U.S. History Syllabus


The eighth grade social studies curriculum consists of the following content area strands: American History, Geography, Economics and Civics. Primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of American history from the Exploration and Colonization period to the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the development of the United States and the resulting impact on world history. So that students can clearly see the relationship between cause and effect in historical events, students should have the opportunity to explore those fundamental ideas and events which occurred after Reconstruction. Geography, Economics, and Civics content is integrated into the teaching of American History standards.


  • Students will master a broad body of historical knowledge, demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology, and be able to differentiate between the different scholarly interpretations (historiographical schools of thought).
  • Interpret data from primary and secondary documents, including cartoons, graphs, letters, writings, myths and legends, and use the data to support an argument or position.
  • Effectively use analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, compare and contrast.
  • Develop an appreciation for the study of history and an ability to see patterns repeat over time.
  • Participate in class discussions, writing exercises, and problem solving, in order to encourage a desire for life-long learning, as well as civic engagement.


  • Unit 1:  Exploration of the Americas
  • Unit 2:  Colonial America
  • Unit 3:  Road to Independence
  • Unit 4:  American Revolution
  • Unit 5:  Creating a Republic
  • Unit 6:  The New Nation (Washington – election of T. Jefferson)
  • Unit 7:  The Jefferson Era
  • Unit 8:  Growth and Expansion
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Rise of Sectionalism
  • Unit 9:  The Age of Jackson
  • Unit 10:  Manifest Destiny
    • Mexican – American War
  • Unit 11:  Age of Reform
  • Unit 12:  Road to Civil War
  • Unit 13:  The Civil War
  • Unit 14:  Reconstruction


are required and must be hand written unless one has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that states class notes will be provided. 


including but not limited to, extra time, small group testing, having test directions and/or questions read aloud, will be gladly be given by Mrs. Lane if one has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that grants the specific accommodation. 


A   90-100

B   80-89

C   70-79

D   60-69

F   59 and lower 

Quarterly grade percentages 

Tests / Quizzes            70%

Assignments                30% 


  1.  Be respectful
  2.  Be responsible

All rules as set forth by the St. Johns County School District, and the Administration of St. Johns Technical High School will be strictly enforced in my classroom. Violations of the aforenoted will result in: class discussion, private discussion, referral to coach (if applicable), phone/email contact with parent(s), and/or guardian(s), and/or referral to the dean.


  • To respect the right of others to express their views.
  • To behave respectfully during patriotic observances.
  • To respect the religious beliefs of others.
  • To plan, get approval for and conduct activities that are consistent with the school’s goals.
  • To turn in all work on time. Late work will receive full credit with excused absences only.
  • To follow the rules of responsible journalism under the guidance of an advisor, including seeking complete information about topics and refraining from publishing libelous, obscene or disruptive material.
  • To refrain from sexual harassment and all other forms of bullying and harassment.

From the Student Code of Conduct:

Appearance Standards: Boys

Boy’s pants/slacks must be worn at the waist. No boxer shorts or underwear may be exposed.

Mustaches and beards shall be neatly trimmed.

Appearance Standards: Girls

Tops and shirts must cover the entire shoulder and they must be modest and not revealing or distracting. Midriff or “cut-out” dresses and “cut out” tops may not be worn. Extremely short skirts are not allowed. Skirts must be no shorter than four inches (4″) above the top of the knee. Revealing clothing, pajamas and lingerie are not acceptable. Underwear must not be exposed.

Hair curlers and excessive make-up shall not be permitted.

Girls’ pants/slacks must be worn at the waist. No underwear may be exposed.


Plagiarism is taking the writings, thoughts, or ideas of another and giving the same out as his or her own writing, thought, or idea. This includes but is not limited to, tests, homework, class work, or any and all other class generated work product. 


• Zero on that particular assignment.

• Referral to dean’s office.

There is a zero tolerance policy for any type of plagiarism in my United States History class.

Rest assured that I will use all of the abovenoted to enforce this zero tolerance policy on the very first offense by a Student.