Grade 8 U.S. History

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“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Maya Angelou

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This is where you will look for all things needed for your US history class.

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REMEMBER: Major unit homework: Semi-flipped classroom assignment- at home, do the reading and note taking for each unit and any long-range assignments. Figure a minimum of one reading section a night. Check out the new videos in the Teaching Videos folder on the Notes Folders & Favorite Links page. Remember to check Google Classroom nightly, too.

LATE WORK POLICY: Late work will only be accepted for partial credit if no more than one day late. An absence due to illness will earn one day’s grace per day absent; a planned absence for other reasons will not be an excuse for late work. However, long range assignments will not be accepted late. Testing that has been announced in advance of an absence will be made up the day you return to school. Consideration and some flexibility may be granted for unusual circumstances.

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Unit: VI “A Nation Divided and Rebuilt” (1846-1877) Ch. 15-18: pp.476-591

Reading Study Guide: pp.105-130

Test Practice and Review Workbook: pp. 119-144


Ch. 15 “The Nation Breaking Apart” (1846-1861) pp. 478-507 What issues and events shattered the nation’s unity and led to the Civil War?

Ch. 16 “The Civil War Begins” (1861-1862) pp. 508-533 What events, leaders, and strategies shaped the early years of the war?

Ch. 17 “The Tide of War Turns” (1863-1865) pp. 534-567 In what ways did the Civil War transform the nation?

Ch. 18 “Reconstruction” (1865-1877) pp. 568-591 How did a deeply divided nation move forward after the Civil War?

“American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”—James Baldwin

CA-SS 8.9 Students analyze the early and steady attempts to abolish slavery and to realize the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.

CA-SS 8.10 Students analyze the multiple causes, key events, and complex consequences of the Civil War.

CA-SS 8.11 Students analyze the character and lasting consequences of Reconstruction.