• Callisburg MS 8th Grade U.S.HISTORY 2016-2017 Syllabus/ Supplies – Each student is expected to maintain an organized binder or a spiral notebook for U.S. History. If it’s a binder one of the tabs should be designated U.S. History and all work given to the student should be kept in the binder. In addition to the notebook the required supplies for 8th grade History include pens, pencils, map pencils, and wide-ruled notebook paper. All supplies must be brought to class every day.

    Grading Policies – Tests, Quizzes, and Major Projects count for 50% of a student’s six weeks average. Homework and Daily grades count 50%. There will be a total of two grades per week. Each marking period there will be two major grades. Late Work and Make-Up Work Policy – It is the responsibility of the student to ask about missed information and work and to notify parents that they will attend SWIM Camp. Test Retake Policy –Students can resubmit work in order to obtain a higher grade. If a student fails a test or other major assessment they will have an opportunity to retake the test to bring the test/project grade up to a 70%.A tutorial session must be attended in order to retake a test. 

    8th Grade U.S. History by Units

    Unit 1 Colonization
    The lessons in this unit are organized to help students understand the reasons for exploration and colonization of the thirteen colonies and the geographic influences on the development of the three colonial regions. An emphasis is placed on geography in the first unit to help students have knowledge of the geographic factors that influenced the uniquely American cultures and the economic, political, and social development of the colonies. Critical thinking skills will focus on making generalizations, and students are challenged with analytical thought processes by analyzing primary source documents of the colonial period.
     
    Unit 2 American Revolution
    The lessons in this unit are organized to help the students to understand what political, economic, and social factors led to the American Revolution and how the self-determination of the colonists led to victory. The unit begins with an examination of the economic and political causes of the Revolution. Throughout the unit the significant individuals of the Revolutionary Era are highlighted to show their contributions to the Revolutionary War. Critical thinking skills are emphasized as the students analyze and interpret the Declaration of Independence and practice the skills of problem solving, drawing conclusions and making inferences. Major battles are presented for the students to better understand the perseverance and self-determination the colonist exhibited to defeat the British.
     
    Unit 3 Constitution
    The lessons in this unit are organized to help the students to understand what political, economic, and social factors led to the abandonment of the Articles of Confederation and the need for the establishment of the United States Constitution. The unit will examine the Constitutional Convention and the contributions of the Enlightenment philosophers who influenced the structure and the function of the uniquely American Constitution. The lessons will examine the need for and the inclusion of the Bill of Rights and their connection to correcting the grievances of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout this unit critical thinking skills will be emphasized during the examination of the Constitution and the analysis of primary source documents.  
     
    Unit 4 The New Republic
    The lessons in this unit are organized to help the students to understand what political, economic, and social factors led to the establishment of a fledgling new American Republic based on the new Constitution. This unit will examine the first five Presidents of the new Republic starting with Washington’s precedents, the creation of the first political parties and the conflict over the establishment of the National Bank. Critical thinking skills will be emphasized in the examination of the domestic and foreign policies as well as the legacies of the first five American presidents through primary and secondary sources.
     
    Unit 5 A Westward Expanding Nation
    The lessons in this unit are organized to help the students to understand the westward expansion of the United States. The content focus is threefold: analyzing westward expansion and its effect on the political, economic, and social development of the nation, analyzing how political, economic and social factors led to the growth of sectionalism and the Civil War, and identifying the impact of science and technology on the development of the U.S.  This era, with its expansion into the West and the economic transformation, changed the ways Americans worked, where they lived, while simultaneously creating new opportunities and new social problems which requires students to grasp the interrelationships among the expansion and industrialization period of our nation’s history.
     
    Unit 6 Civil War and Reconstruction
    The lessons in this unit were organized to help students understand the causes of the Civil War, the major events of the war, and the significance of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments. The unit unfolds with an emphasis on the sectional differences of the North and South before the war. Through lessons designed to engage the students, teachers have an opportunity to develop the students’ understanding on the political dilemmas and the compromises of the times. By probing deeply into the sectional differences, students are challenged with analytical thought through primary source document analysis. Many activities throughout the unit focus on the military campaigns, political and military leaders, and the strong convictions on both sides.