American History

8th Grade American History SyllabusA.docx
8th Parentnewsletter.docx


Suggested Supplies:

     1. Composition book

     2.  pens/pencils, markers, and colored pencils are a plus

     3.  erasers and handheld pencil sharpeners

     4.  Positive Attitude :)

Why do we study history?

We learn our past to better our future! We learn about civilizations to know from where we've come. We learn about mistakes in the past so we don't repeat them. We learn about people who changed history to become better people ourselves. We study history because we can make a difference!

What will my child study in 8th Grade American History?
The state of Tennessee asks students to examine the geographic, political, economic, and the European exploration of North America, along with the geographic features that influenced early settlements and colonies. This course will emphasize the development and maturation of the British colonies, and the political, cultural, and economic influences that led to the American revolution.The major Events and outcomes of the American revolution will be analyzed, along with the individuals that played influential roles in the development of the new nation. Students will follow the development of the United States and its government, continuing through the early 19th century. The impact of the expansion of the United States will be analyzed, including implications on domestic and foreign policy.
Policies that affected the American Indians will also be studied. The events leading up to the Civil War will be examined, along with the individuals and events that were significant during the war.The history, people, government, and geography of Tennesseewillbeemphasized in order to illustrate the role our state has played in American history. Reconstruction and the development of the American West will conclude this course. Appropriate primary sources and informational texts will be included in order to enhance understanding of the content.

What are the units of study for this class?

Colonialism (1600-1750)
Development of a New Nation (1720-1787)
The Constitution and Foundation of the American Political System (1777-1789)
Growth of the Young Nation (1789-1849)
The United States’ Role on the World Stage (1789-1849)
The Sectionalism of the American North, South, and West (1800- 1850)
Slavery in America (1800-1850)
Civil War (1830-1865)
Reconstruction (1865-1877)
Westward Expansion after the Civil War (1865-1890)