US History: The Founding and the Constitution

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Unit 1: Introduction

1 Course Introduction 03:43

Course Introduction

2 Lesson 1: Why Study History 10:44

Objectives: Students will be able to explain why we study history and brainstorm what artifacts/symbols explain who they are.

3 Lesson 2: Personal History & Perspective Story 11:51

Objectives: Students will begin writing their personal history and be able to explain why it is important. Students will be able to explain the importance of perspectives by writing about the same story from two different sides.

Unit 2: Colonization

4 Lesson 1: Why Colonize? 13:30

Objective: Students will be able to list and describe the main reasons why Europeans began colonizing North America in the 17th century.

5 Lesson 2: Why Colonize? Review 09:31

In this lesson we will review the assignment: Part 1 Early Colonies Reading & Questions from the previous lesson. Please finish the assignment prior to taking this lesson.

6 Lesson 3: Early British Colonies Pt. 1 18:36

Picture of Lesson 3: Early British Colonies Pt. 1 Objective: Students will be able to explain the importance of: 1. Roanoke 2. Jamestown 3. House of Burgesses 4. Pilgrims 5. Mayflower Compact

7 Lesson 4: Early British Colonies Pt. 2 36:18

Objective: Students will be able to explain the significance of: 1. Triangular Trade 2. Middle Passage 3. Puritans 4. John Winthrop 5. Salem Witch Trials

8 Lesson 5: Early British Colonies Review 08:17

We will be reviewing the assignment "Pt. 2 Early Colonies Reading and Questions". Please complete this assignment before watching the lesson.

9 Lesson 6: Your Story 08:35

In this lesson students will begin to fill out their own family tree and think about why it is important to know your own family history.

10 Unit 2 Activity Review 02:54

Unit 2 Activity Review

Unit 3: Slavery

11 Lesson 1: A Brief History of Slavery 21:46

Objectives: Students will be able to: Define a slave in Colonial America. Tell how slavery began in Africa. Explain who brought African slaves to the Americas. Locate important places on a map.

12 Lesson 2: Slavery in the Early Colonies 10:59

Objectives: Students will be able to - explain when and where the first slaves came to the British Colonies and describe what their life was like. Describe the Atlantic Slave Trade. Write a personal story about standing up for somebody.

13 BONUS: Modern Day Slavery 08:05

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14 Unit 3 Activity Review 02:47

Unit 3 Activity Review

Unit 4: Road to Revolution

15 Lesson 1: Review Colonies Mature Reading & Questions 15:10

Please complete this reading and packet before moving on to Lesson 2.

16 Lesson 2: Road to Revolution Part 1 18:31

Objectives: Students will be able to explain major events leading up to the Revolutionary War. (1763-1767)

17 Lesson 3: The Boston Massacre and Trial of Captain Preston Pt. 1 19:50

Objectives: Students will be able to analyze primary source documents and write their opinion on what should have happened using evidence from the primary sources.

18 Lesson 4: The Boston Massacre and Trial of Captain Preston Pt. 2 15:44

Part 2 of the Trial of Captain Preston activity - goes over the 2nd - 7th sources on the activity paper from last lesson

19 Lesson 5: The Boston Massacre and Trial of Captain Preston Pt. 1 & 2 Review 31:08

Part 3 of the Trial of Captain Preston activity

20 Lesson 6: Road to the Revolution Part 2 24:03

Objectives: Students will be able to explain major events that led to the Revolutionary War. (1773-1775)

21 Unit 4 Activity Review 02:00

Unit 4 Activity Review

Unit 5: The Revolutionary War

22 Lesson 1: Strengths and Weaknesses of the British and Continental Armies 24:22

Objectives: Students will list the strengths and weaknesses of the British and Continental Armies. Students will describe the Continental Army.

23 Lesson 2: Important Battles 15:37

Objectives: Students will be able to list the dates, outcomes, and important facts of Fort Ticonderoga and the Battle of Bunker Hill and explain why they were important.

24 Lesson 3: Important Battles 15:17

Objectives: Students will learn the date, a fact, and the significance of the Battle of Trenton and the Battle of Saratoga.

25 Lesson 4: Valley Forge and The Crisis by Thomas Paine 19:06

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the significance of Valley Forge. Students will be able to determine why the Continental Army was inspired by Thomas Paine. Students will explain who in their life has inspired them and why.

