Ch 4: WEST History: The American Revolution

About This Chapter

Check what you know or learn new facts about the American Revolution using our video lessons and quizzes. You can expect to find questions addressing this topic when you take the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam.

WEST History: The American Revolution - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will address major events, battles and historical figures of the American Revolution. Short but detailed videos define American and British roles, legislation and events leading up to the war. Once you have successfully viewed these lessons, you should possess the following abilities that will help you take the WEST History exam:

  • Identifying early confrontations that marked the beginning of the American Revolution
  • Describing diplomatic efforts to solve the problems between the colonies and Great Britain
  • Understanding how the fight turned from a defense of rights to total independence
  • Detailing the creation of the Declaration of Independence
  • Defining the stances of British Loyalists and American Patriots
  • Noting major battles in which colonists were led by George Washington
  • Summarizing the Battle of Yorktown that marked the end of the American Revolution
  • Providing details about the Treaty of Paris

Once you have viewed the lessons in their entirety, you can use the timeline feature to watch parts of the videos in which you feel you need further review. Self-assessment quizzes at the end of each lesson allow you to practice taking the actual WEST History exam by utilizing the same multiple choice question format you will encounter on the exam.

WEST History: The American Revolution - Chapter Objectives

The WEST History exam is used to measure your knowledge of U.S. and world history in addition to social studies concepts. In The American Revolution chapter, you will have the opportunity to review material covering early U.S. history that is designed to help you answer questions about how the country gained its independence. These questions are found in the first competency area of the exam's first domain. The test is computer-based and contains 110 multiple-choice questions.

WEST exams are used in the state of Washington to certify teachers in basic content areas or to add endorsements to existing teaching certificates. The WEST History exam is an endorsement exam. As with other endorsement exams, those taking the WEST History exam must attain a passing score of at least 240.

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: WEST History: The American Revolution
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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.

The Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris

6. 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.

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