U.S. History for 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders

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Section 1: Exploration and Colonization

0 Welcome to U.S. History for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders 05:17

Picture of Welcome to U.S. History for 6th, 7th and 8th Graders Welcome message and course overview

1 Historical Eras 14:00

Characteristics of historical eras are covered in this lesson along with an introduction to the major eras covered in the course.

1 Historical Eras Activity 07:06

Students will place historical eras in relative chronological order.

2 Pre-Columbian Native Americans 13:20

This lesson takes a look at Native Americans in the Americas prior to the beginnings of the Columbian Exchange.

2 Pre-Columbian Native Americans Activity 07:06

Students will answer questions about Pre-Columbian Native Americans.

3 European Exploration of The Americas 14:07

The focus of this lesson is to examine the exploration of the Americas by nations of the Old World.

3 European Exploration of The Americas Activity 05:06

Students will put together a jigsaw puzzle of the first world map showing America on it.

4 European Colonization of The Americas 10:29

An examination of the areas of America that were colonized by European powers during the era of colonization.

4 European Colonization of The Americas Activity 04:57

Students will label a series of maps showing European colonization of the Americas.

5 English Colonization of the Americas 19:37

This lesson looks at early colonization of North America by the British.

5 English Colonization of The Americas Activity 05:10

Students will complete a matching activity of key events and people associated with the English colonizing in North America.

6 Review of Exploration and Colonization 16:39

The purpose of this review is to prepare students to be successful on the Section 1 quiz.

6 Review of Exploration and Colonization Activity 06:21

Students will create a timeline that identifies and describes their choice of five of six events provided.

Section 2: English Settlement of North America

7 English Settlement of New England 17:43

This lesson covers the English settlement of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

7 English Settlement of New England Activity 07:35

Students will analyze J. Winthrop's sermon entitled "A Model of Christian Charity".

8 The Economy and Culture of New England 16:25

The economy and culture of colonial New England is covered in this lesson.

8 The Economy and Culture of New England Activity 04:04

Students will write a paragraph detailing the events and culture of New England.

9 English Settlement of The Middle Colonies 13:58

This lesson covers the settlement of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania by the English.

9 English Settlement of The Middle Colonies Activity 04:33

Students will be given scenarios to consider and decide if the scenario is factual or fictional.

10 The Economy and Culture of the English Middle Colonies 13:36

This lesson covers the economy and culture of the English Middle Colonies.

10 The Economy and Culture of The English Middle Colonies Activity 05:24

Students will create a T-Chart that highlights the economy of New England to that of the Middle Colonies.

11 English Settlement of The Southern Colonies 13:26

This lesson looks at the settlement of Jamestown, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Maryland.

11 English Settlement of The Southern Colonies Activity 03:20

Students will label a map showing the 13 original English colonies in North America.

12 The Economy and Culture of The English Southern Colonies 14:44

The economy and culture of the Southern Colonies are addressed in this lesson.

12 The Economy and Culture of The English Southern Colonies Activity 03:46

Students will create a side-by-side comparison of the economy of the three colonial regions.

13 The First Great Awakening 13:08

This lesson examines the First Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s in America.

13 The First Great Awakening Activity 04:18

Students will complete a Venn Diagram of the First Great Awakening.

14 Review of English Settlement of North America 14:42

This review will prepare students to do well on the Section 2 quiz.

14 Review of English Settlement of North America Activity 08:34

Students will Identify and Describe eight separate visuals.

Section 3: The American Revolution

15 Key Events Leading to The American Revolution 22:14

The events that led colonists to declare their independence are addressed in this lesson.

15 Key Events Leading to The American Revolution Activity 05:55

Students will analyze two different accounts of what actually happened at Lexington and Concord.

16 The American Revolution 18:01

Events of the revolution are thoroughly covered in this lesson.

16 The American Revolution Activity 04:01

Students will sequence five events of the American Revolution, rank order in terms of significance, and justify their most significant event.

