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

Adopted: 2008

BIG IDEAS

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?

ESSENTIALS

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 authority.
  • 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.

The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, states that authority to govern belongs to the people rather than to kings and that all people are created equal and have rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Updated: Apr 29, 2016