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Middle School Middle School United States History

Pre Requisites

Recommended for 8th grade


Learning about history allows people to see how far we have come and what awaits us on our path to the future. In this course, students will explore the history of the United States and analyze the cause and effect in historical events. They will investigate history by using the tools of a historian to examine the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events that influenced the development of the United States. Students will imagine what it was like to live in the past by reading the stories from the people who experienced it. This course begins with the engaging stories of what brought the earliest American colonists to the New World and ends with the struggles to repair the United States following the Civil War. Engaging in this study allows students to recognize the themes of history that span across centuries and leads to a greater appreciation of the development of the United States and the resulting impact on world history.

Segment One

Module 01 - Settlement

  • Introduction to Settlement
  • America's Geography
  • Historians' Tools
  • Coming to America
  • Colonial Regions
  • Economics and Slavery
  • Economics and Slavery Advanced

Module 02 -Independence

  • Introduction to Independence
  • Impact of Colonization
  • French and Indian War
  • Colonial Unity
  • Colonial Unity Advanced
  • Give Me Liberty
  • Revolutionary Celebrities
  • Supporters of the War
  • War

Module 03 - Nationalism

  • Introduction to Nationalism
  • Interpreting History
  • Recipe for America
  • Who has the Power?
  • We Can Make a Difference!
  • For the Common Good
  • For the Common Good Advanced
  • Know Your Rights!

Module 04 - Growth

  • Introduction to Growth
  • Making a President
  • Making a President Advanced
  • A Worthy Successor
  • American Voices
  • Jefferson Brings Change!
  • Heroes of the Wild
  • We Will Not Fall!

Segment Two

Module 05 - Movement

  • Introduction to Movement
  • It's Manifest Destiny!
  • It's Manifest Destiny! Advanced
  • A Native Dilemma
  • Keep the Peace
  • New Land!
  • Train's Leavin'!
  • Friend or Foe, Mexico?

Module 06 - Advances

  • Introduction to Advances
  • Innovations
  • Innovations Advanced
  • Factory Workers
  • Growing Cities!
  • A Southern View
  • Jacksonian Democracy
  • War on the Bank!

Module 07 - Ideas

  • Introduction to Ideas
  • Are You Awake?
  • Inside Slavery
  • Join the Resistance!
  • Her Rights
  • The Mighty Pen
  • The Mighty Pen Advanced
  • Bring on the Reform!

Module 08 - Conflict

  • Introduction to Conflict
  • A Nation Divided
  • Taking Sides
  • Shots Fired!
  • Shots Fired! Advanced
  • The Cost of Conflict
  • Reconstruction
  • Emancipation and Civil Rights

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