Early American History

Length: Sixteen weekly lessons
Includes: Printable weekly lessons with daily readings and/or assignments
Age/Grade: Middle school

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How to Use This Course

This course studies America’s founding by taking a close look at the people who founded America and the documents and writings they left behind. Reading, research, critical thinking, and analysis are encouraged. Weekly lessons incorporate geography, history, art, Scripture, formal writing, and more. Answer keys are included.

Course Introduction

The basis of this course is to introduce students to historical research by studying America’s founding. Why is it important to study this period? How does learning our nation’s history help us today? How will studying this period prepare us for tomorrow?

Through reading, research, critical thinking and analysis, students will learn about the foundation of America. They will learn how the founding generation felt about issues relevant to their time that are still issues we face as a society today. In doing so, students shall be introduced to important eighteenth-century personalities who were elemental in the creation of the United States of America.

Beginning with an introduction to historical practice, the course covers the aftermath of the French and Indian War and stops at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Students are expected to do extensive reading for this course. These readings can be found in various places. All the material is available in A Little Book of Revolutionary Quotes (Volume 1 and 2), two books I have compiled that are available on my website or on Amazon. I have also provided an alternative method for the required readings by providing links in the course to online sources. Students are welcome to use these links but will need to do extra research to find the material that specifically pertains to our lessons. All students should also have access to a copy of Common Sense by Thomas Paine.

This is a 16-week course based on my history curriculum Declaration of Independence available on my website: http://www.trehanstreasures.com/.

Printable weekly lessons with daily readings and/or assignments

  • Week 1
    • Day 1: The importance of studying 18th century American history
    • Day 2: Understanding primary sources
    • Day 3: Understanding secondary sources
    • Day 4: Map Skills: Identify the 13 colonies
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Week 2
    • Day 1: Outcome of the French and Indian War
    • Day 2: Impact of the French and Indian War on the American Colonies
    • Day 3: Map Skills: Identify the old and new British boundaries in America
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: George Washington
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Week 3
    • Day 1: The Foundation of America
    • Day 2: Readings: 18th century thoughts on God
    • Day 3: Copywork: The Mayflower Compact
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: Phillis Wheatley
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Week 4
    • Day 1: Principles of Liberty and Freedom
    • Day 2: Readings: 18th century thoughts on government
    • Day 3: Copywork: “The Liberty Song” by John Dickinson
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: James Otis, Jr.
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week 
  • Week 5
    • Day 1: The Stamp Act of 1765
    • Day 2: Readings: 18th century thoughts on taxes
    • Day 3: Project
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: Patrick Henry
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week 
  • Week 6
    • Day 1: The Declaratory Act
    • Day 2: Project
    • Day 3: Readings: Benjamin Franklin’s interview in London
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: Benjamin Franklin
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Week 7
    • Day 1: The Townshend Acts
    • Day 2: Readings: The Townshend Acts
    • Day 3: Project
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: George Mason
    • Day 5: Review Questions of the Week
  • Week 8
    • Day 1: The Boston Massacre
    • Day 2: The Aftermath of the Boston Massacre
    • Day 3: Readings: John Adams Soldiers’ Trial
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: Crispus Attucks
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Week 9
    • Day 1: The East India Company
    • Day 2: The Tea Act of 1773
    • Day 3: The Sons of Liberty
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: Samuel Adams
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Week 10
    • Day 1: The Boston Tea Party
    • Day 2: The Aftermath of the Boston Tea Party
    • Day 3: Readings: John Adams’s Diary
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: John Hancock
    • Day 5: Review Questions of the Week
  • Week 11
    • Day 1: The Intolerable Acts
    • Day 2: Readings: 18th century thoughts on tyranny
    • Day 3: The First Continental Congress
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: John Adams
    • Day 5: Review Questions of the Week
  • Week 12
    • Day 1: Battle of Lexington and Concord
    • Day 2: Copywork: Yankee Doodle
    • Day 3: The Minutemen
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: Paul Revere
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Week 13
    • Day 1: Remembering the Ladies
    • Day 2: Readings: Abigail Adams’s letter to John Adams
    • Day 3: Project
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: Mercy Otis Warren
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Week 14
    • Day 1: Common Sense
    • Day 2: Influence of Common Sense
    • Day 3: Readings: Common Sense
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: Thomas Paine
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Week 15
    • Day 1: Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys
    • Day 2: The Battle of Bunker Hill
    • Day 3: Readings: 18th century thoughts on guns
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: Benedict Arnold
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Week 16
    • Day 1: The Second Continental Congress
    • Day 2: Readings: Declaration of Independence
    • Day 3: Liberty Bell
    • Day 4: Personality of the Week: Thomas Jefferson
    • Day 5: Review Questions for the Week
  • Answer Key

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