Posted by: Ed Darrell | April 18, 2011

Social Studies TAKS review, 2011 – part 2

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 on July 4, during the Revolutionary War; English colonies announced as independent nations free from British rule
Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776, written by Thomas Jefferson, American colonies declared independence from England and justified their action to earn the support of people of the world; list of grievances against King George III
Thomas Jefferson Main author of the Declaration of Independence, 3rd President of U.S.; a “Renaissance Man.”
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 “No taxation without representation” the colonists said;  taxation without consent, no representation in Parliament, no trial by jury, quartering of British troops in colonists’ homes, standing armies, etc. – grievances were also 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 (“the shot heard ’round the world,” as Emerson wrote about it), Saratoga, Yorktown
George Washington Commander in Chief of Continental Army, 1st President of U.S., economic genius, known as “the Father of His Country.”  At his funeral, Washington was eulogized by Henry Lee as “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
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 predominated over any central government, weak national government – no standing army, no power to tax, no courts, no executive (president)

Remember to review all parts of TAKS requirements; here’s the list of reviews for the 2011 Social Studies Exit TAKS:


  1. I know almost all of them except the articles of conferderation i got it now.

  2. My weakess objecive is obj.5

    yessenia gomez 5th period

  3. My weakness objective is objective 4

  4. i have some weakness i forgot some stuff like the mayflower and all those stuff.
    i took the test and i got a 63. which is not goo at all. i really need help.
    -erica ibarra
    4th period.

  5. need help on objective 5!

    4th period

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