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.