M/J Florida History

2100030 FL

In M/J Florida History, students will study the chronological development of the state of Florida by examining the political, economic, social, military and cultural events that affected the state. Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the progression of Florida including, but not limited to, the evolution of Florida's diverse heritage through Spanish, French, British, and American occupations, Florida's Native American population, United States annexation and territorial experience, statehood, Florida's role in sectionalism, Florida's system of slavery, Civil War and Reconstruction, Florida's diverse geographic regions and population groups, state government, modern day Florida's successes and challenges, and the projection of Florida's future development. Students will study methods of historical inquiry and primary and secondary historical documents.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following:

  • describe the geography of the state, including major landforms and waterways
  • describe the Native Americans who originally lived in Florida
  • identify significant individuals from the state, as well as their contributions to society
  • explain the state's role during the American Revolution
  • understand whether and how the state participated in the Civil War
  • understand the three main branches of the state government and the roles of each branch
  • identify current political leaders from the state
  • identify significant industries with a presence in the state
  • understand how business and industry, tourism, and culture all contribute to the economic strength of the state
  • understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the state

Additionally, students will gain practice in report writing, covering topics like state capitals, important state figures, trips through different states, and more.

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