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Title: The American Revolution and the Origins of the Constitution

Teacher: Fritz Grade & Subject: 8th US History
Dates of Implementation: TBD Number of School Days: 15
Benchmark Exam (underline): 1 2 3 4



Mississippi Standards
1. Understand the major events, actors and ideas that precipitated the founding of the

nation and relate their significance to the development of American constitutional


a. Describe the relationship between the moral and political ideas of the Great Awakening, the Enlightenment, and Western Political philosophies and the development of revolutionary sentiment among the colonists. (DOK 2)

b. Analyze the philosophy of government expressed in the Declaration of Independence, with an emphasis on government as a means of protecting individual rights (e.g., phrases such as ―all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights‖). (DOK 3)

d. Compare and contrast the major documents and works (e.g., Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, etc.) that laid the foundation for American democracy. (DOK 2)

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