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CCS 4th Grade Social Studies

Ride of Paul Revere

Warn the colonists of the British attack, April 16, 1775

Battles of Lexington and Concord

First battles of the American Revolution."Shot heard around the World"began the war

Second Continental Congress (May 10, 1775)

Met to petition the King for rights, created an Army, named Washington to lead the Army.

Battle of Bunker Hill

Happened on Breed's hill, British victory, they lost half their men.Colonists gained confidence

Washington Crossing the Delaware(Victory at Trenton)

Surprise attach on the Hessians, first colonial victory

Battle of Saratoga

October 1777, turning point in the war, colonists won the battle, now allies with the French

Winter in Valley Forge

Washington's army camped here, brutal winter, few supplies, showed endurance of the army

War in the South

Change in tactics, led by Francis Merion, allowed new ways to attack British

Battle of Yorktown

October 1781, Washington defeated Cornwallis, final battle of American Revolution.

George Washington

Leader of the army, elected at the 2nd Continental Congress in May 1775.

Thomas Paine

Known for writing the document: Common Sense

Benjamin Franklin

Attended the 2nd Continental Congress, great thinker

Thomas Jefferson

Wrote the Declaration of Independence

John Adams

Nominated George Washington to be the Commander of the Army, presented the idea of an Army to the 2nd Continental Congress

Benedict Arnold

A traitor, was a patriot and during the war switched to the side of Great Britain.

Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776)

Document signed by the members of the 2nd Continental Congress declaring independence from Great Britian.

Articles of Confederation, 1775

Document signed which was the United States of America's first attempt in establishing laws in the country

Constitution(written by James Madison), 1787

Document written in which is the foundation of laws for the government of the United States of America.

Bill of Rights, 1791

Document that added the first ten amendments to the US Constitution, guaranteeing citizens specific rights.

Common Sense

Document written by Thomas Paine that urged colonists to join the Patriot cause. Inspired to declare independence.


A formal written request signed by several people


A nation that has promised to help another nation in wartime (France helped the USA)

Guerrilla warfare

Unconventional tactics using the natural surroundings as an advantage in combat, often hit and run, or ambush


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