Oklahoma Academic Standards
Social Studies Practices PK-12
4 Read Critically and Interpret Informational Sources – Students will engage in critical, active reading of grade-level appropriate primary and secondary sources related to key social studies concepts, including frequent analysis and interpretation of informational sources.
4.A. Students will comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize textual sources to acquire and refine knowledge in the social studies.
4.B. Students will apply critical reading and thinking skills to interpret, evaluate, and respond to a variety of complex texts from historical, ethnic, and global perspectives.
5th Grade Content Standards
5.1. The student will examine and compare the Jamestown and Plymouth settlements as the foundations of American culture and society.
5.1.1. Summarize reasons for European colonization of North America and the impact on the development of the American colonies.
5.1.2. Examine the economic and political motivations for English settlements at Roanoke and Jamestown.
5.1.4. Explain the early successes and challenges of the Jamestown settlement including the leadership of John Smith, interrelationships with American Indians, challenges of the Starving Times, and the export of natural resources for profit.
5.1.5. Explain the English commitment to the permanent settlement at Jamestown as evidenced through the events of 1619 including:
5.1.5.B. private ownership of land
5.1.5.C. introduction of Africans as slave labor
5.1.5.D. arrival of women and families
5.1.8. Explain how American Indian agricultural practices, such as the Three Sisters, contributed to the early survival of the colonists.
5.2. The student will compare the developments of the New England Colonies, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies.
5.2.2. Compare the economic development of the three colonial regions including:
5.2.2.A. agriculture and exports as affected by climate and natural resources
5.2.2.B. a labor system utilizing indentured servants
5.2.2.C. slave labor central to the growth of the economy
5.2.3. Explain the international economic and cultural interactions resulting from the triangular trade routes, including the forced migration of Africans through the Transatlantic slave trade and experiences of the Middle Passage.
5.2.4. Analyze the forms of self-government in the three colonial regions including the role of religion in the establishment of some colonial governments, the Virginia House of Burgesses, and New England town hall meetings.
5.2.7. Compare daily life in the colonies as experienced by different social classes, plantation owners, farmers, merchants, craftsmen, artisans, and women and children.
5.2.8. Compare the experiences of both free and enslaved Africans in the British colonies, including resistance efforts by enslaved peoples and attempts to maintain aspects of African culture.