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Skills available for South Carolina fourth-grade social studies standards

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4-1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of political, economic, and geographic reasons for the exploration of the New World.

4-2 The student will demonstrate an understanding of how the settlement of North America was influenced by the interactions of Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans.

4-3 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the conflict between the American colonies and England.

4-4 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the beginnings of America as a nation and the establishment of the new government.

  • After independence was declared, Americans were faced with creating a new form of government that would embody the ideals for which they had fought. To understand the development of these United States into a new nation, the student will utilize the knowledge and skills set forth in the following indicators:

    • 4-4.1 Compare the ideas in the Articles of Confederation with those in the United States Constitution, including how powers are now shared between state and national government and how individuals and states are represented in Congress.

    • 4-4.2 Explain the structure and function of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.

    • 4-4.3 Explain how the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights placed importance on the active involvement of citizens in government and protected the rights of white male property owners but not those of the slaves, women, and Native Americans.

    • 4-4.4 Compare the roles and accomplishments of early leaders in the development of the new nation, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Marshall, and James Madison.

    • 4-4.5 Compare the social and economic policies of the two political parties that were formed in America in the 1790s.

4-5 The student will demonstrate an understanding of westward expansion of the United States and its impact on the institution of slavery.

  • The new century saw the United States transformed by exponential growth through land acquisitions in the West. This expansion resulted in harm to Native Americans and continued the debate on the "peculiar institution" of slavery. To understand the impact of westward expansion on the United States as a whole, the student will utilize the knowledge and skills set forth in the following indicators:

4-6 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the causes, the course, and the effects of the American Civil War.