Posted by: Ed Darrell | April 29, 2010

Exit Level Social Studies TAKS Review, Part II: American Revolution

Courtesy of George Blair’s site to assist students at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas — from his Big Stick Social Studies site, with a few edits — a review of things you need to know for U.S. history for the period of time surrounding the American Revolution, part of the eighth grade curriculum which juniors are expected to remember and will be tested on.  This should help get you through the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for Social Studies (11th grade, or Exit Level):

II.  American Revolutionary Period

1776 Declaration of Independence signed, start of Revolutionary War, United States established as an independent nation
Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776, written by Thomas Jefferson, American colonies declare independence from England, list of grievances against King George III
Thomas Jefferson Main author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of U.S.
Unalienable right Right/privilege which, according to the Declaration of Independence, cannot be taken away, these include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (and property)
Colonial grievances Taxation without consent, no representation, no trial by jury, quartering troops, standing armies, etc. – addressed by Constitution & Bill of Rights
Revolution Armed rebellion, uprising against the government or authority, a period of great change
Independence Free from influence or control of other nations, sovereign
American Revolution War for U.S. Independence, 1775 – 1783, major battles – Lexington & Concord, Saragota, Yorktown
George Washington Commander in Chief of Continental Army, 1st President of U.S.
Confederation An alliance of states where states have the majority of the power and retain their sovereignty
Articles of Confederation First government of United States from 1781 – 1788, state sovereignty, weak national government – no standing army, no power to tax, no courts, no executive


  1. what up Mr. Darrell

  2. Hey! Glad to see you here, Fernando!

    Just answering questions. How’s your review coming tonight?

  3. wassup Mr. Darrell, just letting you know i was here

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