• 8th Grade Social Studies

    U.S. History

    The 8th Grade U.S. History course is designed to provide students the opportunity to study the United States" economic, social, and political development as well as its geography. Subject matter includes accounts of significant events, issues, and conflicts from the arrival of the first Americans through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The content further reflects America"s multicultural nature, where men and women of differing racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and traditions, speaking various languages, came together in a new land to build a republic. Geographic and economic studies include the physical and political landscape of the nation, the interaction between people and their environment, and American economic development.


    PreAP U.S. History

    PreAP U.S. History is designed to prepare students for success in Advanced Placement Social Studies courses at the high school level. Students enhance their ability to interpret history through the analysis of primary documents, investigation of multiple perspectives from significant historical figures, and engagement in activities designed to foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will be called upon to write essays based on historical evidence, and they will use the process of historical inquiry to investigate important events, recurring dilemmas, and persistent issues in the early history of the United States. Students will also delve into American beliefs and the principles of the foundation of American government.


    American Discoveries

    The American Discoveries class further provides the opportunity for identified gifted/talented students to study the interplay of literary and fine arts with the events of American history while meeting the requirements of the PreAp U.S. History course. Students will analyze art, music, literature, architecture, geography, culture, government, and folklore contemporary to the units studied. In addition, American Discoveries provides opportunities for extensions in divergent thinking activities as students examine historical issues and events from the early years of the United States as well as American beliefs and the principles of the foundation of American government.

    This course satisfies both the 8th Grade English and History requirements.


    First Six Weeks – Settlement

              location / description of major physical features
              exploration of N. America & effect on native cultures
              founding of the 13 colonies
              development of regional differences
              origins of American democracy

    Second Six Weeks
    – Independence

              development of an American identity
              causes of the American Revolution
              events leading to the Revolutionary War
              ideas reflected in the Declaration of Independence
              characteristics of the Articles of Confederation

    Third Six Weeks – Experimentation

              ideas addressed at the Constitutional Convention
              ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
              structure and function of the branches of government
              responsibilities and rights of citizens
              the Washington and Adams administrations
              the formation of political parties

    Fourth Six Weeks – Democracy

              the Age of Jefferson  (Jefferson, Madison)
              impact of the Industrial Revolution  (Monroe)
              the Age of Jackson  (JQAdmas - Tyler)

    Fifth Six Weeks – Resolve

              territorial growth of the U.S.  (Polk)
              trends in American art and literature
              growth of social reform movements
              Texas annexation and war with Mexico
              social and economic differences between the states

    Sixth Six Weeks – Conflict

              causes of sectionalism and war  (Taylor - Lincoln)
              key events of the Civil War
              effects of the Civil War
              the difficulty of Reconstruction  (Johnson - Hayes)

Last Modified on August 18, 2016