History and Geography 800

History and Geography 800 focuses on American History, covering the subject from early exploration through the present day, with special emphasis given to the Civil War and to inventions and technology of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These areas of focus target three major content strands: History, Geography, and Government and Citizenship. Additionally, students will gain practice in research and writing, covering topics like explorers, the thirteen colonies, famous battles, the U.S. Constitution, western expansion, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, propaganda, citizenship, and inventors. In addition to the default course program, History and Geography 800 includes alternate lessons, projects, and tests, for use in enhancing instruction or addressing individual needs.

  • Unit 1: Students will examine major events of the Age of Exploration by identifying the accomplishments of significant explorers. Students will also look at how exploration affected major European countries in trade and power.
  • Unit 2: Students will identify how the American colonies were established by European countries and the influence they had on the characteristics of each colony; this laid the foundation for cultural differences in each area.
  • Unit 3: Students will understand the conflicts that arose between the American colonies and Great Britain and how they led to the American Revolution. Students will also examine the war including battles, turning points, and the outcome.
  • Unit 4: Students will evaluate the origins of U.S. government during the American Revolution, the attempt at colonial government under the Articles of Confederation, and the establishment of the current U.S. government through the Constitutional Convention. 
  • Unit 5: Understand political, economic, and social changes that occurred in the United States during the 19th century. These include changes from the Industrial Revolution, movement into the western frontier, and sectionalism in the U.S.
  • Unit 6: Student will describe the causes, events, and aftermath of the Civil War.
  • Unit 7: Students will identify the Industrial Revolution in Europe and the U.S. prior to the Civil War and examine how it continued to develop after the war with the growth of inventions, corporations, and labor unions. 
  • Unit 8: Students will evaluate U.S. expansion and imperialism during the twentieth century with the Spanish American War. They will describe the causes and effects of World War I, including the Great Depression.
  • Unit 9: Students will examine World War II and the events after including the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam, and the presidencies from Nixon through Clinton. The will finish the unit by understanding some of the key challenges facing American society in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. 

State: National
Grade Level: 8
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year