17 Review Covering Events Leading Up To and During The Revolution 18:58

This lesson is a review of the events that led to the revolution and during the revolution and serves to prepare students for the Section 3 quiz.

17 Review Covering Events Leading Up To and During The Revolution Activity 09:12

Students will create an acrostic using the word REVOLUTION.

Section 4: Early Years of the Republic

18 Creation of a Strong Federal Government 17:23

This lessons includes events that strengthened our nation's federal government.

18 Creation of a Strong Federal Government Activity 05:32

Students will create two Who Am I cards for key people involved in the creation of our nation's strong federal government.

19 The U.S. Constitution 11:59

The creation of the constitution as well as an examination of the document is accomplished in this lesson.

19 The U.S. Constitution Activity 07:10

This activity has students deciding which constitutional principle is covered in each of the seven articles.

20 The Bill of Rights 13:18

A thorough examination of the first ten amendments of our nation's constitution is accomplished during this lesson.

20 The Bill of Rights Activity 09:17

Students are asked to associate the appropriate amendment with given scenarios.

21 The Federalist Era 18:44

Key events of The Federalist Era are covered in this lesson.

21 The Federalist Era Activity 04:27

Students can choose between creating a Venn Diagram or a Side-By-Side comparing the three rebellions we've covered thus far in the course.

22 Review Covering The Early Years of The Republic 17:42

A review of events of the Early Republic are accomplished during this lesson to prepare students for the Section 4 quiz.

22 Review Covering The Early Years of The Republic Activity 06:11

Students will create an EARLY REPUBLIC acrostic

Section 5: Expansion and Growth

23 The Jeffersonian Republic 16:27

Significant events and people associated with the Jeffersonian Republic are examined during this lesson.

23 The Jeffersonian Republic Activity 04:21

Students will choose 5 of 7 events to place on a timeline and then identify and describe each of the events.

24 Dynamics of Growth 16:12

This lesson looks at the "dynamics" that led to the expansion and growth of our nation.

24 Dynamics of Growth Activity 02:58

This activity has students labeling the 8 major land acquisitions on a map.

25 The First Industrial Revolution 11:48

Students will become familiar with America's First Industrial Revolution or Mechanical Revolution during this lesson.

25 The First Industrial Revolution Activity 03:49

Students will list and justify their top three Industrial Revolution inventions.

26 The Lowell Factory System 15:55

This lesson looks at how Francis Cabot Lowell revolutionized the textile industry.

26 The Lowell Factory System Activity 04:20

This activity has students assuming the role of a a Lowell Operative and writing a diary entry at the end of a long and tiring day at the mill.

27 War of 1812 Leads to Nationalism 16:58

Events leading up to and during the war as well as how the war instilled a real sense of nationalism in America is covered during this lesson.

27 War of 1812 Leads to Nationalism Activity 04:01

Students will write a paragraph that makes a connection between the War of 1812, Nationalism, and the Era of Good Feelings.

28 Beginning of Sectionalism 16:18

Events that started America down the road to a civil war are covered during this lesson.

28 Beginning of Sectionalism Activity 03:50

This activity has students writing a paragraph that explains how the Nullification Crisis almost led to a civil war in the 1830s.

29 Review Covering Expansion and Growth 16:13

This lesson will prepare students for the Section 5 quiz.

29 Review Covering Expansion and Growth Activity 04:44

This activity has students creating an acrostic using the word EXPANSION as a way of reviewing for the Section 5 quiz.

Section 6: Slavery and Reform

30 Slavery in The Antebellum South 18:30

An indepth analysis of slavery occurs during this lesson.

30 Slavery in The Antebellum South Activity 05:25

This lesson's activity asks students to think about the institution of slavery and then list 10 adjectives that describe slavery.

31 A Perfect America 16:15

This lesson takes a look at Reforms that came about during and following America's Second Great Awakening.

31 A Perfect America Activity 03:01

Students will list and rank order their top Reforms that came about following the Second Great Awakening.

