Independence and Responsibility
- Explain why significant events in early American history are important today.
- Explain how differences in beliefs may lead to conflict and/or change.
- Show the relationship between natural resources and economic growth.
- Describe how early settlers in Illinois and the United States adapted to, used and changed the environment.
- Utilize principle parallels and meridians on maps and globes to locate specific places.
- Demonstrate an understanding of relative location by using it to describe and locate countries.
ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS & GUIDING QUESTIONS
Essential Understanding: People take risks to make possible improvements in their lives.
- What motivates a person to take risks?
- How are the risks of immigration today different from the risks of colonial times?
- How can a person’s life be changed by risk taking?
- What role does perseverance and courage play during risk taking?
Essential Understanding: Differences in social, political, and economic beliefs may lead to conflict.
- How are beliefs different?
- How are beliefs influenced?
- Why do differences lead to conflict?
- How do people react to conflict?
- Why are differences valuable?
Essential Understanding: Economic growth and independence leads to greater responsibility and the need for self-governing.
- How are independence and responsibility connected?
- What does is mean to be a responsible citizen?
- How does economic growth lead to independence?
- What documents are the foundation of American government?
- How do these documents meet the needs, beliefs, and values of the people?
King of England (Monarchy) vs. Colonists (Independence)
Significance of Declaration of Independence
Outcomes of social and political activism
Key leaders – Washington, Jefferson, Franklin
Major events before, during, and after war
The U.S. Constitution
- The process leading to the document
- Need for and purpose of this document
- Preamble, Articles, Bill of Rights, Amendments
- Relevance of the U.S. Constitution today
- Systems of government (local, state, federal)
- Leadership roles
- Rights and responsibilities of citizens