8th Grade U.S. History

Course Description:  Welcome to 8th grade United States History at St. Benedict’s! Throughout this year I will be here as a guide and resource to help you succeed academically, grow as an individual, and begin to think critically about U.S. history and current events in our world. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I am best reached by e-mail to set up individual appointments or I am always available before school in my classroom, Room 345. Please stop by and say hello and visit! I look forward to building relationships with all of you and creating a safe, motivated, and energetic learning community as we explore, analyze, and learn the history of our great nation together!

Syllabus: Click here

Course Outcomes:

  • Analyze the diversity of the American people and the relationships between different races, classes, ethnicities, and genders in history
  • Explain the transformation of the American identity and character
  • Trace and discover the foundation of our nation’s government and beliefs behind it
  • Describe economic changes in trade, commerce, technology and labor
  •  Explain the colonial and revolutionary influences on American political traditions, citizenship, growth of democracy, and the development of a modern state
  •  Analyze the importance of the reform movements in U.S. history including anti-slavery, labor, temperance, women’s rights, civil rights, war, and government

Course Materials:

  1. Middle School Binder
  2. 4 dividers
  3. St. Benedict’s Academic Planner
  4. Computer/Tablet
  5. Pen/Pencil/Highlighter
  6. Loose leaf notebook paper
  7. A positive attitude and open mind

 


U.S. History

Course Description:  Welcome to United States History at St. Benedict’s! Throughout this year I will be here as a guide and resource to help you succeed academically, grow as an individual, and develop into independent, critically thinking citizens in our world. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. I am best reached by e-mail to set up individual appointments or I am always available before school in my classroom, Room 345. Please stop by and say hello and visit! I look forward to building relationships with all of you and creating a safe, motivated, and energetic learning community as we explore, analyze, and learn the history of our great nation together!

Syllabus: Click here

Course Outcomes:

  • Analyze the diversity of the American people and the relationships between different races, classes, ethnicities, and genders in history
  • Explain the transformation of the American identity and character
  • Critique economic changes in trade, commerce, technology and labor
  •  Interpret the globalization that has occurred and the evolving relationship the United States has with the world
  • Identify the effect various religious beliefs and practice in America have had on its history
  • Infer the impact population growth, industrialization, pollution, and consumption has had on the environment
  • Explain the colonial and revolutionary influences on American political traditions, citizenship, growth of democracy, and the development of a modern state
  • Analyze the importance of the reform movements in U.S. history including anti-slavery, labor, temperance, women’s rights, civil rights, war, public health, and government

Course Materials:

  1. 3-­‐ring binder
  2. Computer/Tablet
  3. 6 dividers
  4. Pen/Pencil/Highlighter
  5. Loose leaf notebook paper
  6. St. Benedict’s Academic Planner
  7.  A positive attitude and open mind

AP U.S. History

Course Description:  The purpose of this U.S. History course is to provide students with the analytical skills and knowledge needed to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. This course will be conducted at an advanced reading and writing level in order to adequately prepare students for a college course by making the same demands an introductory college course would. Through this course students will learn to assess historical materials, interpret historical issues, and evaluate reliability and importance of evidence and primary source materials. At the end of this course students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at their own conclusions and make informed judgments based on their personal inference and interpretation of historical material in a persuasive essay format.

Syllabus: Click here

Course Outcomes: The A.P. test focuses on seven historical themes throughout U.S. History, which are listed below. During each unit, students will focus on certain themes and make connections between different time periods.

Course Materials:

  1. 3-­‐ring binder
  2. Computer/Tablet
  3. 6 dividers
  4. Pen/Pencil/Highlighter
  5. Loose leaf notebook paper
  6. The American Pagent Textbook by: David Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen
  7.  A positive attitude and open mind
  8. Optional: Recording device for note-­‐taking—cell phones will not be allowed Barron's
    "AP US History, 2nd Edition" ($20 on Amazon or Ebay)