Social Studies - 2017-18
VS.5a - Reasons for the American Revolution
The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by
a) identifying the reasons why the colonies went to war with Great Britain, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
Bloom's Level: Understand
Conflict develops between individuals, groups, and countries for different reasons.
One reason for conflict is a difference in beliefs over who has the authority for a group.
One political belief is that the authority for government belongs to the people who are governed.
One political belief is that the authority for government belongs to the king.
All people are created equal.
All people have certain rights.
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
England became Great Britain in the early 1700s.
Conflicts developed between the colonies and Great Britain over how the colonies should be governed.The Declaration of Independence gave reasons for independence and ideas for self-government.
How did the colonists’ ideas about government differ from those of the British Parliament?Why is the Declaration of Independence an important document?
Identify and interpret artifacts and primary and secondary source documents to understand events in history. (VS.1a)
Determine cause-and-effect relationships. (VS.1b)
Compare and contrast historical events. (VS.1c)
Draw conclusions and make generalizations. (VS.1d)
Sequence events in Virginia history. (VS.1f)Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives. (VS.1g)
The colonists and the British Parliament disagreed over how the colonies should be governed.
- Parliament believed it had legal authority in
the colonies, while the colonists believed their local assemblies had legal
- Parliament believed it had the right to tax the
colonies, while the colonists believed they should not be taxed because they
had no representation in Parliament.