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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. 


Materials Needed:  See team letter.



  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
  •  Early Republic
  • Early Presidents
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • War of 1812
  • Industrialization

    3rd Nine Weeks

  •  Changing Nation
  • Jacksonian America
  • Trail of Tears
  • Westward Movement
  • Reforms
  •  Civil War
  • North/South
  • Events Leading to War
  • Civil War
  • Reconstruction

    4th Nine Weeks

  • Review


Note:  Some units of study may carry over into the 4th 9 weeks due to loss of class time.