26 Lesson 5: Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris 28:13

Objectives: Students will be able to explain how the Continental Army defeated the British. Students will be able to list the terms of the Treaty of Paris.

27 Lesson 6: Pick Your Battle Research Activity 24:24

Objectives: Students will practice their research skills by researching a battle of their choice and writing about it using the guided notes.

28 Unit 5 Activity Review 02:38

Unit 5 Activity Review

Unit 6: The Declaration of Independence

29 Lesson 1: Writing the Declaration 22:43

Objectives: Students will be able to list who wrote the Declaration of Independence and why. Students will be able to explain what was taken out of the Declaration about slavery and why.

30 Lesson 2: The Declaration of Independence Analysis Part 1 19:41

Objectives: Students will analyze and summarize the first third of the Declaration.

31 Lesson 3: The Declaration of Independence Analysis Part 2 24:14

Objectives: Students will analyze and determine why the colonists are declaring independence.

32 Lesson 4: The Declaration of Independence Analysis Part 3 17:24

Objectives: Students will analyze the concluding thoughts of the Declaration of Independence.

33 Lesson 5: To the King Assignment 03:49

Students will choose between 4 options for an assignment creating a message To the King or explaining the Declaration of Independence.

34 Unit 6 Activity Review 00:51

Unit 6 Activity Review

Unit 7: Founding Fathers

35 Lesson 1: George Washington 27:03

Objectives: Students will be able to list facts about George Washington. Students will be able to explain a life-lesson we all can learn from G. Washington's life and how they can apply it to their life. Students will also learn about a slave, Cesar, at George Washington's home and write down a life-lesson we can all learn from his life.

36 Lesson 2: John Adams 06:08

Objectives: Students will be able to list facts about John Adams. Students will be able to explain a life-lesson we all can learn from J. Adam's life and how they can apply it to their life.

37 Lesson 3: Thomas Jefferson 11:07

Objectives: Students will be able to list facts about Thomas Jefferson. Students will be able to explain a life-lesson we all can learn from T. Jefferson's life and how they can apply it to their life.

38 Lesson 4: Founding Fathers Research 08:15

Objectives: Students will research a Founding Father of their choice and create a social media page for them using the attached documents.

39 Unit 7 Activity Review 03:26

Unit 7 Activity Review

Unit 8: Founding Mothers

40 Lesson 1: Colonial Women in the Revolutionary War Part 1 29:45

Objectives: Students will learn about women who were very influential during the Revolutionary War. Students will be able to explain how women contributed to the Revolutionary War.

41 Lesson 2: Colonial Women in the Revolutionary War Part 2 10:02

Objectives: Students will learn about women who were very influential during the Revolutionary War. Students will be able to explain how women contributed to the Revolutionary War.

42 Lesson 3: Native American Women in the Revolutionary War 10:22

Objectives: Students will be able to explain the contribution the Native Americans made during the Revolutionary War. Students will be able to see the Revolutionary War from the Native American's point of view.

43 Lesson 4: African American Women in the Revolutionary War 11:07

Objectives: Students will be able to explain life for African American women during the Revolutionary War. Students will complete a further reading of these powerful women and write down facts they learn.

44 Lesson 5: Important Story 04:28

Objectives: Students will examine their life stories and write about an important event or series of events that they don't want to forget.

45 Unit 8 Activity Review 11:08

Unit 8 Activity Review

Unit 9: Creating the US Constitution

46 Lesson 1: The Constitutional Convention 14:28

Objectives: Students will be able to describe the when, where, what, who, why, and how of the Continental Congress.

47 Lesson 2: The Issue of Representation 23:15

Objectives: Students will be able to describe the fears of small & large states, the Great Compromise, and the 3/5ths Compromise through the eyes of the delegates.

48 Lesson 3: Ratification of the Constitution 14:45

Objectives: Students will be able to define Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Students will be able to explain how George Washington influenced the ratification and success of the US Constitution.

49 Unit 9 Activity Review 01:55

Unit 9 Activity Review

Unit 10: The US Constitution

50 Lesson 1: The Preamble 13:11

Objectives: Students will be able to explain what the Constitution does by using the information in the Preamble.

51 Lesson 2: The Structure of the Constitution Articles 1-3 16:26

Objectives: Students will be able to list and give a brief explanation of the first 3 Articles that make up the Constitution.

52 Lesson 3: The Structure of the Constitution Articles 4-7 09:33

Objectives: Students will be able to list the main ideas found in Articles 4-7 and explain what an amendment is.

