8th Grade Early U.S. History
SYLLABUS – 2017/2018
Joaquin Martinez – firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Early U.S. History! This is an inquiry based class designed to foster curiosity, creativity, and responsibility.
As we explore the topics listed below, we will complete formative and summative assessments, which will culminate in one product for each unit.
This is work done in class, homework, and quizzes. These can be seen as practice, or rehearsal, depending on your perspective.
This is made up of tests, projects, Socratic Seminars and an individually created product for each Unit. This can be seen as the match/game or performance, depending on your perspective.
Formative Assessments: 33.3% - many of these per unit
Summative Assessments: 33.3% - few of these per unit
Individual Product*: 33.3% - one of these per unit
Homework, Late Work, Test Corrections, etc., will follow ATC Policy.
*The Individual Product will vary from unit to unit, but some examples are art projects, newspaper/pamphlet creations, persuasive essays, presentations, etc.
Each student will check out a hardback copy of Discovering Our Past: A History of the United States Early Years.
This comes with a digital database.
EACH STUDENT WILL BE GIVEN A PASSWORD TO ACCESS ASSIGNMENTS, QUIZES AND OTHER WORK; EVERY STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO SHARE THIS PASSWORD WITH THEIR GUARDIAN(S), SO THAT WORK CAN BE MONITORED FROM HOME.
In addition to this database, please check the class website for notifications. This can be accessed at atcschool.org.
SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
We will invest approximately two weeks per unit.
The First Americans
Migration to the Americas, Cities and Empires, North American Peoples
Exploring the Americas
A Changing World, Early Exploration, Spain in America, Competing for Colonies
Roanoke and Jamestown, The New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies
Life in the American Colonies
Colonial Economy, Government, Culture, Society, and Rivalry
The Spirit of Independence
No Taxation Without Representation, Uniting the Colonists, A Call to Arms, Declaring Independence
The American Revolution
The War for Independence, The War Continues, Battlegrounds Shift, The Final Years
A More Perfect Union
The Articles of Confederation, Forging a New Constitution, A New Plan of Government
Principles of the Constitution, Government and the People
The Federalist Era
The First President, Early Challenges, The First Political Parties
The Jefferson Era
A New Party in Power, The Louisiana Purchase, A Time of Conflict, The War of 1812
Growth and Expansion
A Growing Economy, Moving West, Unity and Sectionalism
The Jackson Era
Jacksonian Democracy, Conflicts Over Land, Jackson and the Bank
The Oregon Country, Statehood for Florida and Texas, War with Mexico, California and Utah
North and South
The Industrial North, People of the North, Southern Cotton Kingdom, People of the South
The Spirit of Reform
Social Reform, The Abolitionists, The Women’s Movement
Toward Civil War
The Search for Compromise, Challenges to Slavery, Secession and War
The Civil War
Two Sides, Early Years, Life During, The Strain, The Final Stages
The Reconstruction Era
Planning, The Radicals, The South, The Post-Reconstruction Era