Social Studies - 2018-19

VUS.4d - Colonial Victory

The student will apply social science skills to understand the issues and events leading to and during the Revolutionary Period by

d) analyzing the competing factors that led to colonial victory in the Revolutionary War;


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

Unit Themes

Unit Essential Questions

Change  

How do systems, ideas, or beliefs change over time?

Constitutional Principles 

How does the US Constitution shape our lives as Americans?  

Government

How does democracy shape the American experience?


UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Competing factors in Europe led to the American victory over the British.

Despite Britain’s military superiority, the colonists achieved victory in the American Revolution through the efforts of colonial military and political leaders.


ESSENTIALS

Competing advantages of the opposing forces 

 Britain had a more powerful military, as its army was well-trained and well-equipped, along with a superior navy; however, the war continued to lose popular support in Britain. 

 American colonists had the advantages of fighting a defensive war and having a committed political leadership.

Developments leading to colonial victory in the Revolutionary War 

 American victory at the Battle of Saratoga led to the Treaty of Alliance negotiated by Ben Franklin with France 

 American victory at the Battle of Yorktown under the command of George Washington with the assistance of the French army and navy


KEY VOCABULARY

Terms & EventsPeople

Places

Enlightenment

Natural Rights

Social Contract

Ordered Liberty

Sovereignty

Common Sense

Declaration of Independence

Franchise

Anglo-

French and Indian War

Stamp Act

Boston Tea Party

First Continental Congress

Boston Massacre

American Revolution

Treaty of Alliance with France

Battle of Yorktown

John Locke

Thomas Paine

Thomas Jefferson

Minutemen

Patrick Henry

George Washington

Proclamation of 1763

Lexington and Concord

 (Massachusetts)

Patriots

Loyalists (Tories)

Neutrals

Ben Franklin


Updated: May 18, 2018