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Growth of the New Nation

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Standards 4.43-4.53

The New Nation’s Westward Expansion (1790-1830)

Students trace the colonization, immigration, and settlement patterns of the American people from 1789 to the mid-1800s.

4.43 Describe the events, precedents, and successes of the presidency of George Washington and list his cabinet members. (H)

4.44 Explain the purpose for creating the federal district of Washington D.C., including the role of Pierre L’Enfant. (H)

4.45 Label and locate the Territory South of the River Ohio (Southwest Territory) on a map, identify its leaders, and explain how it was the first step to statehood, including William Blount, John Sevier, Rocky Mount, and the Treaty of Holston. (G, P, TN)

4.46 Write an opinion piece using supporting detail explaining the political beliefs of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson leading to the political parties. (H, P)

4.47 Detail the events, struggles, success and main people of the exploration of the Louisiana Purchase and map the routes across the continent, including the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, Zebulon Pike, and John Frémont. (G, H, P)

4.48 Use concrete words, phrases, and sensory details to convey the experiences of settlers on the overland trails to the West, including location of the routes; purpose of the journeys; the influence of the terrain, rivers, vegetation, and climate. (C, E, G)

4.49 Explain the causes, course, and consequences of the War of 1812, including: (H, P)

  • trade restrictions
  • impressment
  • war hawks
  • Tecumseh
  • Tippecanoe
  • William Henry Harrison
  • burning of Washington D.C.
  • Francis Scott Key
  • Dolly Madison
  • Battle of New Orleans
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4.50 Interpret the meaning of the lyrics of the song “The Star-Spangled Banner.” (P)

4.51 Analyze and describe the role of Tennessee in the War of 1812, including: (H, TN)

4.52 Write a short story with supporting text describing the effects of the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12 on the land and people of Tennessee. (G, H, TN)
4.53 Write a narrative piece summarizing life on the frontier of Tennessee and reasons why pioneers moved west, including: (C, G, H, P, TN)

Standards 8.38-8.45

Growth of the Young Nation (1789-1849)

Students analyze the aspirations and ideals of the people of the new nation.

8.38 Describe daily life — including traditions in art, music, and literature — of early national America by examining excerpts from the stories of Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper. (C, H, P)

8.39 Identify the leaders and events and analyze the impact of western expansion to the development of Tennessee statehood, including: (G, H, P, TN)

8.40 Analyze the role played by John Marshall in strengthening the central government, including the key decisions of the Supreme Court - Marbury v. Madison, Gibbons v. Ogden, and McCulloch v. Maryland. (H, P)

8.41 Explain the major events of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency, including his election in 1800, Louisiana Purchase, the defeat of the Barbary pirates, and the Embargo Act. (E, G, H)

8.42 Analyze the impact of the Lewis and Clark Expedition by identifying the routes on a map, citing evidence from their journals. (C, E, G, H)

Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Read: excerpts from the journals of Lewis and Clark; excerpts from decision in Marbury vs. Madison, John Marshall

Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Consider: excerpts from John Marshall’s decisions in Gibbons v. Ogden and McCulloch v. Maryland; excerpts from “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, Washington Irving; excerpts from The Deerslayer series, James Fenimore Cooper

The United States’ Role on the World Stage (1789-1849)

Students analyze United States foreign policy in the early Republic.

8.43 Explain the causes, course, and consequences of the War of 1812, including the major battles, leaders, events and role of Tennessee: (E, H, P, TN)

  • Impressment
  • War Hawks
  • Henry Clay
  • Burning of Washington
  • Fort McHenry
  • William Henry Harrison
  • Tecumseh
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Battle of Horseshoe Bend
  • Battle of New Orleans
8.44 Identify on a map the changing boundaries of the United States, including the Convention of 1818 and Adams-Onis Treaty. (G, P)
8.45 Analyze the relationship the United States had with Europe, including the influence of the Monroe Doctrine (E, G, P)
Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Read: excerpts from The Monroe Doctrine