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This 14 day complete unit covers the political and economic developments of the early years of the new American Republic, from the Washington through the Jackson presidencies. Besides the political histories of these various administrations, the unit also covers the War of 1812. This is a “warts and all” examination of this period of history; it is both a story of triumph and tragedy as well as one of heroes and villains – some of whom were both, depending on how one looks at them.
This unit is based upon and complements my textbook “We Take Nothing by Conquest”
, and is designed for both the novice and experienced classroom teacher as it contains everything needed for the full course. These materials – all of which have been battle-tested in the crucible of my own 8th grade classroom - include:
*a 53 page Teacher’s Guide which provides day-by-day and step-by-step instructions how to teach the unit and use all of the materials;
*36 pages of informative and interesting text, divided into seven chapters (the complete seventh unit of the textbook);
*an inquiry based study guide for each chapter to focus students on the main points and supporting details;
*quizzes for each chapter;
*PowerPoints with answers to the study guides for review, and including pictures and maps to stimulate discussion and enhance understanding;
*a Cloze activity for one of chapter;
*a PowerPoint Quiz Show on the Road to the War of 1812;
*in class activities focusing on the differences between the first political parties, and the expansion of suffrage for white males;
*an Election of 1800 Campaign Poster project, complete with instructions and a sample poster;
*a PowerPoint Quiz Show review game;
*a test prep study guide;
*and a unit test (with answers).
Answer keys and grading guides for all study guides, activities, quizzes, and project are included in the Teacher’s Guide. Materials are provided as word documents and PDFs in one zip file.
This unit is part one of three thematic units covering the period between the creation of the Republic and the start of the Civil War which nearly tore it apart. While this unit covers the political developments of 1788-1836, the companion unit ”Westward Ho!”
covers the country’s geographic expansion to the Pacific Ocean in fulfilling its “Manifest Destiny” during that same time period, and the companion unit ”Wolf by the Ears”
covers the conflict over the spread of slavery which directly resulted from that expansion, and which eventually led to the bombardment on Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil War. All three units are combined in one bundle
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