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Ch 11: SBA ELA - Grade 11: Analyzing US Historical Documents

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Give your student a primer in the key historical documents they are likely to encounter on the SBA Grade 11 ELA assessment. Ensure they put their best self forward on the assessments by assigning the chapter test and quizzes for valuable testing practice.

SBA ELA - Grade 11: Analyzing US Historical Documents - Chapter Summary

The historical documents from the early days of US history are the focus of an entire standard in the Common Core State Standards for grades 11-12, against which the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for English Language Arts (ELA) are designed to measure your student's achievements. This chapter on these foundational documents gets students used to the language of analysis and some background info on the documents themselves. In this chapter students will analyze:

  • The Declaration of Independence and the British reply
  • The Articles of Confederation and the Constitution
  • The Federalist Papers
  • The Bill of Rights
  • The Treaty of Paris
  • The Gettysburg Address and Emancipation Proclamation

Each lesson is very brief--only about 10 minutes long--but full of useful information and fun graphics to act as memory aids. Your student can take the lesson quizzes to see if they are ready to move on to the next subject or if they need more review. Assign the chapter test as homework to get an idea of how well your student is retaining the information over time.

SBA ELA - Grade 11: Analyzing US Historical Documents Chapter Objectives

The ELA portion of the 11th Grade SBA will help the school and state see how effective their education program has been in preparing your student for post-secondary-school college or career prospects. To ensure that your student gets the most accurate reading of their individual readiness possible, it is important to ensure they review key subjects they probably learned over several years of study. They can get that review here, at least so far as US Historical documents are concerned (see the other chapters for other ELA topics). These lessons have the added benefit of helping to continue the civic education of your student, ensuring the next generation is a conscious, critical electorate.

The principle area of the SBA for 11th Grade ELA which will assess your student's understanding of and ability to analyze historic US documents is the Informational portion of the Claim 1: Reading category. It is also possible that these topics will come up in other Performance Tasks related to research. Having your student spend just a little time each day in these and our other courses will help ensure a positive assessment experience.

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: SBA ELA - Grade 11: Analyzing US Historical Documents
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The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

1. The Declaration of Independence: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in U.S. History and led to the country's independence from Great Britain. In this lesson, we will review the main components of this important document.

British Reply to the Declaration: Summary & Analysis

2. British Reply to the Declaration: Summary & Analysis

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in United States history. Most of us know the charges against King George III. But what about his reaction? In this lesson, we will discuss his reply to the declaration.

The Articles of Confederation: Summary & Analysis

3. The Articles of Confederation: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the background leading to the Articles of Confederation. We will then summarize the different articles contained in the document and analyze their importance.

The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis

4. The Constitution of the United States: Summary & Analysis

The United States Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. In this lesson, we will summarize its components, including the preamble, articles, and its first ten amendments.

The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

5. The Bill of Rights: Summary & Analysis

Why do Americans have certain freedoms? This lesson reviews the events leading to the Bill of Rights. It also summarizes each of the ten amendments and analyzes the importance of each one.

The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

6. The Federalist Papers: Summary & Analysis

The Federalist Papers are one of the most important documents in American history. The letters played a large role in ratifying the Constitution by teaching the public why the Constitution was needed and what exactly it contained.

Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis

7. Treaty of Paris: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the Treaty of Paris and the events that led up to its signing. After summarizing the treaty, we will analyze its aftermath.

Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

8. Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

This lesson discusses the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in American history. Learn more about what Abraham Lincoln's speech means and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis

9. Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will discuss the background of the Civil War and the role of slavery. We will then define the Emancipation Proclamation, summarize its key points, and then analyze the effects that it had on the Civil War and the United States.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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