• U.S. History I

    Course Overview and Syllabus

    Grade level: 8

    Prerequisite Courses: None Credits: 1.0

    Course Description

    U.S. History I is a yearlong course that dynamically explores the people, places, and events that shaped early United States history. This course stretches from the Era of Exploration through the Industrial Revolution, leading students through a careful examination of the defining moments that paved the way for the United States of today. Students begin by exploring the colonization of the New World and examining the foundations of colonial society. As they study the early history of the United States, students will learn critical thinking skills by examining the constitutional foundations of the U.S. government. Recurring themes such as territorial expansion, the rise of industrialization, and the significance of slavery will be examined in the context of how these issues contributed to the Civil War and Reconstruction.

    Course Objectives

    Throughout the course, you will meet the following goals:

    • Describe the geographical regions of the United States and the influence of these regions on early settlements and the nation’s development. 

    • Explore different cultures within U.S. history and how these cultures were changed by various influences, such as settlement, acts of government, and conflicts.

    • Examine the importance of cultural and reform movements in the U.S. government and society.

    • Assess the political development of the United States, including the influence of democratic ideals, the changing role of government, and the development of the two-party system.

    • Investigate and understand the reasons behind American involvement in wars and conflicts throughout U.S. history.

    • Trace the economic development of the United States from an agrarian economy to an industrial economy. 


    Student Expectations

    This course requires the same level of commitment from you as a traditional classroom course would. Throughout the course, you are expected to spend approximately 5–7 hours per week online on the following activities: 

    • Interactive lessons that include a mixture of instructional videos and tasks

    • Assessments, including quizzes, tests, and cumulative exams


    Your teacher will communicate with you regularly through discussions, e-mail, chat, and system announcements. You will also communicate with classmates, either via online tools or face to face, as you collaborate on projects, ask and answer questions in your peer group, and develop your speaking and listening skills.

    Grading Policy

    You will be graded on the work you do online and the work you submit electronically to your teacher. The weighting for each category of graded activity is listed below. 

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    Scope and Sequence

    When you log into Edgenuity, you can view the entire course map—an interactive scope and sequence of all topics you will study. The units of study are summarized below:

    1. Exploration Early Colonization 

    2. Colonies Geography

    3. Economics of Colonial regions

    4. Representative Gov and growth

    5. Causes of Revolution

    6. Revolutionary War

    7. Independence

    8. Articles, Constitution Convention

    9. Government and Citizenship

    10. Bill of Rights

    11. Reconstruction and Expansion