UT.II. United States Studies: Students will understand the chronology and significance of key events leading to self-government.
II.B. The English colonies in North America began to organize and discuss creating an independent form of government separate from England's rule. After making their case in their Declaration of Independence, the colonies engaged in a Revolutionary war that culminated in their independence and the creation of a new nation, the United States of America.
II.2: Evaluate the Revolutionary War's impact on self-rule.
II.2.b. Profile citizens who rose to greatness as leaders.
II.2.d. Explain how the winning of the war set in motion a need for a new government that would serve the needs of the new states.
UT.III. United States Studies: Students will understand the rights and responsibilities guaranteed in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
III.B. The new United States needed a set of rules. A group of leading thinkers of the Revolutionary era met to create a new document to lay out the form of the new government. Drawing upon ideas both old and new, and finding ways to compromise to meet the needs and demands of multiple interests, they created this new government charter called the Constitution. The Constitution created a strong national government with separate branches within the government to insure there were checks on power and balances of responsibilities. The Constitution has been changed, or amended, numerous times since then, first with the addition of the Bill of Rights.
III.1: Assess the underlying principles of the US Constitution.
III.1.a. Recognize ideas from documents used to develop the Constitution (e.g. Magna Carta, Iroquois Confederacy, Articles of Confederation, Virginia Plan).
III.1.b. Analyze goals outlined in the Preamble.
III.1.c. Distinguish between the role of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of the government.
III.1.e. Describe the concept of checks and balances.
III.2: Assess how the US Constitution has been amended and interpreted over time, and the impact these amendments have had on the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States.
III.2.a. Explain the significance of the Bill of Rights.
III.2.b. Identify how the rights of selected groups have changed and how the Constitution reflects those changes (e.g. women, enslaved people).