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8th Grade US History Curriculum & Lesson Plans

8th Grade U.S. History YEAR-LONG Curriculum Bundle

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  • 100+ engaging presentations in both PowerPoint and Google Slides formats
  • 225+ immersive student exercise assignments in both PDF printable and Google Slides formats
  • Teacher Answer Keys for EVERY resource
  • 15 Reading Comprehension Activities each one with an accompanying Q&A worksheet
  • 13 Interactive Individual & Team Projects all with instructional material and suggested teacher guidelines
  • 225+ links to supplemental videos on YouTube
  • Presentations featuring BUILT-IN Discussion Based Questions (DBQ)
  • Bell Ringer at the beginning of EVERY presentation
  • Guided Notes Handouts for EVERY lesson for students to more easily follow along with each presentation and retain their learnings
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  • Unit Outline and Lesson-by-Lesson Overview for every unit

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Unit 1: Thinking Like a Historian

  • How historians conduct credible research
  • Why historical context is important
  • How to evaluate primary and secondary sources of information (corroboration)
  • What is characteristic of a good compelling question
  • What factors influence the point of view of an author (contextualization)

Unit 2: Colonial America - Life in a New Land


  • European colonization in the New World
  • Causes and effects of the Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Economy, Government & Religion in the Colonies
  • The New England Colonies (the Pilgrims, Great Migration, Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, etc.)
  • The Middle Colonies (New Amsterdam, diversity, William Penn, etc.)
  • The Southern Colonies (Jamestown, Toleration Act of 1649, James Oglethorpe, etc.)  
  • Colonial Life in the English Colonies
  • The Great Awakening & Enlightenment (Age of Reason)
  • The French & Indian War

Unit 3: American Independence - Restlessness to Rebellion


  • Acts of Controversy (Stamp Act, Sugar Act, Tea Act, etc.)
  • The Boston Tea Party
  • The Intolerable Acts (a.k.a. the "Coercive Acts")
  • First & Second Continental Congress 
  • Causes & effects of the Battles of Lexington & Concord
  • Declaration of Independence
  • American Revolutionary War
  • Major battles of the American Revolution
  • Washington's Crossing
  • Valley Forge

Unit 4: Writing the Constitution - Creating a More Perfect Union


  • Articles of Confederation
  • The Constitutional Convention
  • Levels of Government 
  • System of Checks and Balances
  • 3 Branches of Government: Legislative, Executive, & Judicial 
  • Rise of Federalists & Antifederalists
  • Ratification of the U.S. Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights

Unit 5: Early Republic - Addressing Challenges


  • Presidency of George Washington 
  • Washington's Farewell Address
  • XYZ Affair
  • Alien & Sedition Acts
  • Election of 1800
  • Judiciary Act of 1801
  • Marbury v. Madison
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Lewis & Clark
  • Causes & effects of the War of 1812
  • The Monroe Doctrine
  • The American System
  • Election of 1824

Unit 6: Age of Jackson - Democracy Expands


  • Election of 1828
  • The Spoils System
  • Jacksonian Democracy
  • Causes & effects of the Nullification Crisis
  • Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears
  • National Bank Debate
  • Rise of the Whig Party

Unit 7: Westward Expansion - From Sea to Shining Sea


  • Manifest Destiny
  • The Texas Revolution
  • Causes & effects of the Mexican-American War
  • Mexican Cession
  • California Gold Rush
  • The Mormon Migration

Unit 8: Industrialization & Reform - Innovation Brings Change


  • Industrial Revolution in the North & South
  • Transformation of the U.S. Economy
  • Labor and working conditions during the Industrial Revolution
  • Rise of Organized Labor
  • Immigration & Urbanization 
  • Social Reforms

Unit 9: Sectionalism - Growing Division


  • Growing divisions over the practice of slavery 
  • Fugitive Slave Laws
  • Historical significance of Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Causes and effects of the Kansas-Nebraska Act
  • Dred Scott Decision
  • Influence of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  • Raid on Harpers Ferry
  • Election of 1860

Unit 10: Civil War - The Endangered Union


  • Inauguration of President Lincoln
  • Secession of the South
  • Rise of the Confederacy
  • Attack on Fort Sumter
  • North vs. South Demographics
  •  The Peninsula Campaign
  • Major Battles of the Civil War (Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Antietam, Battle of Gettysburg, etc.)
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Women of the Civil War
  • Life during the Civil War

Unit 11: Reconstruction - Rebuilding the Union


  • Aftermath of the Civil War
  • Rise of Andrew Johnson
  • Influence of Radical Republicans
  • Role and impact of the Freedmen's Bureau 
  • "Carpetbaggers" & "Scalawags" 
  • Black Codes
  • Civil Rights Act of 1866
  • The Reconstruction Amendments (13th, 14th, & 15th Amendments)
  • Impeachment of President Johnson
  • Rise of secret groups in the South
  • Disenfranchisement Laws
  • Effects of Reconstruction

Unit 12: Rights & Responsibilities - Life in a Democracy

  • Rights and Responsibilities of U.S. Citizens
  • Meaning of unalienable rights
  • Overview of the Bill of Rights
  • How to be a responsible citizen
  • The Naturalization Process
  • Reasons non-U.S. citizens pursue U.S. citizenship

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These incredible resources cover the following learning standards and guidelines:

Common Core

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RI.8.4, RI.8.5, RI.8.6, RI.8.7, RI.8.8, RI.8.9, RI.8.10

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.8.1, RH.8.2, RH.8.3, RH.8.4, RH.8.5, RH.8.6, RH.8.7, RH.8.9, RH.8.10


8.1a, 8.1b, 8.1c, 8.2a, 8.2b, 8.3a, 8.3b, 8.3c, 8.4a, 8.4b, 8.4c, 8.4d, 8.4e, 8.5a, 8.5b, 8.5c, 8.5d, 8.5e, 8.5f, 8.5g, 8.6a, 8.6b, 8.6c, 8.6d, 8.6e, 8.7a, 8.7b, 8.7c, 8.7d, 8.8a, 8.8b, 8.8c, 8.9a, 8.9b, 8.9c, 8.9d, 8.10a, 8.10b, 8.10c, 8.11a, 8.11b, 8.11c, 8.12a, 8.12b, 8.12c, 8.12d, 8.13a, 8.13b, 8.14a, 8.14b, 8.15a, 8.15b, 8.15c, 8.15d, 8.16a, 8.16b, 8.17a, 8.17b, 8.18a, 8.18b, 8.18c, 8.19a, 8.19b, 8.19c, 8.19d, 8.19e, 8.19f, 8.20a, 8.20b, 8.20c, 8.21a, 8.21b, 8.21c, 8.22a, 8.22b, 8.22c, 8.23a, 8.23b, 8.23c, 8.23d, 8.23e, 8.24a, 8.24b, 8.25a, 8.25b, 8.25c, 8.26a, 8.26b, 8.26c, 8.27a, 8.27b, 8.27c, 8.27d, 8.28a, 8.28b, 8.29a, 8.29b, 8.29c, 8.29d, 8.29e, 8.29f, 8.29g, 8.29h, 8.29i, 8.30a, 8.30b, 8.30c, 8.30d

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