Ch 10: GACE Early Childhood Education: The American Revolution

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Dust off your knowledge of the American Revolution as you prepare for the GACE Early Childhood Education exam. Our lessons and quizzes can help you with questions on topics such as the causes of the war, Revolutionary leaders and the U.S. Constitution.

GACE Early Childhood Education: The American Revolution - Chapter Summary

Use our video lessons to help you prepare for questions on the American Revolution, its causes and the birth of a new country when you take the GACE Early Childhood Education exam. Our review can help you with topics such as:

  • Effects of the French and Indian War
  • The Sons of Liberty, resistance to British rule and the Boston Tea Party
  • Text, signers and impact of the Declaration of Independence
  • Important battles of the war
  • George Washington's leadership
  • The weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
  • The U.S. Constitution - how it was written and adopted and its structure

These lessons go over what you'll need to know to teach about the American Revolution in an elementary school classroom. You can move through the videos at your own pace, using the video tags to return to the lesson to review key passages. Study time can be anywhere you have access to a computer or mobile device and an Internet signal.

Objectives of the GACE Early Childhood Education: The American Revolution Chapter

In Georgia, teachers seeking certification to teach pre-k through fifth grade must pass the GACE Early Childhood Education exam. The exam contains two tests, and questions on the topics examined by this chapter's lessons are on test I, in the social studies subarea. This subarea accounts for 25% of the test's total score.

The GACE Early Childhood Education exam is administered on computer, and all questions in the social studies subarea are multiple-choice. This is the same format as the quizzes that accompany each of our lessons. In addition to providing practice in answering questions of this type, the quizzes let you see where you might need further study prior to exam time.

13 Lessons in Chapter 10: GACE Early Childhood Education: The American Revolution
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The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

1. The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

In the mid-1700s, the Seven Years' War involved all of the world's major colonial powers on five continents. The biggest fight was between France and Great Britain, and the victor would come away with control of North America.

Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

2. Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

In 1763, British Prime Minister George Grenville passed new legislation aimed at solving some of the empire's problems stemming from the French and Indian War. The colonists cried, 'Taxation without representation is tyranny!' They organized boycotts, the Sons of Liberty and the Stamp Act Congress until some of the new taxes were lifted.

The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

3. The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress

Three years of calm followed the Boston Massacre and the repeal of most Townshend duties. But no sooner had Parliament passed a new tax on tea than the colonies were in an uproar again about taxation without representation. What followed were the Boston Tea Party and the fateful last steps leading to war.

The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

4. The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

After 12 years of tension and fighting, the colonists and their leaders were ready to declare themselves a new country, independent of Great Britain. This lesson examines the motives, the text, and the legacy of America's Declaration of Independence.

Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

5. Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

Following the Boston Tea Party, Massachusetts was placed under the command of the British army. Rumors of a rebellion led to an attempted raid on the militia's arsenal. The events that followed at Lexington and Concord touched off the American Revolution.

George Washington's Leadership at Trenton, Saratoga & Valley Forge

6. George Washington's Leadership at Trenton, Saratoga & Valley Forge

After a series of setbacks in 1776, George Washington's leadership of the Continental Army helped America turn the tide of the war in three pivotal locations, prompting France to recognize the United States as a nation and an ally.

The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

7. The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

After the unsuccessful Southern Strategy, General Cornwallis pulled his army up to Yorktown, Virginia. A combined effort by the armies and navies of America and France resulted in British surrender and the 1783 Treaty of Paris that recognized the United States of America.

The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

8. The Articles of Confederation and the Northwest Ordinance

The Articles of Confederation was the new nation's founding document, but the government established under the Articles was too weak. The new central government had no way of raising revenue and no ability to enforce the commitments made by the states. The Northwest Ordinance paved the way for the growth of the new nation.

Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

9. Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

The Articles of Confederation were too weak to create an effective government for the new nation. In this lesson, discover how Shays' Rebellion proved that the national government needed to strengthen.

The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

10. The Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise

The Constitutional Convention was intended to amend the Articles of Confederation. Instead, those in attendance set out to found a republic (the likes of which had never been seen), which is still going strong well over 200 years later. To accomplish this task, compromises had to be made. The Great Compromise designed the bicameral congress the U.S. has today.

The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

11. The 3 Branches of Government: Executive, Legislative, Judicial

In 1787, leaders from each of the states gathered to write the United States Constitution. The Constitution sets out how our nation is governed and creates a system that separates powers between different branches. This lesson explores the three branches of our federal government.

The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

12. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.

The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

13. The Bill of Rights: The Constitution's First 10 Amendments

The Bill of Rights was pivotal in getting the U.S. Constitution ratified. More importantly, the Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of every citizen of the United States in a way that is nearly unequaled.

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