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Social Studies-7th Grade-December

Social Studies: American Independence


7.3c American Independence: The American Revolution

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

  • The Declaration of Independence proclaimed that the colonies were seperating from Britain.
  • The American army faced many difficulties in the early years of the war.
  • The impact of the war was felt by all Americans in every part of the nation.
  • After a final victory, the Americans at last acheived independence from British rule.

American Independence: The American Revolution

  • Why did many colonists favor independence?
  • How were the early years of the war a critical time?
  • How did the effects of the war widen?
  • How did the Americans win the war and make peace?
(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.

College, Career, and Civil Life (C3) Skills

Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

  • D1.1.6-8.  Explain how a question represents key ideas in the field.

Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools

  • Civics D2.Civ.10.6-8. Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government civil society.
  • Economics D2.Eco.6.6-8. Explain how changes is supply and demand can cause changes in prices and quantities of goods and services, labor, credit, and foreign currencies.
  • Geography D2.Geo.1.6-8. Construct maps to represent and explain spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
  • History D2.His.6.6-8. Analyze how people's perspectives influenced what information is available in the historical sources they created.

Dimension 3: Evaluative Sources & Using Evidence

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

Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions & Taking Informed Action

  • D4.3.6-8. Present adaptations of arguments and explanations on topics of interest to others to reach audiences and venues outside the classroom using print and oral technologies (e.g., poters, essays, letters, debates, speeches, reports, and maps) and digital technologies (e.g., Internet, social media, and digital documentary).

NCSS: Essential Skills for Social Studies

  • Interpret graphs
  • Detect bias in visual material
  • Operate a computer to enter and retrieve information gathered from a variety of sources
  • Group data in categories according to appropriate criteria
  • Extract significant ideas from supporting, illustrative, details
  • Restate major ideas of a complex topic in concise form











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

Revolution Maps




25 Quick Formative Assessments - Judy Dodge

America: History of our Nation - Prentice Hall


Interactive Reading

Toolkit Inquiry: American Revolution


Common Sense


Declaration of Independence


When Washington Crossed the Delaware


PBS Liberty's Kids


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