53 Lesson 4: The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Religion Part 1 12:41

Objectives: Students will analyze the Freedom of Religion and explain why it is an important basis for all other rights.

54 Lesson 5: The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Religion Part 2 09:32

Objectives: Students will analyze the Freedom of Religion and explain why it is an important basis for all other rights.

55 Lesson 6: The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Religion Part 3 09:00

Objectives: Students will examine and list ways to protect the freedom of religion/belief for everyone, no matter what their beliefs are.

56 Lesson 7: The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press 10:34

Objectives: Students will analyze what it means to have freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Students will see the value these freedoms have for good and for bad - but why they are ultimately necessary and how we can protect these rights.

57 Lesson 8: The Bill of Rights: Freedom to Petition, Freedom to Assemble 09:12

Objectives: Students will be able to explain what the freedoms of petition and assembly are and why they are essential to a free government and happy society.

58 Lesson 9: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 2, 3, 4 10:39

Objectives: Students will analyze and be able to explain Amendments 2, 3, & 4 and why the founders included these in the Bill of Rights.

59 Lesson 10: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 5, 6, 7 10:43

Objectives: Students will analyze and be able to explain Amendments 5, 6, & 7 and why the founders included these in the Bill of Rights.

60 Lesson 11: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 8, 9, 10 07:42

Objectives: Students will analyze and be able to explain Amendments 8, 9, & 10 and why the founders included these in the Bill of Rights.

61 Lesson 12: The Bill of Rights: Review & Memorize 13:47

Objectives: Students will be able to list the freedoms in the Bill of Rights using a fun memorizing technique. Students will analyze which Amendment from the Bill of Rights and explain which one they think is the most important.

62 Lesson 13: The Bill of Rights: Stories and Examples 06:49

Objectives: Students will analyze determine if the due process of law is being followed in the "Due Process" activity.

63 Unit 10 Activity Review 07:50

Unit 10 Activity Review

Unit 11: President Washington

64 Lesson 1: The First President 15:37

Objectives: Students will be able to explain how we pick the president and explore a reliable, bipartisan resource that they can use to determine who they would vote for in a presidential election.

65 Lesson 2: Setting Precedents 09:26

Objectives: Students will be able to explain how Washington set precedents for following presidencies by setting up the cabinet, judiciary, and how he handled the whiskey rebellion.

66 Lesson 3: Two-Party System 09:00

Objectives: Students will be able to list how Washington's cabinet members created the two-party system and be able to describe what political parties are.

67 Lesson 4: Farewell Address 12:31

Objectives: Students will be able to write about which of Washington's 7 pillars of America they think is the most significant.

68 Unit 11 Activity Review 05:22

Unit 11 Activity Review

Unit 12: Conclusion

69 Conclusion: YOU ARE IMPORTANT 11:51

Objectives: Students will know they are important! Students will recognize the inherent value they have and be excited to learn more about history and record their own history throughout their life.

Welcome to the United States History: The Founding and the Constitution course! 

 

Course Description

United States History: The Founding and the Constitution course is about the stories of the development of the USA and the Constitution starting with colonization and ending with the presidency of George Washington. Along with gaining a foundational understanding of the history of the creation of the USA, the student will also learn about historical figures not often taught in US history courses such as George Washington's slaves and Native American women. Woven throughout the units is a focus on personal history and the important role we as individuals play in the story of the world. 

This course is not a typical memorize dates and facts history course, it is a unique course with questions, analysis of primary source documents, activities, and stories that inspire the student to reflect on their own life and how they can make a difference for good. 

Course Goals

By the end of this course students will:

  • Have a deeper understanding and appreciation for the men and women who built and strengthened the United States of America
  • Feel a greater sense of self-worth and excitement for life and learning 
  • Have personal history stories written down and ready to pass on to future generations
  • Desire to learn more about history 
  • Be able to find life lessons from historical figures and apply them to their life 
  • Have greater critical-thinking and analyzing skills
  • Be able to explain and recite the Bill of Rights 
  • Know how to decide who to vote for when they vote for president 

... AND SO MUCH MORE!

 

Target Audience

While anyone can take this course and do very well, it is targeted towards 8th-10th graders and advanced 6th - 7th graders. These grades are just a suggestion. 

 

Course Prerequisites

Have a desire to learn the greatest story in history - the story of the Founding of the United States of America! No previous US History course is required. 

