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Below is a sample breakdown of the Virginia Dynasty chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Jefferson's presidency||The election of 1800, the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the First Barbary War and the Embargo Act of 1807|
|Tuesday||Madison's presidency||The Battle of Tippecanoe, the War of 1812, the Treaty of Ghent and the Era of Good Feelings|
|Wednesday||Monroe's presidency||The Rush-Bagot Treaty, the Missouri Compromise and the Monroe Doctrine|
|Thursday||Marshall's landmark court decisions||Marbury v. Madison, Fletcher v. Peck and McCulloch v. Maryland|
|Friday||Economic growth and education reforms||Transportation developments, the factory system, the cotton gin and steel plow, public schools and land-grant institutions|
1. President Jefferson's Election and Jeffersonian Democracy
The presidential election of 1800 was a rematch between President John Adams and Vice President Thomas Jefferson. An electoral tie between Jefferson and his running mate forced the House of Representatives to decide. The election inaugurated 24 years of political dominance for the Democratic-Republican Party.
2. Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More
Thomas Jefferson is often noted as one of the best presidents in history. In our lesson, learn about some of President Jefferson's many famous domestic accomplishments and the controversy surrounding most of them.
3. Barbary Pirates, Napoleonic Wars and Embargo of 1807
Throughout President Jefferson's two terms in office, his foreign policy revolved around war in Europe. Despite his attempts to remain neutral, American ships were drawn into conflict that demanded the president's response.
4. President Madison and the War of 1812
Though often overlooked in the annals of American history, the War of 1812 was really a landmark event for a young nation finding its footing amidst a global power struggle. Watch our lesson to follow President James Madison and the War of 1812 into the inky shadows of history.
5. James Madison After the War of 1812: The Era of Good Feelings
What do African pirates, American highways and British forts all have in common? President Madison paid attention to all of them in the 'Era of Good Feelings.'
6. James Monroe's Presidency: The Monroe Doctrine
Can you imagine a time when there was only one political party in the United States? Find out why James Monroe was one of the nation's most popular presidents during his lifetime and learn about his foreign policy that endured for nearly a century.
7. John Marshall's Supreme Court During the Virginia Dynasty
Think old Supreme Court cases don't relate to your life today? Under the leadership of Chief Justice John Marshall, the Supreme Court made many landmark decisions that shaped the American judicial system - including the rights of citizens - and affect the most important cases in the country to this day.
8. Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations
Find out how and why America's population grew tremendously in the first part of the 1800s. Then, learn how America became a market economy and added new transportation routes.
9. American Industrialization: Factory System and Market Revolution
New agricultural technology revolutionized the North, South and West. In this lesson, learn how that technology ushered in the Market Revolution in America.
10. Education in Early America: Birth of Public Schools and Universities
During the early and mid-1800s, education reformers pushed to establish free public schools throughout the U.S. Their efforts also led to the establishment of American universities and the first generation of American writers.
11. Henry Clay and the Missouri Compromise of 1820
In 1819, Missouri applied for statehood, threatening to tip the balance of senatorial power in favor of the slave states. Find out how Henry Clay resolved the matter for the next 30 years.
12. War of 1812: Causes & Effects
In this lesson, you'll examine the events that led to the War of 1812, as well as the effects that the war had on a young American nation. Then, you'll be able to test your understanding with a short quiz.
13. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803: Summary, Facts & Importance
This lesson discusses the Louisiana Purchase. Learn more about the most important real estate deal in American history and how it influenced the growth of the United States. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.
14. Missouri Compromise of 1820: Terms, Summary & Definition
The Missouri Compromise passed Congress in 1820. It admitted Missouri to the Union as a slave state and barred slavery from the Louisiana Territory north of the 36°30' parallel.
15. Monroe Doctrine: Definition, Purpose & Summary
The Monroe Doctrine is a foreign policy statement created in 1823. In this lesson, you'll learn about the doctrine's main points and how it was interpreted and applied over the following century.
16. History of The Star-Spangled Banner
Today we sing The Star-Spangled Banner as the National Anthem of the United States. But it wasn't originally a song; learn its unique history and tradition in this lesson.
17. Presidential Election of 1800: Candidates, Summary & Significance
In this lesson, you'll learn about the candidates who ran for president in 1800, the issues that divided them, the historical significance of the election, and why this election was termed the 'Revolution of 1800.'
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