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Middle School U.S. History Curriculum

Middle School U.S. History Curriculum
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A U.S. history curriculum for middle schoolers covers important events, geography, and key turning points as they relate to the development of the United States of America. Students will research and analyze how various eras shaped U.S. history, gain an understanding of political changes, explore the importance of cultural diversity, and more.

How to Teach U.S. History?

Teaching U.S. history for middle school is an opportunity for your student to learn about all the important events and people that helped establish and shape the United States. By making your child’s U.S. history curriculum come alive, he or she will be engaged and more open to learning.

Below are a few tips to help you teach U.S. history.

  • Set the stage for each lesson with a story, visual aid or props
  • Activate your child’s prior knowledge with questions before beginning a lesson
  • Use technology/multimedia to bring lessons to life
  • Ask questions and have open discussions to develop critical thinking skills
  • Focus on true understanding of events and concepts rather than just facts
  • Use maps, videos, charts, and more to add depth to the material
  • Incorporate writing assignments and reading comprehension exercises to build literacy skills
  • Incorporate field trips to living history museums, national parks and other historic destinations
  • Measure your child’s progress at the end of each lesson/chapter with a quiz, test or other assessment method

U.S. History Objectives for Middle Schoolers

An American history homeschool curriculum will include numerous objectives for students. By the end of the eighth grade year, students should be able to explain important principles pertaining to U.S. history, describe specific events, and identify the impact of these events.

Below are just a few middle school U.S. history curriculum objectives.

  • Explain the foundations of democratic rule in the American colonies.
  • Identify the freedoms provided to all citizens in the Bill of Rights.
  • Examine the rise of the abolitionist movement.
  • Describe the cultural and economic challenges facing new immigrants.
  • Explain the economic changes that took place in the 1920s.
  • Describe the events that resulted in the breakup of the Soviet Union.
  • Describe the events of 9/11 and the U.S. response to those events.

Why Choose Time4Learning U.S. History Homeschool Curriculum

The Time4Learning U.S. history homeschool curriculum for middle school is designed to give students a thorough understanding of how the U.S. was founded by giving them an in-depth look at the events and people who were a part of it. Through interactive lessons and engaging activities led by experienced teachers, your child will delve into everything from the nation’s geography to the foundations of democracy and so much more.

Below are just some of the benefits that come with using Time4Learning’s middle school U.S. history curriculum.

As a Full Curriculum
  • Comprehensive U.S. history course correlates to all state standards
  • 10 chapters focus on topics such as Civil War and Reconstruction, the Roaring 20s, WWII, and more
  • Multimedia-based approach includes rigorous instruction as well as humor and positive reinforcement
  • Lessons feature maps, charts, graphs, photographs, and videos to promote further understanding
  • Each lesson includes content-specific vocabulary to improve literacy skills
  • Lessons include interactive reading and writing assignments that allow students to build critical thinking and communication skills
  • Automated grading and recordkeeping features save parents time
  • Activity planners and curriculum calculators help keep students organized and working independently
As a Supplement
  • 24/7 access allows students to log in and practice after school or on weekends
  • Warm-up activities engage students and activate prior knowledge
  • Lessons offer closed-captioning options for students with special needs or those who need extra support
  • Flexible, student-paced approach allow learners to work on their time and progress at their own pace
  • Students have the option to repeat lessons and even retake tests and quizzes
  • Students have access to a year’s worth of material, but can skip lessons and work only on those they need help with
  • Detailed lesson plans provide tons of information and help students easily locate specific topics within the curriculum

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Additional 8th-Grade Homeschool Resources

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