8.1 Students understand the major events preceding the founding of the nation
and relate their significance to the development of American constitutional
1. Describe the relationship between the moral and political ideas of the
Great Awakening and the development of revolutionary fervor.
2. Analyze the philosophy of government expressed in the Declaration of
Independence, with an emphasis on government as a means of securing
individual rights (e.g., key phrases such as "all men are created equal, that
they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights").
3. Analyze how the American Revolution affected other nations, especially
4. Describe the nation's blend of civic republicanism, classical liberal
principles, and English parliamentary traditions