Academic Standard: Grade Level or Course

Fourth Grade: The History of America (to 1850)
Tennessee State Standards
Social Studies (2014-2019)
Grade Level or Course — Grade Level
Grade range: 
Educational Division = Primary Education

<p><strong>Content Strands:</strong> Many academic standards for social studies courses are categorized into <em>content strands</em> as indicated by letter codes. (C=Culture, E=Economics, G=Geography, H=History, P=Politics/Government, TN=Tennessee)</p>

Fourth grade students will learn about native civilizations in North America, European explorations to the New World during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and the political, economic, and social development of the British colonies in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. They will also study the early development of democratic institutions, including the ideas and events that led to the independence of the original thirteen colonies and the formation of a national government under the Constitution. In addition, they will examine the history of Tennessee parallel to the development of the United States and how our state impacted our nation and the world. The purpose of fourth grade social studies is to give students their first concentrated study of the formative years of United States and Tennessee history, utilizing primary source documents, geographic tools, research, analysis, and critical thinking.
Elements within this Grade Level or Course
The Land and People before European Exploration
Age of Exploration (15th-16th Centuries)
Settling the Colonies to The 1700s
The War for Independence (1760-1789)
Creating a New Government
The New Nation's Westward Expansion (1790-1830)
The Growth of The Republic (1800-1850)