Social Studies 8 Part 1 teaches students about American history and society, the first human migrations to the Americas, the European colonization of the Americas, the founding of the United States, and the end of the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. Students will explore the causes and the effects of the French and Indian War, and will study the First Continental Congress, the Declaration of Independence, and the challenges of governing a new nation. The course will move through the growth of the United States, including its political landscape in the early 1800s, slavery, and territorial expansion. These discussions will lead to lessons that cover Manifest Destiny, the Civil War, and the Reconstruction of post-Civil War America.
It is recommended that students complete Social Studies 7 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.
Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills
the prehistoric migrations to the Americas.
the ways in which religion and trade have shaped the history of Europe.
the religious conflict in England and explain the relationship between that
conflict and the colonization of North America.
the geography and climate of the New England, middle, and southern
English political traditions and the influence of those traditions on the
the roles of men, women, and children in colonial America.
the institution of slavery and summarize its history as it developed in
Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills
the results of the French and Indian War.
the cycle of taxation and protest in the colonies.
the meaning, structure, and impact of the Declaration of Independence.
the reasons why the American Revolution succeeded and the effects of that
the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention and the drafting of the
the Bill of Rights and its protection of individual rights.
Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills
the importance of the Louisiana Purchase.
the War of 1812.
the Era of Good Feelings and its impact on American politics.
American foreign relations in the years after the War of 1812.
the developments in the American political system in the Age of Jackson.
the growth of industry and important developments in factories in the
United States after 1812.
the growth of American cities in the early 1800s.
Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills
the term Manifest Destiny.
the relationship between the Mexican-American War and the idea of Manifest
the conflict over the issue of slavery in the territories after 1848.
the main points of the Compromise of 1850.
the Kansas-Nebraska Act and Bleeding Kansas.
the events that led to the outbreak of the Civil War.
and contrast the strengths, weaknesses, and strategies of the Union and
- Prentice Hall America: History
Of Our Nation (textbook)
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