32 The Second Great Awakening 15:02

The Second Great Awakening as well as a review of the First Great Awakening is accomplished during this lesson.

32 The Second Great Awakening Activity 05:18

Students will create a Venn Diagram comparing the First and Second Great Awakenings.

33 Review Covering Slavery and Reform 12:54

Key events associated with the Antebellum South and the Reform Era are reviewed to assist students in doing well on the Section 6 quiz.

33 Review Covering Slavery and Reform Activity 07:01

This review activity has students participating in a review called FACT or FICTION.

Section 7: Growth and Sectionalism Lead to Civil War

34 Manifest Destiny Leads to Growth 16:16

Events associated with America's "Manifest Destiny" are addressed during the lesson.

34 Manifest Destiny Leads to Growth Activity 04:00

Students will research the California Bear Flag Revolt and then write a 5-8 sentence summary in their own words.

35 Growth Leads to Sectionalism 15:25

Events that "sectionalized" or divided, our nation are covered during this lesson.

35 Growth Leads to Sectionalism Activity 03:34

Students will list, rank order, and justify their top three events that led to the U.S. Civil War.

36 The U.S. Civil War 21:09

America's war that pitted brother against brother is covered during this lesson.

36 The U.S. Civil War Activity 05:03

Students will choose five of eight events listed to place on a timeline in chronological order and then Identify and Describe each of the chosen events.

37 Growth and Sectionalism Leads to Civil War Review 13:02

Events leading up to and during the U.S. Civil War are the focus of this review in efforts to ensure students to well on the Section 7 quiz.

37 Growth and Sectionalism Leads to Civil War Review Activity 04:24

This lesson activity has students creating a civil war collage that captures the essence of five events of their choice.

Section 8: Reconstruction, Sharecropping, and Intro to Gilded Age

38 Reconstruction 15:00

Putting our country back together after the U.S. Civil War are addressed during this lesson.

38 Reconstruction Activity 04:20

Students will create a side-by-side comparison of each of the four Reconstruction Plans.

39 Sharecropping 13:18

The plight of the freedmen are covered during this lesson as many transitioned from being enslaved to being sharecroppers.

39 Sharecropping Activity 05:35

This lesson has students categorizing Black Codes and Jim Crow Segregation Laws.

40 Introduction to The Gilded Age 12:02

Students are introduced to the Gilded Age / Second Industrial Revolution during this lesson.

40 Introduction to The Gilded Age Activity 05:15

In this lesson students will match Robber Barons with their respective titles.

41 Post Civil War Review 12:03

This review looks at key events associated with Reconstruction, Sharecropping, and The Gilded Age to ensure students do well on the Section 8 quiz.

41 Post Civil War Review Activity 04:53

Students will write a bullet style description of ten events of the era without referring to their notes to see if they are ready for the Section 8 quiz.

Section 9: Course Review & Final Exam

42 Course Review & Final Exam 16:41

A thorough review of key events and people covered during the course is accomplished to assist in the success of students on the course final exam.

U.S. History for 6th, 7th and 8th graders is composed of 9 sections with 41 lessons and 41 engaging activities designed to prepare students for each lesson's accompanying quiz.  There is also a well thought out course review to prepare students for the course final exam.  The focus of the course is on U.S. History, and events that impacted the history of America, from 1492 through 1877.  Here is more detail:

  • 9 Sections
  • 41 Video Lessons with 41 PowerPoint Note Files
  • 41 Lesson Quizzes with Answers in Resource Section
  • 41 Engaging Video Activity Lessons with PowerPoint Slides and Answers 
  • Over 13 hours of video lecture
  • 160 quiz and final exam questions that assess the material within the instructional videos 

 

Course Goals:

By taking this course students will have a better understanding of the history of our nation from the days of colonization through the Reconstruction Era (1492-1877)

 

Target Audience: This course is designed for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  

 

Course Requirements: Students taking this course will need to complete each lesson, each lesson's engaging activity, and each lesson's quiz as well as course final exam to complete the course.  It is intended that students review the videos or take notes in order to be able to complete the engaging activities associated with each lesson as well as the assessment at the end of each section. 

