History 8

This course is an in-depth study of United States history from the colonial period to the beginning of the twentieth century. Students will investigate the people, concepts, and events leading to the foundation of the United States and its constitutional form of government. The class also examines westward expansion, the rise of sectionalism, industrialization, urbanization, and the impact and contribution of immigrants. Our text is The American Journey, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill and The National Geographic Society.


Critical Thinking Skills


Writing, Speaking, and Study Skills


The purpose of the field trip option is to encourage students to get out and visit local historical sites and museums. Students may also propose a field trip if they are traveling out of state to another historic site. Students may earn up to 10 points of extra credit each quarter.




John Steinbeck Museum, Salinas

Chinese Immigration Station, Angel Island

John Muir House, Martinez

Jack London Museum and Wolf House, Glen Ellen

Oakland Museum, California History

Portola Cross and Mission Carmel, Monterey

Presidio Military Museum, Fort Ord, Monterey

Monterey Historic Walk, Monterey (this includes The Custom House, Colton Hall, and the Indian Exhibits

Sutter’s Fort and Indian Museum, Sacramento

Railroad Museum and Old Town, Sacramento

Fort Point, San Francisco

Mission Dolores, San Francisco

Donner Party Museum, Donner Lake