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Skills available for Tennessee fourth-grade social studies standards

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The War for Independence (1700s-1780s)

Creating a New Government (1781-1789)

  • Students will describe the people involved in writing, events leading up to, and the ideas embedded within the Constitution.

    • 4.11 Identify the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, including: no power to tax, weak central government, and the impact of Shays' Rebellion.

    • 4.12 Identify the roles of James Madison and George Washington during the Constitutional Convention, and analyze the major issues debated, including: distribution of power between the states and federal government, the Great Compromise, and slavery and the Three-Fifths Compromise.

    • 4.13 Describe the conflict between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists over ratification of the Constitution, including the need for a Bill of Rights.

    • 4.14 Describe the principles embedded in the Constitution, including: purposes of government (listed in the Preamble), separation of powers, branches of government, checks and balances, and recognition and protection of individual rights (in the 1st amendment).

Building the New Nation (1790-1830)

  • Students will explore the development of the federal government, the exploration of the West, the impact of expansion on American Indians, and the contributions of key people during this era.

    • 4.15 Examine the legacy and significance of the presidency of George Washington, including: the creation of cabinet member positions, two-party split, and the push for a strong central government.

    • 4.16 Map the exploration of the Louisiana Territory, and describe the events, struggles, and successes of the purchase, including the significance of: Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and Sacagawea.

    • 4.17 Identify major causes, events, and key people of the War of 1812, including: trade restrictions, impressment, Battle of New Orleans, burning of Washington D.C., Francis Scott Key, and Andrew Jackson.

    • 4.18 Analyze the impact of Andrew Jackson's presidency, including: the Indian Removal Act, Trail of Tears, and preservation of the union.

The Growth of the Republic (1800s-1850)

  • Students will explore the emergence of the U.S. industrial economy, the growth of slavery in the South, and westward expansion.

    • 4.19 Contrast regional differences in the early 19th century, including: the emerging urbanization in the North, the expansion of the plantation system in the South, and the developing West.

    • 4.20 Analyze the impact of the American Industrial Revolution, including the significance of: watermills (influence of geography), Robert Fulton (steamboats), Samuel Slater (factory system), and Eli Whitney (cotton gin).

    • 4.21 Compare and contrast the characteristics of slave life in plantations, cities, and other farms.

    • 4.22 Describe the experiences of settlers on the overland trails to the West, including the purpose of the journeys and influence of geography.

    • 4.23 Examine the impact of President James K. Polk's view of Manifest Destiny on westward expansion.

    • 4.24 Explain the significance of the California Gold Rush in westward expansion.

The United States Prior the Civil War (1820s-1861)

The Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1870s)