Eighth Grade History & Geography Online


Course Overview

  • Course Length:

    2 semesters.

  • Course Program:

    Homeschool Advantage – NFC Academy Teachers – Accredited

    Home School Edition – Home Teacher – Accredited

    Home School Basics – Home Teacher – Not Accredited

  • Accredited:

    Cognia-SACS, Middle States, FACCS

History and Geography 800 continues the process of developing in students an understanding of and appreciation for God’s activity as seen in the record of man and his relationships. The 8th grade homeschool curriculum focuses on American History, covering the subject from early exploration through the present day, with special emphasis given to the Civil War and to inventions and technology of the 19th and early 20th centuries. These areas of focus target three major content strands: History, Geography, and Government and Citizenship.

Students will explore the history of the United States from its early explorers to the present time. From the colonization and the quest for independence, to the Civil War, the Cold War, and the challenges America faces today as a global power, students explore the growth and challenges faced by this young nation. Lessons in this interactive course begin with a look at Spain’s exploration and trading expeditions across the sea, the discovery of the New World, the colonial politics of the British, and the establishment of the colonies. Discussions examine major milestones and stumbling blocks including the quest for independence and westward expansion. Course materials give students a sweeping perspective based on historical facts and political movements that transformed the United States from a group of colonies into the 50 United States of America.

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Course Concepts & Samples

Curriculum Focus

  • Identify Significant Explorers, Such As Christopher Columbus, Francisco Coronado, Sir Francis Drake, Ferdinand Magellan, Henry Hudson, Jacques Cartier, and Samuel De Champlain, Noting Their Accomplishments.
  • Understand How Conflict Between the American Colonies and Great Britain Led to American Independence.
  • Understand Political, Economic, and Social Changes that Occurred in the United States During the 19th Century, Including Changes Resulting from the Industrial Revolution, and Explain How These Changes Led to 1) Movement Into The Western Frontier, and 2)Conflict Among Sections of the United States.
  • Describe the Causes and Effects of the Civil War and Its Aftermath.
  • Describe the Causes and Effects of Both World Wars.
  • Understand Some of the Key Challenges Facing American Society in the Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries.
  • Additionally, Students Will Gain Practice in Report-Writing, Covering Topics Like the Thirteen Colonies, the U.S. Constitution, the Civil War, Inventors, and More.

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