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From Colonies to Independence

Grade Level Grades K-2
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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From Colonies to Independence follows the evolution of the thirteen North American colonies, from their dependence on Great Britain to their victory in becoming an independent nation.

In 1776, Americans became the first people since the ancient Greeks to create a democratic government.. The Read Alouds in this unit allow students to journey with the colonists as they throw tea in Boston Harbor, sign the Declaration of Independence, and clash with the redcoats in the American Revolution. They meet Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and other patriots along the way.

In the nine chapters of From Colonies to Independence, students learn about the early years of our fledgling nation. They observe our battles with Britain, but more importantly, they witness the birth of a new political identity, achieved through the combined efforts of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and others. Students also learn about the establishment of Washington D.C. as our capital city, and about such key American symbols as the Stars and Stripes and the Liberty Bell


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., because).
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.


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