8th Grade: UNITED STATES
HISTORY I - PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS
History for grade 8 covers events and issues from the Age of
Exploration through Reconstruction and the western movement,
emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics covered will
include, but are not limited to exploration, colonization, the
Revolutionary War, constitutional issues, nation building, the Civil
War, Reconstruction, and the western movement.
Standards 1 and 2 should be integrated throughout the course rather
than taught independently. The remaining standards can be taught
either chronologically or thematically. Although the emphasis of
this course is on the 18th and 19th centuries, additional content
may be covered as time permits."
Social Studies Curriculum
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Students will interpret the role of geography in shaping United
Students will investigate the relationship between events of
different time periods
Students will understand the changes caused by European exploration
in the Americas.
Students will analyze European colonization and settlement of North
Students will understand the significance of the American Revolution
in the development of the United States.
Students will understand the structure and function of the United
States government established by the Constitution.
Students will explore the territorial growth of the United States
before the Civil War.
Louisiana Purchase, 1803
Removal, Extract from Andrew Jackson's Seventh Annual Message to
Congress, December 7, 1835
Destiny, John L. O’Sullivan, 1839
Declaration of the People of Texas, November 7, 1835
Declaration of Independence (March 2, 1836)
Treaty, June 15, 1846
Act, May 20, 1862
The American Indian as Participant in the
Civil War by Annie H. Abel
Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Library of Congress Collection
U.S. History Picture Collection
Students will examine the expansion of the political system and
social rights before the Civil War.
Students will understand the significance of the Civil War Era to
the United States.
Students will understand the development of the American West
following the Civil War.
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