Academic Standard: Grade Level or Course

Eighth Grade: United States History and Geography: Colonization of North America to Reconstruction and the American West
Tennessee State Standards
Social Studies (2014-2019)
Grade Level or Course — Grade Level
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Educational Division = Primary Education

<p><strong>Content Strands:</strong> Many academic standards for social studies courses are categorized into <em>content strands</em> as indicated by letter codes. (C=Culture, E=Economics, G=Geography, H=History, P=Politics/Government, TN=Tennessee)</p>

Eighth grade students will study the European exploration of North America, along with the geographic features that influenced early settlements and colonies. This course will emphasize the development and maturation of the British colonies, and the political, cultural, and economic influences that led to the American Revolution. The major events and outcomes of the American Revolution will be analyzed, along with the individuals that played influential roles in the development of the new nation. Students will follow the development of the United States and its government, continuing through the early 19th century. The impact of the expansion of the United States will be analyzed, including implications on domestic and foreign policy. Policies that affected the American Indians will also be studied. The events leading up to the Civil War will be examined, along with the individuals and events that were significant during the war. The history, people, government, and geography of Tennessee will be emphasized in order to illustrate the role our state has played in American history. Reconstruction and the development of the American West will conclude this course. Appropriate primary sources and informational texts will be included in order to enhance understanding of the content.
Elements within this Grade Level or Course
Colonialism (1600-1750)
Development of a New Nation (1720-1787)
The Constitution and Foundation of the American Political System (1777-1789)
Growth of the Young Nation (1789-1849)
The United States' Role on the World Stage (1789-1849)
The Sectionalism of the American North, South, and West (1800-1850)
Slavery in America (1800-1850)
Civil War (1830-1865)
Reconstruction (1865-1877)
Westward Expansion after the Civil War (1865-1890)