Beth Twenhafel

8th Grade U.S. History Teacher

Mrs. Beth Twenhafel

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8th  Grade U.S. History

Course Syllabus

Mascoutah Middle School
Instructor: Mrs. Beth Twenhafel
Phone: 618-566-2305


The purpose of the course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the development of the American Nation through analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Students will be provided with an understanding of the Americas prior to European colonization, factors leading to colonization, effects of colonization and the development of and reasons behind the formation of the United States. The course will cover US History from the inception of the country through Reconstruction after the Civil War. Students will learn to think historically as they evaluate our countrys early history through utilization of critical thinking, primary sources, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

TEXT:   Creating America: A History of the United States. 2005. McDougal Littell.

(this is for review- the text book is NOT on line)


Semester 1:  1492-1791

  • The English Establish 13 Colonies

  • The Colonies Develop

  • Beginnings of an American Identity

  • The Road to Revolution

  • The American Revolution

  • Confederation to Constitution

  • United States Constitution

  • 2016 Election Coverage

Semester 2:  1789-1877

  • Launching a New Republic

  • The Jefferson Era

  • National and Regional Growth

  • The Age of Jackson

  • Manifest Destiny

  • A New Spirit of Change

  • The Nation Breaking Apart

  • The Civil War

  • Reconstruction

  • Illinois History & Government


  • Reading (for understanding and application text and additional assigned readings)

  • In-class discussion

  • Group work

  • Homework (generally quizzes and paper evaluations)

  • Tests (formal assessments and alternative assessments)

  • Student presentations of material

  • Recitations

  • Vocabulary

  • Current events through CNN Student News

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