• 8th grade US History begins with the coming of Christopher Columbus and the European explorers to the Americas, and ends with the period known as Reconstruction which followed the Civil War.  In high school students will take part two of US History, picking up where we left off and continuing to the present day.  In addition, this year we also take a very brief look at Career Planning as students get a chance to anticipate high school, college or vocational training, and possible careers.  The following is a brief syllabus or overview of the history units we will study:

    Unit 1 - New Empires

       Topics include European Exploration and rivalry for colonies in the Americas and the exchange between Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

    Unit 2 - The English Colonies

       Topics include a study of the similarities and differences of life in the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies

    Unit 3 - The American Revolution

       Topics include exploring how British policies and actions toward the American colonies led to America's struggle for independence

    Unit 4 - Forming a Government & Constitution

       Topics include the Articles of Confederation; Writing a new constitution; the Constitution; understanding the Bill of Rights

    Unit 5 - Launching the Nation

       Topics include the washington, Adams, and Jefferson administrations

    Unit 6 - War, expansion, & National Identity

       Topics include the War of 1812, the acquisition of Florida,  and the Monroe Doctrine

    Unit 7 - The Age of Jackson

       Topics include Indian Removal and democracy's expansion and contraction under President Jackson

    Unit 8 - The West

       Topics include Manifest Destiny, the Texas war for Independence, the Mexican-American War, and the California Gold Rush

    Unit 9 - The North

       Topics include the Industrial Revolution and the Transportation Revolution

    Unit 10 - The South

       Topics include the agricultural economy 

    Unit 11 - Slavery in the U.S.

       Topics include slave culture and resistance; the spread of slavery west

    Unit 12 - Reform Movements

       Topics include the Abolition Movement and the movement for Women's Rights

    Unit 13- A Divided Nation

       Topics include sectionalism, the states' rights doctrine, and the events leading to civil war

    Unit 14 - The Civil War

       Topics include a comparison of the Union and the Confederacy; key battles and events of the Civil War

    Unit 15 - Reconstruction

       Topics include the major Reconstruction plans; the Reconstruction amendments; the legacy of Reconstruction



     Coursework will be a blend of reading, writing, lecture, story telling, studying historical documents, discussion, research, and tests.  Students should be prepared to work hard. 

    Grades are based on classwork and quizzes (50%); tests (40%); homework (10%).

    Please have all necessary supplies with you every day: your history notebook; your textbook and workbook; pens and pencils; your planner.