 

Course Topics: 

Section 1: Exploration and Colonization

Lesson 1: Historical Eras

Lesson 2: Pre-Columbian Native Americans

Lesson 3: European Exploration of The Americas Activity

Lesson 4: European Colonization of The Americas

Lesson 5: English Colonization of the Americas 

Lesson 6: Review of Exploration and Colonization

 

Section 2: English Settlement of North America

Lesson 7: English Settlement of New England

Lesson 8: The Economy and Culture of New England

Lesson 9: English Settlement of The Middle Colonies

Lesson 10: The Economy and Culture of the English Middle Colonies

Lesson 11: English Settlement of The Southern Colonies

Lesson 12: The Economy and Culture of The English Southern Colonies

Lesson 13: The First Great Awakening

Lesson 14: Review of English Settlement of North America

 

Section 3: The American Revolution

Lesson 15: Key Events Leading to The American Revolution

Lesson 16: The American Revolution

Lesson 17: Review Covering Events Leading Up To and During The American Revolution

 

Section 4: Early Years of The Republic

Lesson 18: Creation of a Strong Federal Government

Lesson 19: The U.S. Constitution

Lesson 20: The Bill of Rights

Lesson 21: The Federalist Era

Lesson 22: Review Covering The Early Years of The Republic

 

Section 5: Expansion and Growth

Lesson 23: The Jeffersonian Republic

Lesson 24: Dyamics of Growth

Lesson 25: The First Industrial Revolution

Lesson 26: The Lowell Factory System

Lesson 27: War of 1812 Leads to Nationalism

Lesson 28: Beginning of Sectionalism

Lesson 29: Review Covering Expansion and Growth

 

Section 6: Slavery and Reform

Lesson 30: Slavery in The Antebellum South

Lesson 31: A Perfect America

Lesson 32: The Second Great Awakening

Lesson 33: Review Covering Slavery and Reform

 

Section 7: Growth and Sectionalism Lead to Civil War

Lesson 34: Manifest Destiny Leads to Growth

Lesson 35: Growth Leads to Sectionalism

Lesson 36: The U.S. Civil War

Lesson 37: Review Covering Growth and Sectionalism Leads to Civil War

 

Section 8: Reconstruction, Sharecropping, and Intro to The Gilded Age

Lesson 38: Reconstruction

Lesson 39: Sharecropping

Lesson 40: Intro to The Gilded Age

Lesson 41: Review Covering Reconstruction, Sharecropping, and Introduction to The Gilded Age

 

Section 9: Course Review & Final Exam

Lesson 42: Course Review & Final Exam

  • Teacher: Joseph
  • Areas of expertise: United States History
  • Education: Composite Social Studies Certification Grades 6-12, B.A. in Geography, Bellevue University, M.A. in Resource Management, Webster University, 18 Graduate Hours in History, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Interests: I enjoy watching NASCAR, Indycar, and Formula 1 auto racing, visiting U.S. Civil War battle sties, and jogging and hiking for relaxation.
  • Skills: I pride myself in creating creative and engaging lesson activities that students tend to appreciate and find interesting, informative, and enjoyable!
  • Associations: Texas Classroom Teacher Association
  • Issues I care about: Teaching history without a political bias and ensuring my students have fun while they are learning is what I care about.

Teaching is my first love. I taught while spending a career in the military and have been teaching U.S. History at various levels since retiring from the military, to include Regular, Advanced Placement, Honors, Dual Credit, and at community college, for the past 16 years. My students stand out from their peers on state exams as well as on the Advanced Placement U.S. History exams. My greatest teaching achievement thus far has been being a recipient of the Lamar Award for Excellence in Education.

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Quiz and Final Exam Answers

Answers for all quizzes and the final exam.
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