American History

American History

Welcome to 8th grade American History 

 The American History curriculum includes the study of our country from Native Americans to Civil War and Reconstruction.  Specific topic areas include Colonial America, Crisis in the Colonies, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution and Government, Presidents, the War of 1812, New Movements in America, Westward Expansion, Sectionalism, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. 

To facilitate our study of American History, we will be using Chromebooks on a daily basis.  Please make sure your Chromebook is FULLY charged before coming to class.  Also, textbooks will always be available for student use.  Notes and handouts will be an ongoing part of class along with group activities, student presentations, projects, and reading and writing activities.

Students need to be prepared for class every day. Therefore, please bring the following materials with you on a daily basis.

  • American History binder with paper
  • Charged Chromebook
  • Pencil, pen, and highlighter
  • Homework assignments when given
  • Reading book

Students will be assessed on a regular basis.  Parents and students may view assignments/assessments using the myhomework app and Google classroom. Grades will be posted on Skyward. Assessments take various forms including:

  • Classwork/Journals
  • Homework
  • Group Activities
  • Presentations
  • Projects/Research Paper
  • Reading and Writing Activities
  • Quizzes and Tests
  • Extra Credit Opportunities (Trimesters 1 & 2)

I am looking forward to a great year with you.  Together, we will have a lot of fun and learn a great deal about our country and what it means to be an American.

Directions for SAS curriculum pathways assignments:
Please go to You will need to log in by clicking on the log in button in the upper righthand corner.  User name: more37end and there is no password.  Then in the upper righthand corner type in the QL# that has been assigned.  When you are done with the quiz, make sure to email your results to


 For Mrs. Rogers's syllabus, please click Social Studies Syllabus.doc
Extra Credit Opportunities
Students have the opportunity to do extra credit during trimester 1 and 2.  Point values are determined based on what is turned in with no more than 10 points awarded per project. Students may only do a maximum of 2 this trimester. Students may see me with alternate ideas for pre-approval.  The following are suggested ideas:

1.  Draw or construct a Native American home, i.e. tepee, longhouse, or adobe. Be sure to have a written explanation of the functions of the home.
2.  Create a diary of a colonists just coming to the New World. Be sure to include at least 15 entries and explain what daily life was like and troubles they may have faced.
3.  Reaction Writing:  Was Christopher Columbus a hero? In a well-written essay, give at least 3 reasons to support your claim.

Homework will be listed using the myhomework app.  You will need to create an account. To access the app, please use the following link:

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