For Kiley and August's 8th grade year I have just finished the outline for their US History. I am not going to be using one main textbook this year because they are very limited in information and are pretty boring to read. I have not decided on all of the books we will use yet, but we will be utilizing our public library and the wonderful world of the internet. Here is the outline for this year, this is just the minimum that we must cover.
8th Grade US History
1. End of 7th Grade Review and Magna Carta
2. Declaration of Independence 1776
3. Lincoln’s presidency: Gettysburg Address 1863, Emancipation Proclamation 1863, Inaugural address and second inaugural address 1865
4. Lives of leaders and soldiers on both sides of the war. War Department General Order 143: Creation of the U.S. Colored Troops 1863.
5. Developments and events in the war, General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Surrender of Fort Sumter via telegram 1861 Articles of Agreement – surrender of the Army of Northern 1865 Virginia.
6. Reconstruction and effects on political and social structures of different regions.
7. Wade-Davis Bill 1864
8. 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Abolition of Slavery 1865
9. 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights 1868
10. 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Voting Rights 1870
11. Dawes Act 1887
12. Sherman Anti-Trust Act 1890
13. Keating-Owen Child Labor Act 1916
14. Inventors: Thomas Edison-Light Bulb 1880
15. Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. Declaration of Independence 1776, Articles of Confederation 1777, Constitution of the US 1787
16. Federalist Papers, No. 10 & No. 51 1787
17. Powers of government set forth in Constitution, Fundamental liberties ensured by the Bill of Rights. Constitution of US 1777, Bill of Rights 1791
18. Ordinances of 1785 and 1787. Northwest Ordinance 1787
19. Interstate Commerce Act 1887
20. Alien and Sedition Acts 1789: conflicts between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton/emergence of two political parties
21. Basic law making process. Constitutional provision for citizens to participate in political process, monitoring and influence on government.
22. US Physical Landscapes, political divisions and territorial expansion during terms of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison. Louisiana Purchase Treaty 1803, Jefferson’s Secret Message to Congress – Lewis & Clark Expedition 1803,
23. Washington’s 1st Inaugural Speech 1789, Washington’s Farewell Address 1796
24. Rise of capitalism. Jackson’s opposition to the National Bank. McCulloch v Maryland 1819, Gibbons v. Ogden 1824
25. Political and economic causes and consequences of the War of 1812, major battles, leaders and events. Treaty of Ghent 1814
26. Influence of the Monroe Doctrine 1823, westward expansion, and Mexican American War. Andrew Jackson’s Message to Congress 'On Indian Removal' 1830, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo 1848-
27. Pacific Railway Act 1862
28. Development of the agrarian economy in the South, significance of cotton and cotton gin. Patent for Cotton Gin 1794
29. Election and presidency of Andrew Jackson (Lewis and Clark expedition and removal of Indians- Trail of Tears).
30. Homestead Act 1862 Check for the Purchase of Alaska 1868
31. Texas War for Independence, Mexican American War,(Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo 1848)
32. Northwestern Ordinance 1787 in education, banning of slavery in Northern States
33. Slavery issues and annexation of Texas and California’s admission to the union as a free state. Compromise of 1850
34. State’s Rights Doctrine, Missouri Compromise 1820, Kansas Nebraska Act 1854, Dred Scott v Sanford 1857, Lincoln Douglas debates.
Doesn't that look like so much fun?