 

Course Includes:

  • 55+ video lessons

  • 10 review videos 
  • 14+ hours of video 

  • Guided notes for each lesson. These will guide your student through the entire course!

  • 21 online quizzes 

  • 2 research assignments

  • 4 primary source analysis activities 
  • 5+ personal history activities 

  • Answer keys for guided notes, assignments, & activities

  • A list of recommended books for further study

 

Course Units and Lesson Titles

Unit 1: Introduction

  • Course Introduction 
  • Lesson 1: Why We Study History 

  • Lesson 2: Personal History & Perspective story 

 

Unit 2: British Colonization

  • Lesson 1: Why Colonize? 

  • Lesson 2: Why Colonize? Review

  • Lesson 3: Early British Colonies Part 1

  • Lesson 4: Early British Colonies Part 2

  • Lesson 5: Review: Early Colonization Reading packet part 2 

  • Lesson 6: Your Story  

  • Unit 2 Activity Review

 

Unit 3: African Slavery in America 

  • Lesson 1: Brief History of Slavery 

  • Lesson 2: Slavery in the Early Colonies 

  • Bonus: Modern Day Slavery 

  • Unit 3 Activity Review

 

Unit 4: The Road to Revolution 

  • Lesson 1: Review: Colonies Mature Reading packet 

  • Lesson 2: Road to the Revolution Part 1 (1763-1767)

  • Lesson 3: The Boston Massacre and the Trial of Captain Preston Pt. 1 (1770)

  • Lesson 4: Boston Massacre and Trial of Captain Preston Pt. 2

  • Lesson 5: Trial of Captain Preston Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 Review

  • Lesson 6: Road to the Revolution Part 2 (1773-1775)

  • Unit 4 Activity Review 

 

Unit 5: The Revolutionary War 

  • Lesson 1: Strengths and Weaknesses of the British & Continental armies 

  • Lesson 2: Important battles - Ticonderoga and Bunker Hill

  • Lesson 3: Important battles - Trenton and Saratoga 

  • Lesson 4: Valley Forge & the Crisis by Thomas Paine

  • Lesson 5: Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris 

  • Lesson 6: Pick Your Battle Research Activity

  • Unit 5 Activity Review

 

Unit 6: The Declaration of Independence 

  • Lesson 1: Writing the Declaration of Independence 

  • Lesson 2: Declaration of Independence Analysis #1

  • Lesson 3: Declaration of Independence Analysis #2

  • Lesson 4: Declaration of Independence Analysis #3 

  • Lesson 5: To the King Assignment

  • Unit 6 Activity Review

 

Unit 7: Founding Fathers 

  • Lesson 1: George Washington 

  • Lesson 2: John Adams

  • Lesson 3: Thomas Jefferson 

  • Lesson 4: Founding Fathers Research

  • Unit 7 Activity Review

 

Unit 8: Founding Mothers 

  • Lesson 1: Colonial Women in the Revolutionary War Part 1 

  • Lesson 2: Colonial Women in the Revolutionary War Part 2

  • Lesson 3: Native American Women in the Revolutionary War

  • Lesson 4: African American Women in the Revolutionary War 

  • Lesson 5: Important Story 

  • Unit 8 Activity Review

 

Unit 9: Creating the US Constitution 

  • Lesson 1: The Constitutional Convention 

  • Lesson 2: The Issue of Representation 

  • Lesson 3: Ratification of the Constitution 

  • Unit 9 Activity Review

 

Unit 10: The US Constitution 

  • Lesson 1: The Preamble 

  • Lesson 2: The Structure of the Constitution Articles 1-3 

  • Lesson 3: The Structure of the Constitution Articles 4-7 

  • Lesson 4: The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Religion part 1

  • Lesson 5: The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Religion part 2 

  • Lesson 6: The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Religion part 3 

  • Lesson 7: The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press 

  • Lesson 8: The Bill of Rights: Freedom to Petition, Freedom to Assemble

  • Lesson 9: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 2, 3, 4

  • Lesson 10: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 5, 6, 7

  • Lesson 11: The Bill of Rights: Amendments 8, 9 10 

  • Lesson 12: The Bill of Rights: Review & Memorize 

  • Lesson 13: The Bill of Rights: Stories and Examples 

  • Unit 10 Activity Review

 

Unit 11: President Washington 

  • Lesson 1: The First President

  • Lesson 2: Setting Precedents 

  • Lesson 3: Two-Party System

  • Lesson 4: Farewell Address

  • Unit 11 Activity Review

 

