Standard 5: American Revolution & Birth of a New Nation

General Information
Number: SS.5.A.5
Title: American Revolution & Birth of a New Nation
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 5
Strand: American History

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Related Access Points

This cluster includes the following access points.

Independent

SS.5.A.5.In.a
Identify events leading up to the American Revolution, such as unfair taxes and restriction of freedoms by the King of England.
SS.5.A.5.In.b
Recognize achievements of significant individuals from the American Revolution, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin.
SS.5.A.5.In.c
Identify that the Declaration of Independence stated that colonists wanted freedom from England.
SS.5.A.5.In.d
Identify the role a woman played during the American Revolution, such as Martha Washington.
SS.5.A.5.In.e
Recognize a major battle in the American Revolution and a hardship the soldiers endured, such as winter at Valley Forge.
SS.5.A.5.In.f
Recognize that France and other countries contributed money and supplies to help the colonists fight against England.
SS.5.A.5.In.g
Recognize that France and other countries contributed money and supplies to help the colonists fight against England.
SS.5.A.5.In.h
Recognize that there was no money or supplies left for the new government after the American Revolution.
SS.5.A.5.In.i
Recognize that the Confederation Congress passed a law (Northwest Ordinance) to allow the United States to expand westward.
SS.5.A.5.In.j
Recognize that the Constitution outlines the principles of the American government.

Supported

SS.5.A.5.Su.a
Recognize an event that led to the American Revolution, such as unfair taxes.
SS.5.A.5.Su.b
Recognize a famous individual who contributed to the American Revolution, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Ben Franklin.
SS.5.A.5.Su.c
Recognize that the colonists supported the Declaration of Independence.
SS.5.A.5.Su.d
Recognize a famous woman from the American Revolution, such as Martha Washington.
SS.5.A.5.Su.e
Recognize that George Washington led the troops against England during the American Revolution.
SS.5.A.5.Su.f
Recognize that the colonists needed help from other countries to win the Revolution.
SS.5.A.5.Su.g
Recognize that the colonists needed help from other countries to win the Revolution.
SS.5.A.5.Su.h
Recognize that the colonists needed more money and supplies after the American Revolution.
SS.5.A.5.Su.i
Recognize that the United States wanted to add new lands after the Revolution.
SS.5.A.5.Su.j
Recognize that the Constitution is the set of laws Americans follow.

Participatory

SS.5.A.5.Pa.a
Recognize that the people who settled in America were unhappy with the King of England.
SS.5.A.5.Pa.b
Recognize George Washington.
SS.5.A.5.Pa.c
Recognize that the colonists wanted freedom from a king.
SS.5.A.5.Pa.d
Recognize that women helped during the American Revolution.
SS.5.A.5.Pa.e
Recognize that the colonists fought in the American Revolution.
SS.5.A.5.Pa.f
Recognize that other groups (countries) helped the colonists.
SS.5.A.5.Pa.g
Recognize that other groups (countries) helped the colonists.
SS.5.A.5.Pa.h
Recognize that colonists need supplies.
SS.5.A.5.Pa.i
Recognize that the United States grew in size.
SS.5.A.5.Pa.j
Recognize that the government makes laws for its people.

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Data Set

Measuring Loyalism in America c. 1775-1785:

This infographic shows both the level of Loyalism in America during the American Revolution and the extent of postwar Loyalist migration.

Type: Data Set

Lesson Plans

Women Warriors:

This is a MEA that looks at the contribution of some women that helped out during the American Revolution.

Type: Lesson Plan

A "Revolutionary" Approach to Learning History:

Students will research causes leading up to the Revolutionary War and their specific effects. They will use various informational text resources to research a particular central event during this time period and place key points into a cause and effect graphic organizer. Working in small groups, they will compose a reader's theatre script depicting what they gathered in their research. They will rehearse and present their reader's theatre to their classmates.

Type: Lesson Plan

Teaching Idea

Importance of Rules and the Bill of Rights:

This web resource provides students with support in understanding the importance of having rules (laws) in society, learning how they are addressed in the U.S Constitution, and gaining an understanding of the Bill of Rights.

Type: Teaching Idea

Text Resource

Home at Mount Vernon:

This resource from George Washington's Mount Vernon contains a short play about the life of slaves, indentured servants, and others during the time of Washington's presidency. A narrative version, written as a story, is also available.

  • Students will learn about the various people who lived and worked at George Washington's Mount Vernon in the 18th century.
  • Students will understand the societal, cultural, and economic conditions of 18th century American life that sustained plantation life.

Type: Text Resource

Video/Audio/Animation

Yorktown: Now or Never:

View a 10-part video on the Battle of Yorktown, the culminating battle of the Revolutionary War. With French aid, George Washington led American troops to a victory that ensured American independence.

In addition to the video, you will find primary source documents and a graphic organizer to help you analyze the Battle of Yorktown in greater detail.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

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Video/Audio/Animation

Yorktown: Now or Never:

View a 10-part video on the Battle of Yorktown, the culminating battle of the Revolutionary War. With French aid, George Washington led American troops to a victory that ensured American independence.

In addition to the video, you will find primary source documents and a graphic organizer to help you analyze the Battle of Yorktown in greater detail.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

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