Middle M/J U.S. History - 8th grade recommended
Number of Credits
Estimated Completion Time
2 segments / 32-36 weeks
Earliest Start Date
Learning about history allows people to see how far we have come and what awaits us on our path to the future. In this course, students will explore the history of the United States and analyze the cause and effect in historical events. They will investigate history by using the tools of a historian to examine the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events that influenced the development of the United States. Students will imagine what it was like to live in the past by reading the stories from the people who experienced it. This course begins with the engaging stories of what brought the earliest American colonists to the New World and ends with the struggles to repair the United States following the Civil War. Engaging in this study allows students to recognize the themes of history that span across centuries and leads to a greater appreciation of the development of the United States and the resulting impact on world history.
FLVS recommends this course for 6th grade, however, each school district establishes their own progression for middle school social studies courses. For accurate placement, check with your school district or FLVS Flex counselor to confirm the appropriate social studies course for your student.
Access the site links below to view the standards from the Florida Department of Education:
Regular course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13293
Advanced course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13295
Colonization of America
French and Indian War
Colonial Protest toBritish Policies
Early Challenges to theNew Nation
War of 1812
Expansion of Slavery
The Mexican-American War
Expansion of Democracy
Second Great Awakening
Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***
***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.
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