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Course Description

Cherokee Middle School

Department of Social Studies

Grade 8




    Name:  Kevin Clinton






Course Objectives:  

Eighth grade students will study 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 majorevents 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 Tennessee will be emphasized 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.


Learning Outcomes:

Colonialism (1600-1750)

Students will understand the social, political, and economic reasons for the movement   

of people from Europe to the Americas, and they will describe the impact of    

colonization by

Europeans on American Indians and on the development of the land that eventually

Became the United States of America.

Development of a New Nation (1720-1787)

Students will understand the major events preceding the founding of the nation and

Relate their significance to the development of American Republic.

The Constitution  and Foundation of the American PoliticalSystem (1777-1789)

Students analyze the political principles underlying the Constitution, compare the   

enumerated and implied powers of the federal government, and understand the

foundation of the American political system and the ways in which citizens participate.



Growth of the Young Nation (1789-1849)

Students analyze the aspirations and ideals of the people of the new nation.

The United States’ Role on the World Stage (1789-1849)

Students analyze United States foreign policy in the early Republic.

Slavery in America (1800-1850)

Students analyze the growth of slavery and the resulting controversies.

Civil War (1830-1865)

Students analyze the multiple causes, key events, and complex consequences of the Civil


Reconstruction (1865-1877)

Students analyze the character and lasting consequences of Reconstruction.

Westward Expansion after the Civil War (1865-1890)

Students analyze the social, political, and economic transformation of America as result

of westward expansion.


Course Topics:  

First Nine Weeks

·         Colonialism (1600-1750)

·         Development of a New Nation (1720-1787)

·         The Constitution  and Foundation of the American PoliticalSystem (1777-1789)

·         First Quarter Exam

·         13 Colonies project

Second Nine Weeks

·          Growth of the Young Nation (1789-1849)

·          The United States’ Role on the World Stage (1789-1849)

·          Slavery in America (1800-1850)

·          Second Quarter Exam

·          Reformers in US History project

Third Nine Weeks

·         Civil War (1830-1865)

·         Reconstruction (1865-1877)

·         Third Quarter Exam

·         Civil War project


Fourth Nine Weeks

·         Westward Expansion after the Civil War (1865-1890)

·         TN READy Review

·         Cummalative Exam




             Textbook:United States History Beginnings to 1877 2008; Holt Rinehart


              Winston; ISBN 13: 978-0-03-099321-3





Grading procedure:  

Grading scale: A: 93-100; B: 85-82; C: 75-83; D: 70-74; F: Below 70.



Testing Policies


All test will be accompanied by a study guide given out  at the beginning of the time period being studied. I comphrenshive review will be held in class to ensure correct answers are on the study guide.


Quiz Policies


       Before students take a textbook quiz in class they will have taken a practice quiz that is

      similar to the quiz given for a grade.  Vocabulary quizzes given with each time period

      we study, will be created on quizlet and students will have a chance to study using that




The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the syllabus as long as the students are notified.