • Draw inferences from factual material
  • Compare and contrast credibility of differing accounts of the same event
  • Form opinion based on critical examination of relevant information

7.3b American Independence:  The Road to Revolution







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Do Now Questions

Socrative Entrance/Exit Tickets


Interactive Readings

Graphic Organizers

Thinking Maps

Common Core Protocols

Comprehension Assessments

Writing Assessments

Map Quiz


J. Dodge Differentiated Activities

Marzano Strategies

Primary Source Documents

Political Cartoons

Constructed Response Questions

Chapter Test

25 Quick Formative Assessments - Judy Dodge

America: History of our Nation - Prentice Hall


Interactive Reading

Mission US (PBS Interactive)

Timeline Notes Chart


CLOZE Activity

4 Square Vocabulary

Numbered Heads Together Activity

Common Core Protocols


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