Ch 22: The American Revolution - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Review the story of the American Revolution by studying the video lessons in this chapter. The knowledge you glean should help you prepare for the history questions of the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test.

The American Revolution: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

To help you prepare for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test, the lessons of this chapter will thoroughly detail the events and social climate of the American Revolution. These videos might develop your knowledge of the following subjects:

  • The conflicts at Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill
  • The Second Continental Congress, the publication of Common Sense, and the goal of independence
  • History of the Declaration of Independence
  • American patriots and British loyalists
  • Military leadership of George Washington
  • John Paul Jones and the Revolutionary War naval battles
  • Loyalists in the southern colonies
  • The Battle of Yorktown and Britain's surrender
  • Impact of the American Revolution on society and the economy
  • The Second Great Awakening

If you have any questions while studying the brief video lessons in this chapter, you may ask our expert instructors for assistance. After viewing each lesson, be sure to take the self-assessment quizzes to practice answering history-based multiple-choice questions.

The American Revolution: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Objectives

The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test is meant for educators who hope to teach social science courses to middle school students. As such, this test is meant to determine how well you grasp pertinent concepts and facts that will prove beneficial when teaching a class.

Of the approximately 150 multiple-choice questions on the test, 50% focus on the history domain. One of the history objectives is to demonstrate a knowledge of developments in U.S. history through 1789. The test may question you on the causes and results of the Revolutionary War, as well as the evolution of American government. This chapter is meant to help you thoroughly review the history of the American Revolution to better prepare you for the content of the exam. The multiple-choice self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson will give you opportunities to practice answering questions in the same manner you will on the test.

10 Lessons in Chapter 22: The American Revolution - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
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Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

1. 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.

The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

2. The Second Continental Congress and Thomas Paine's Common Sense

1763 marked the beginning of the long road to revolution for the American colonies. By 1775, military actions had finally erupted. How were the colonists and their leaders going to respond?

The Declaration of Independence: Text, Signers and Legacy

3. 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.

British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

4. British Loyalists vs. American Patriots During the American Revolution

In this lesson, learn about the difficult decisions faced by individuals as the American Revolution erupted. Would you have been a Loyalist or a Patriot? Are you sure about that?

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

5. 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.

John Paul Jones and the Naval Battles of the Revolutionary War

6. John Paul Jones and the Naval Battles of the Revolutionary War

Naval battles in the American Revolution are something of a lost chapter in history. Find out about the world's first military submarine, the privateers of the Continental Navy, and the helpful actions of three foreign allies at sea.

Loyalists in the Southern Colonies at the End of the Revolutionary War

7. Loyalists in the Southern Colonies at the End of the Revolutionary War

After surrendering their northern army in the American Revolution, British leaders looked to the Southern Strategy. General Charles Cornwallis hoped that loyalist forces would hold territory so he could sweep north and end the war in Virginia.

The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

8. 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.

American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact

9. American Revolution: Social and Economic Impact

Learn about the impact of the Revolutionary War throughout the world, especially on various segments of American society. We'll look at political, social, and economic impacts.

The Second Great Awakening: Charles Finney and Religious Revival

10. The Second Great Awakening: Charles Finney and Religious Revival

The spirit of the Revolution led to changes in American churches in the post-war years. Beginning with a boom in evangelism and missionary work, the Second Great Awakening soon led to social reform, an intertwining of religious values with civic values, and a lasting emphasis on morality in daily life.

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