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Class Syllabus

8th Grade Social Studies Syllabus


Course Description:  This year, students in 8th grade social studies will explore early American history.  We will begin with the factors that led Europeans and Africans to settle in North America around the year 1500 and end with the Reconstruction Era, the period after the Civil War.  While the main focus is on historical perspective, students will continue geography skills practice, economics, culture, and government. 



  1. Be on time.
  2. Be prepared.
  3. Be respectful.
  4. Be responsible.


Units of Study


1st Nine Weeks

  • Three Worlds Meet
  • Geography
  • Native Americans
  • Exploration
  • 13 Colonies
  •  Revolution
  • Events leading to the Revolution
  • American Revolution


2nd Nine Weeks

  •  Creating a Nation
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Constitutional Convention
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Citizenship


3rd Nine Weeks

  •  Early Republic
  • Early Presidents
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • War of 1812
  • Industrialization
  •  Changing Nation
  • Jacksonian America
  • Trail of Tears
  • Westward Movement
  • Reforms


4th Nine Weeks

  •  Civil War
  • North/South
  • Events Leading to War
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction