Module 5-Social Studies 5A - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module students will learn about life in this nation after the Revolutionary War in particular how women were affected. Students will learn about George Washington and his presidency. Students will learn about the early years of Ben Franklin and about Ben Franklin's many contributions to the development of the United States. Students will learn about the Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea. Students will learn about Tecumseh. Students will learn about The War of 1812. Students will learn about Andrew Jackson's presidency as well as the continued struggle between the Native Americans and the American government.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Peace and Equality pen or pencil;
2 The Branches of Government pen or pencil;
3 George Washington pen or pencil;
4 Benjamin Franklin: Early Years pen or pencil;
5 Benjamin Franklin: Early Accomplishments pen or pencil
aluminum foil or tissue paper
6 Benjamin Franklin: Later Life pen or pencil;
7 Thomas Jefferson and the Movement West pen or pencil;
8 Native American Involvement pen or pencil;
9 The Fight for Land pen or pencil;
10 A New Nation pen or pencil;

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Peace and Equality
  1. Understand the role key figures played in getting the nation started after the Revolutionary War.
  2. Describe life in America immediately following the Revolutionary War.
2 The Branches of Government
  1. Explain the difference between the views of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists in regards to the Constitution.
  2. Explain the importance of the Preamble to the Constitution.
  3. Describe governmental structure as defined in the Constitution.
  4. Summarize the process of amending the Constitution.
  5. Explain what is meant by a system of "checks and balances."
3 George Washington
  1. Describe George Washington's role as America's first President.
  2. List the people and their roles who assisted George Washington in running the new nation.
4 Benjamin Franklin: Early Years
  1. Describe the contributions of Benjamin Franklin to America.
  2. Describe Benjamin Franklin's early life.
5 Benjamin Franklin: Early Accomplishments
  1. Explain Ben Franklin's role in discovering electricity.
6 Benjamin Franklin: Later Life
  1. List and describe the contributions of Ben Franklin to America in his later life.
7 Thomas Jefferson and the Movement West
  1. Describe Thomas Jefferson's importance to the exploration of the western part of America.
  2. Explain the importance of the Louisiana territory and the Louisiana Purchase.
  3. Study the route that Lewis and Clark took and the role Sacagawea played in their expedition.
8 Native American Involvement
  1. Explain the influence of Tecumseh on the Native Americans of his time.
  2. Recount the story of the Prophet, Tecumseh's brother, Tenskwatawa.
9 The Fight for Land
  1. Explain the reasons for fighting the War of 1812.
  2. Describe what happened in New Orleans after the War of 1812 was over.
  3. Recount the rules for the appearance of the American flag.
10 A New Nation
  1. Understand the role that Andrew Jackson played in the removal of Native Americans from their land while opening more land for white settlers.
  2. Describe John Ross and his attempts to help the Cherokee.
  3. Explain the Trail of Tears and the legend of the Cherokee Rose.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
Paris Peace Treaty of 1783
Mercy Otis Warren
Phillis Wheatley
Abigail Adams
Declaration of Independence
Benjamin Franklin
John Adams
John Jay
Articles of Confederation
Constitution of the United States of America
Bill of Rights
George Washington
Poor Richard's Almanac
Lewis and Clark
Thomas Jefferson
Louisiana territory
Louisiana Purchase
War of 1812
Governor Harrison
James Madison
Dolley Madison
Fort McHenry
The Star Spangled Banner
Andrew Jackson
Battle of New Orleans
Trail of Tears

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title

Learning Coach Notes:


Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Peace and Equality
  1. What was the Paris Peace Treaty of 1783?
  2. How did life change for the colonists after the war?
  3. Who was Mercy Otis Warren?
  4. Who was Phillis Wheatley?
  5. Who was Abigail Adams?
The Branches of Government
  1. What were the Articles of Confederation?
  2. What happened at the Constitutional Convention?
  3. What did the Federalists believe?
  4. What did the Anti-Federalists believe?
  5. Why was the Constitution created?
  6. What is the purpose of the Constitution?
  7. What are the 3 branches of government?
  8. Why were 3 branches of government created?
  9. What is the job of each branch of government?
  10. What is the Bill of Rights?
George Washington
  1. Who was George Washington, and what was his contribution to America?
Benjamin Franklin: Early Years
  1. Who was Ben Franklin, what were his early accomplishments?
Benjamin Franklin: Early Accomplishments
  1. What were some of Ben Franklin’s greatest accomplishments?
Benjamin Franklin: Later Life
  1. How did Ben Franklin help shape our nation?
Thomas Jefferson and the Movement West
  1. Who was Thomas Jefferson?
  2. What were some of his greatest accomplishments?
  3. What was the impact of the Louisiana Purchase on The United States?
  4. Who were Lewis and Clark?
  5. How did Lewis and Clark prepare for their expedition?
  6. How did the Indians receive Lewis and Clark on their travels?
  7. Who was Sacagawea?
Native American Involvement
  1. What was the last Great American Indian Confederacy?
  2. Who was Chief Tecumseh?
  3. Who was Tenskwatawa?
The Fight for Land
  1. What was the cause of The War of 1812?
  2. Who was the president during the War of 1812?
  3. Who was involved in the War of 1812, and what was the end result?
  4. What is the story behind “The Star-Spangled Banner”?
  5. What was the resolution Congress passed about the American Flag in 1777?
A New Nation
  1. Who was Andrew Jackson?
  2. What was Andrew Jackson’s role in The War of 1812?
  3. What were Andrew Jackson’s opinions on Native Americans?
  4. What was Jackson’s Presidency like?
  5. What was The Trail of Tears?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
The Branches of Government America’s Founding Documents
  1. What is Washington D.
  2. C.
  3. What 3 documents are our government based on?
  4. What do the documents outline?
  5. What is a document?
  6. What was the Declaration of Independence?
  7. Why was it created?
  8. What was the purpose and outcome of the First Continental Congress?
  9. Who were the loyalists?
  10. Who were the patriots?
  11. What was the purpose and outcome of the Second Continental Congress?
  12. Who was the commander and chief of the American Army?
  13. Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?
  14. Who was the father of the constitution?
  15. What are the group of men that helped write the constitution called?
  16. What is the legislative branch?
  17. What is the judicial branch?
  18. What is the executive branch?
  19. Who is the head of the executive branch?
  20. What is the electoral college, and how does it work?
  21. What is the Bill of Rights, and why was it created?
  22. What are the original 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights?
Benjamin Franklin: Early Years Ben Franklin
  1. What was Ben Franklin’s early life like?
  2. What are some things he accomplished in his early years?
Benjamin Franklin: Early Accomplishments Ben Franklin
  1. What are some of Ben Franklin’s greatest accomplishments?
Benjamin Franklin: Later Life Ben Franklin Hero of American History
  1. Name 5 of Ben Franklin’s greatest accomplishments.
Thomas Jefferson and the Movement West The Louisiana Purchase
  1. What was the Louisiana Purchase?
  2. How did it impact The United States?
  3. What was purchased?
Thomas Jefferson and the Movement West Lewis and Clark
  1. What was the goal of Lewis and Clark’s Expedition?
  2. What were some of their discoveries?
  3. What were some things they learned about our country on their expedition?
Thomas Jefferson and the Movement West Sacagawea: Interpreter and Guide, Aids Lewis and Clark
  1. How did Sacagawea help Lewis and Clark?
Native American Involvement Chief Tecumseh Leads the Great American Indian Confederacy
  1. What was Thomas Jefferson’s plan to acquire more land?
  2. Who did he put in charge of this plan?
  3. What was the response of the Native Americans?
  4. What did Tecumseh do?
  5. What was Tecumseh’s position on land?
  6. What conflict occurred?
A New Nation Jackson’s Presidency
  1. Why did Jackson relate to the common people?
  2. What were his views on government?
  3. What did the people want from the government?
  4. What happened under Jackson’s presidency?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 A Voice of Her Own: Candlewick Biographies: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet Kathryn Lasky 940L
2 A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution Betsy Maestro AD920L
3 George Washington: His Legacy Of Faith, Character, And Courage Demi
4 Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin Gene Barretta 640L
5 Who Was Ben Franklin? Dennis Brindell Fradin 600L
6 Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything Maira Kalman 780L
7 What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? Judith St. George 860L
8 How We Crossed The West: The Adventures Of Lewis And Clark Rosalyn Schanzer 890L
9 Sacagawea: American Pathfinder Flora Warren Seymour 720L
10 The Town that Fooled the British: A War of 1812 Story Lisa Papp 660L
11 Mr. Madison's War: Causes and Effects of the War of 1812 Kassandra Kathleen Radomski 820L
12 Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears Cornelia Cornelissen 650L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing
1 Visit a Native American Historical center or museum to learn more about Native American history.