| Social Studies 8 (United States History I)
United States History I focuses on the period from Exploration through the Civil War surveying economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of development. Exploration, the Colonial Experience, the American Revolution, the Constitution, and the Civil War are studied in depth. Students in Social Studies 8 will continue to develop map skills, interpret and construct time lines, charts, and graphs, distinguish between and use primary and secondary sources, further develop their understanding of the relationship between cause and effect, interpret historical events in the context of the period, and distinguish historical fact from opinion. Independent student research of content-related topics will be required to complete three term projects. Coordination with the English Department will enhance student research and essay writing skills to write a third term research paper and will also include an interdisciplinary project based on a colonial period novel.
Textbook Title: The American Journey: Building A Nation, Appleby, Brinkley, McPherson, and The National Geographic Society (Glencoe McGraw-Hill)