This course follows Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for 8th grade social studies. This course focuses on the history of the United States from exploration and colonization to reconstruction after the Civil War. It also covers an overview of economics and civics.

The students will learn about the different European colonies formed in America and will compare the characteristics of different colonies. They will learn about the American Revolution and the founding principles of the United States. The students will study the westward expansion of the country and its national and international causes. They will learn about the causes of the Civil War, the major battles of the war, and its effect on the country. The students will then learn about the types of economy and what type of things will impact economies.

Finally, the students will learn about what it means to be a citizen and the rights and responsibility that come along with citizenship.

1- Introduction
1- Welcome
2- Course Description
3- Pretest
Assignment: Pretest
4- Understanding Plagiarism
5- MLA Formatting
6- MLA Documentation
7- MLA Citation
8- MLA Incorporating Sources

2- The Peoples of Ancient America
1- Introduction
2- The First Arrivals
3- Early People of North America
4- Europeans Arrive
Handout: Early Peoples Graphic Organizer
Assignment: Early Peoples Graphic Organizer
Worksheet: The Peoples of Ancient America

3- The New Age of Discovery
1- Introduction
2- The Beginnings of Exploration
3- Columbus Sails for Spain
4- Conquering and Ruling the Land
5- The French Move In
6- English Exploration
Assignment: Early Explorers Timeline
Worksheet: The New Age of Discovery
Quiz: Unit 1 (Chapters 2 & 3) Test

4- English Colonies in America
1- Introduction
Handout: Chapter 4 Lecture

5- Filling in the Coast
1- Introduction
2- The Carolinas
3- New York & New Jersey
4- Pennsylvania & Delaware
Handout: Filling in the Coast Graphic Organizer
Assignment: Filling in the Coast
Worksheet: Filling in the Coast

6- The Road to Independence
1- Introduction
Handout: Chapter 6 Lecture
Quiz: Road to Independence
Assignment: Independence Current Event

7- The War for Independence
1- Introduction
2- The First Years of the War
3- The War in the Middle Colonies
4- The War Moves South
Worksheet: The War for Independence
Assignment: War For Independence Presentation

8- The Constitution
1- Introduction
Handout: Chapter 8 Lecture
Handout: Constitution Scavenger Hunt
Assignment: Constitution Scavenger Hunt

9- How the Government Works
1- Introduction
Handout: Chapter 9 Lecture
2- Midtest
Assignment: Midtest
Handout: Bill of Rights Graphic Organizer
Worksheet: How the Government Works
Assignment: Bill of Rights Graphic Organizer

10- Establishing the Republic: The 1790’s
1- Introduction
2- Starting the Government
3- Foreign and Domestic Policy
4- The Administration of John Adams
Essay: Founding Fathers
Assignment: 1790’s Timeline

11- Establishing the Republic: The Jeffersonians
1- Introduction
Handout: Chapter 11 Lecture
Assignment: Jeffersonian Project

12- A Time of Growth
1- Introduction
2- A Changing Economy
3- The South & The North
4- The West
Worksheet: A Time of Growth
Assignment: Immigration
Essay: Haitian Webquest

13- The Spirit of Reform
1- Introduction
Handout: Chapter 13 Lecture
Quiz: The Spirit of Reform
Assignment: Reform Current Event

14- Manifest Destiny
1- Introduction
Handout: Chapter 14 Lecture
Essay: Manifest Destiny

15- Sectional Conflict Intensifies
1- Introduction
Handout: Chapter 15 Lecture
Quiz: Sectional Conflict Intensifies

16- The Civil War
1- Introduction
2- The Two Sides
3- The First Two Years of War
4- Toward Union Victory
Assignment: Emancipation Proclamation
Assignment: Civil War Culminating Project

17- Conclusion
1- Florida’s Contributions
Assignment: Florida’s Contributions
2- Post-test
Assignment: Post-test
Assignment: United States Geography Culminating Project

18- Course Survey
1- Course Survey
Handout: Course Survey
Assignment: Course Survey