About American History

The focus of the course in United States History for Grade 8 is Early American Growth (Jamestown), to the American Revolution, defining our government and rights (Constitution), and leading up and through the Civil War and Reconstruction era (1760-1877). 

However, for the Grade 8 criterion referenced test over “History, Constitution and Government of the United States,” the time frame is 1760-1860, or from approximately George III’s succession to the British throne to the election of Abraham Lincoln as president.

The student will describe and analyze the major causes, key events, and important personalities of the American Revolution.  He or she will examine in greater depth the factors, events, documents, significant individuals, and political ideas that led to the formation of the United States of America.