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8th grade Syllabus

US  History Course Outline
Mrs. Kiehne

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Course Description: 8th Grade US History
            The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand the development of the United States community within the context of history by examining their connections to the past to prepare for the future as participating members of a global society.  Students will use knowledge of history, geography, economics, political processes, religion, ethics, diverse cultures, and humanities to solve problems in academic, civic, social, and employment settings. 

Class Materials:
 One Inch 3 ring binder, Tab dividers or small Post It’s, pencils, colored pencils or markers, 2 highlighters,


Links: New Mexico 8th Grade State Standards and EOC Guidelines

Textbook: American History; Beginnings Through Reconstruction: Pearson

Course Outline:

  1. Geography and Tools of the Historian (Aug. 17-27)
  2. Unit One:  The Early Americans and European Exploration  (August 31-September 11)
  3. Unit Two: European Colonization of North America  (September 14-November 13)
  4. Unit Three:  The Revolutionary Era (November 16-30)
  5. Unit Four:  A Constitution for the Untied States (November 30-December 11 )
  6. Unit Five: The Early Republic (January 4-15)
  7. Unit Six: The Age of Jackson and Westward Expanstion (January 18-29)
  8. Unit Seven: Society and Culture Before the Civil War (February 2-12)
  9. Unit Eight:  Sectionalism and Civil War (February 15-March 5)
  10. Unit Nine:  Reconstruction Era (March 8-26)

Classroom Behavior and Rules:
      1.   Come to class prepared and on time.

  1. Respect others and their property.
  2. Participate enthusiastically and frequently.
  3. Work safely.
  4. Assigned work is due at the beginning of class on the due date.
  5. Raise your hand if you have a question or comment.
  6. Follow all school rules and policies.

*These rules are simple and very reasonable. I expect all students to conduct themselves in a mature manner while in my classroom and on campus throughout the day. If a student does not comply with any of these rules here and rules outlined in the planner the necessary steps will be taken to ensure the student is penalized accordingly.

Consequences for choosing to break a rule:
1st time:  verbal warning, behavior recorded in discipline log
2nd time: behavior recorded in discipline log, parent notified
3rd time: behavior recorded in discipline log, morning detention
4th time: office referral


Grading Scale Students will be graded on a percentage system.  We use a variety of tools to assess learning of the curriculum.  All tests, quizzes, and projects are posted in advance. A student’s grade will be based on the following elements:

  1. 60% - Tests/Projects/Essays
  2. 30% - Assignments
  3. 10% - Weekly Bell ringers


Students learn best when they are attending school every day. When a student is missing school, they are missing out on daily lessons and other important skills which they need to be successful in school and in life. Being present for school every day will also instill a sense of responsibility within a student which will help them later in life as well. Students are expected to be in class every day prepared and ready to participate in that day’s activity.

Make-up Work:
Make-up work is the student’s responsibility. On the day of the students return, the student should check the planner board for missed assignments. Assignments are posted daily on the assignment board, as well as my website, which must be recorded in the student’s planner. I expect students to take pre-announced test/quizzes on the day of his/her return.  For everyday of an excused absence, you have 2 days to make-up work.  Do not get behind on missed assignments. No late work is accepted unless it is because of an excused absence.  All ESE/504/ESOL student accommodations will be provided within the classroom.


Extra Credit:
Some opportunities will be given for the students to earn extra credit points.  Do not expect extra credit to be offered at the end of the grading period to replace assignments that should have already been completed.  Please stay caught up with assignments throughout the grading period.

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