• 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 eight units we will study:

    Unit 1 - Colonizing America

       Topics include European Exploration and the exchange between Europe, Africa, and the Americas; the 13 British Colonies; the French and Indian War

    Unit 2 - Revolutionary America

       Topics include Events leading to War with Britain; American Revolution; Declaration of Independence

    Unit 3 - Creating a Nation

       Topics include the Articles of Confederation; Writing a new Constitution; the Constitution; the Washington and Adams Administrations

    Unit 4 - A New Nation

       Topics include the Jefferson Era and the Jackson Era

    Unit 5 - A Growing Nation

       Topics include Westward Expansion (Manifest Destiny); the War with Mexico; California Gold Rush

    Unit 6 - A Changing Nation

       Topics include the Industrial Revolution; Growth of Slavery

    Unit 7 - A Dividing Nation

       Topics include Sectionalism; Failure of Compromise

    Unit 8 - A Nation Breaks Apart

       Topics include the Civil War and Reconstruction


    For 6th grade World History, we focus on the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt & Kush, India, China, the Hebrews and Judaism, the ancient and classical Greeks and Romans, the rise of Christianity, and Mesoamertioca.  Here is a brief overview of the units we study:

    Unit 1 - Stone Age

       Topics include human adaption to environment and the rise of agriculture

    Unit 2 - Mesopotamia

       Topics include the characteristics of civilizations and ancient Sumer and Babylon

    Unit 3 - Egypt & Kush

       Topics include the connection of Egyptian civilization with the Nile

    Unit 4 - India

       Topics include beliefs and practices associated with Hinduism and Buddhism

    Unit 5 - China

       Topics include the many contributions from classical and post classical China and the development and importance of the Silk Road

    Unit 6 - The Hebrews & Judaism

       Topics include a comparison of Hebrew beliefs with those of other ancients

    Unit 7 - Ancient Greece

       Topics include the study of the varied achievements of the ancient Greeks in such fields as politics/government, mathematics, and the arts

    Unit 8 - The Greek World

       Topics include Athens and Sparta and the legacy of Alexander the Great

    Unit 9 - Roman Republic

       Topics include Rome's impact on the rule of law and Roman contributions to Western Civilization

    Unit 10 - Rome & Christianity

       Topics include a look at why Rome fell and the beginnings of Christianity

    Unit 11 - Mesoamerica

       Topics include a look at the Maya, the Aztec, and the Inca peoples of ancient America


     Coursework, for both 8th and 6th grades, 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; pens and pencils; your planner.