Lesson 12: Conclusion

  • Conclusion: You Are Important  

  • Teacher: Chelsey
  • Areas of expertise: US History, World Geography
  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in History Teaching and Minor in Geography Teaching from Brigham Young University
  • Interests: I love reading, traveling, learning, teaching, exercising, baking, playing board games, napping, shopping, eating yummy food, personal growth, and spending time with my husband and family.
  • Skills: Getting students excited about history and life.
  • Associations: Certified Teacher in Idaho, USA: History and Geography for grades 6-12, 120 Hour Teaching English to Learners of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate, Online ESL Teacher to students in China
  • Issues I care about: Helping students LOVE history, LOVE life, and LOVE themselves!

History is SO IMPORTANT and FASCINATING! People have done some crazy things, and some crazy awesome things! I always loved learning about history as a young kid - but I thought I wasn't very good at it because I couldn't remember every date that everything happened. In college I learned that the dates were not as important as the life lessons we can learn through STORIES! I love history stories and I love teaching them in a way we can apply them to our lives. I am so glad you are here deciding if this course is right for you! If you are ready to learn history while being inspired to do good and improve your own life, you are in the right place!

Unit 2 - Unit 7 Guided Notes Answer Key

This answer key is provided for you to be able to help your student and make sure they are getting all the notes from all the lessons - if you and they choose to use the guided note option, which is highly recommended, but not absolutely necessary.

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Unit 2 Early Colonies Answer Key Part 1

This answer key goes along with Colonization Unit: Lesson 2: Review Pt. 1 Reading and Questions. The reading and questions are attached to Colonization Unit: Lesson 1 and Lesson 2. All of the questions are in order with the reading. Please encourage your student to read the questions and answer them as they read the packet. 

If your student is in 6-7th grade:

They can either complete the reading before watching the lesson, or they can fill out the questions during the lesson and complete the remainder when the lesson is finished. 

If your student is 8th grade or higher:

Please have your student complete the reading and questions before watching the lesson. 

Unit 2 Early Colonies Answer Sheet Part 2

This assignment is similar to the one given in Unit 2: Colonization Lesson 2. 

If your student needs to watch the video as they complete the assignment, that is just fine. If your student can answer all the questions on their own (using the reading packet of course) BEFORE watching the video for the lesson, that is preferable to help them with their reading comprehension.

Unit 2 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 2 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 2 Activity Answers

Unit 2 Activity Answers

Unit 3 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 3 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 3 Activity Answers

Unit 3 Activity Answers

Unit 4: Trial of Captain Preston KEY

A lot of these answers are the student's opinion. Make sure that whatever opinion they write about, they have evidence from the sources to back it up! These are examples. 

Unit 4 Colonies Mature Answer KEY

This is the final reading packet and questions for your student! Please have them complete the reading and answering all the questions before moving on to the next lesson to help with their reading comprehension skills. 

Unit 4 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 4 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 4 Activity Answers

Unit 4 Activity Answers

Unit 5 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 5 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 5 Activity Answers

Unit 5 Activity Answers

Unit 6 Analyze Declaration of Independence Answer Key

Unit 6: Lessons 2, 3, and 4 are all about analyzing the Declaration of Independence. Students can either follow along with each lesson or they can try analyzing and answering the questions on their own. 

Unit 6 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 6 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 6 Activity Answers

Unit 6 Activity Answers

Unit 7 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 7 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 7 Activity Answers

Unit 7 Activity Answers

Unit 8 PowerPoint PDF

Unit 8: Use this resource to check in with your student and their guided notes.

Unit 8 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 8 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 8 Activity Answers

Unit 8 Activity Answers

Unit 9 PowerPoint PDF

Unit 9: Use this resource as an answer key for your student's Unit 9 guided notes.

Unit 9 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 9 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 9 Activity Answers

Unit 9 Activity Answers

Unit 10 PowerPoint PDF

Unit 10: Use this resource as an answer key for your students Unit 10 guided notes and further understanding.

Unit 10 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 10 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 10 Activity Answers

Unit 10 Activity Answers

Unit 11 PowerPoint

Unit 11: Use this resource to help your student with guided notes for all of Unit 11.

Unit 11 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 11 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 11 Activity Answers

Unit 11 Activity Answers

Unit 12 Quizzes Answer Key

Unit 12 Quizzes Answer Key

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