Teaching American History

Lesson Plans











Lesson Plan format

The following chart of lesson plans is linked to the Georgia Performance Standards.

This series of lessons was designed during the first year of the grant when the focus of grant activities was on the time period of Colonial through 1800.  The plans reflect
the emphasis on that era.  As second and third year studies move through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, lesson plans on those periods will follow.

Grant teachers will use this form to evaluate the 2011 lesson plan.      Historical Thinking Lesson Plan Evaluation 2011

Chart of all lessons, topics and standards

U. S. History Standard Lesson Includes:
SSUH1 The student will describe European settlement in North America during the 17th century.
  1. Explain VA’s development….and the development of slavery
Middle Passage
  1. Explain…relationships with Native Americans such as Powhatan

(Advanced Placement) = American Indian cultures of North America at the time of European contact


The Development of VA – Bacon’s RebellionBacon’s Rebellion – Colonial VA
(for Advanced Placement)
  1. Describe the settlement of New England;…Salem Witch trials
Salem Witch Trials
contact Gilbert for DBQ activity materials
  1. Explain the development of the mid-Atlantic colonies;…and the settlement of Pennsylvania (Quakers)

(Advanced Placement = Quakers)

William Penn Through ArtWilliam Penn’s Vision for PA
SSUSH2 The student will trace the ways that the economy and society of British North America developed.
  1. Describe the Middle Passage….
 (see above)
SSUSH3 b. Explain colonial response to such British actions as the Proclamation of 1763, the Stamp Act, and the Intolerable Acts as seen in Sons and Daughters of Liberty and Committees of Correspondence.  On the Path to Revolution
  1. Explain the importance of Thomas Paine’s common sense to the movement for independence.
 Common Sense
SSUSH4 the student will identify the ideological, military, and diplomatic aspects of the American Revolution. b. Explain the reason for and significance of the French alliance and foreign assistance and the roles of Benjamin Franklin and the Marquis de Lafayette.d. Explain the role geography at the Battle of Yorktown, the role of Lord Cornwallis, and the Treaty of Paris, 1783.  American Rev – Fr Alliance
  1. Analyze George Washington as a military leader; include the creation of a professional military and the life of a common soldier, and describe the significance of the crossing of the Delaware River and Valley Forge
George Washington – Leader
SSSUSH5 the student will explain specific events and key ideas that brought about the adoption and implementation of the United States Constitution. a.-d. Problems of the Articles of Confederation government to the adoption of the Bill of Rights. Constitution Lesson Plan – final
  1. Analyze how the Bill of Rights serves as a protector of individual and states’ rights.
Bill of Rights and Freedom of Speech
  1. Explain the importance of the Presidencies of George Washington and John Adams; include the whiskey rebellion, non-intervention in Europe, and the development of political parties (Alexander Hamilton).
Washington and Adams Presidencies



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