Skip to main content

8th US History

8th US History

        It is my pleasure to be teaching U.S. History to 1877 this year.  In Grade 8, students study the history of the United States from the early colonial period through Reconstruction.  Historical content focuses on the political, economic, religious, and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, challenges of the early republic, the Age of Jackson, westward expansion, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Students analyze the various economic factors that influenced the development of colonial America and the early years of the republic and identify the origins of the free enterprise system. Students examine the American beliefs and principles, including limited government, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights, reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents. Students use critical-thinking skills, including the identification of bias in written, oral, and visual material.

Class Resources

Syllabus 2016-2017

1st Six Weeks Calendar 2016-2017

Class Supplies

The Following Supplies Should Be Brought to Class Every day:

Writing Pen (blue or black only)

Red Pen

No. 2 Pencil  

Wide-ruled (only) notebook paper

1 Three-Ring Hardback Binder (1.5 inch width)

5 Dividers 

The following supplies should be brought to class whenever we work on technology:

2 GB (or greater) Flash Drive

Small Pair of Headphones or Ear Buds 

Students are asked to bring the following items for classroom use:

3 Pack of Gluesticks


 Updated 5-23-18

Matt Brennan

Upcoming Events

Contact Matt Brennan

Classroom Number:
Conference Time: