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  • Geography
        Students will understand that...
      
     1. Physical geography shaped the economic, social and political development of the US
     
    American Indians
       Students will understand that...
       
    1. The Northeast is considered the birthplace of our nation. 
       2. Geography and climate greatly influenced how pre-Columbian Native society lived (location, crops, cultural traditions, clothing, tribal organization, etc.)
     
    Exploration
       Students will understand that...
       1. The differing motives, beliefs, interests, hopes and fears of the explorers impacted the Native Americans.
       2.
    Native American and European cultures impacted each other. 
       3.
    Exploration set the stage for settlements that would become future colonies of European powers. 
       4.
    The success or failure of early settlements was dependent on interactions with Native Americans, the local geography, and disease.
       5. The early settlements were the first of what would become 13 English colonies in North America.
       6. Slavery lasted for 250 years in what would become The United States of America.
     
    The Road to Independence and the Revolution
       Students will understand that...
       1. Shared experiences led colonists to develop a shared "American" identity.
       2.
    In exchange for military protection, Britain interfered with the colonists’ political and economic liberties. 
       3.
    Loyalists versus Patriot views.
       4. The Declaration of Independence justified why the colonists needed a new government and also attempted to persuade people to join the Revolution.
       5. British actions angered the colonists in the 1700’s
       6. Strategic events led to US victory and independence.
     
    The Constitution & The Bill of Rights
       Students will understand that...
       1. There was a need to develop a new government.
       2.
    There were major differences about the idea of what the government should look like. 
       3.
    The basic rights and freedoms are protected under the Bill of Rights.
     
    Lewis & Clark, an introduction into Westward Expansion
       Students will understand that...
       1. The explorations of Lewis and Clark opened the west to settlement.
       2.
    Relations with Native Americans affected westward expansion.
     
    Current Events that connect to America's Past
       Students will understand that...
       1. They can increase their awareness of current events through articles and pictures in the news.
       2.
    Verbalize how news of current events can affect themselves.