Objective: U.S. History - In this course of study, students will survey the history of the United States of America. The course begins with the years leading to the American Revolution and continues to the post-revolutionary period to examine how the Constitution was written. The course continues through the tumultuous antebellum period, and concludes with a look at the trauma of the American Civil War. 

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    An Introduction to Grade 8 - Social Studies - U.S. History

    • Welcome!

  • 02

    Prerequisite 1 - Historiography

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Prerequisite 1 - Historiography - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Prerequisite 1 - Historiography - QUIZ

    • US History, Historiography, Philosophy, and Enlightenment - Live Lesson with Professor Connolly - Jan 21 @ 9 Am Pacific

  • 03

    Prerequisite 2 - What is Philosophy?

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Prerequisite 2 - Philosophy - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Prerequisite 2 - Philosophy - QUIZ

  • 04

    Prerequisite 3 - The Enlightenment

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Prerequisite 3 - The Enlightenment - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Prerequisite 3 - The Enlightenment - QUIZ

  • 05

    CHAPTER I - A NEW NATION

    • Chapter I - A New Nation Introduction

  • 06

    A New Nation - Lesson 1 - The 1740's

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 1 - The 1740's - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 1 - The 1740's - QUIZ

  • 07

    A New Nation - Lesson 2 - The French and Indian War

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 2 - The French and Indian War - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 2 - The French and Indian War - QUIZ

    • French and Indian War Images

  • 08

    A New Nation - Lesson 3 - Growing Discontent

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 3 - Growing Discontent - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 3 - Growing Discontent - QUIZ

  • 09

    A New Nation - Lesson 4 - A Shot Heard 'Round the World

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 4 - A Shot Heard 'Round the World - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 4 - A Shot Heard 'Round the World - QUIZ

  • 10

    A New Nation - Lesson 5 - The Declaration of Independence

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 5 - The Declaration of Independence - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 5 - The Declaration of Independence - QUIZ

  • 11

    A New Nation - Lesson 6 - The American Revolution

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 6 - The American Revolution - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 6 - The American Revolution - QUIZ

  • 12

    A New Nation - Lesson 7 - Independence and the Treaty of Paris

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 7 - Independence and the Treaty of Paris - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 7 - Independence and the Treaty of Paris - QUIZ

  • 13

    A New Nation - Lesson 8 - Early Politics

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A New Nation - Lesson 8 - Early Politics - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A New Nation - Lesson 8 - Early Politics - QUIZ

  • 14

    A New Nation - Exam

    • A New Nation Essay Topics

    • Essay Grading Rubric for Catholic Online School

  • 15

    CHAPTER II - SHAPING THE CONSTITUTION

    • Chapter II - Shaping the Constitution - Introduction

  • 16

    Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 1 - Historical Documents

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Lesson 1 - Historical Documents - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Lesson 1 - Historical Documents - QUIZ

  • 17

    Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 2 - Articles of Confederation

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 2 - Articles of Confederation - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 2 - Articles of Confederation - QUIZ

  • 18

    Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 3 - The Constitution Preamble

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 3 - The Constitution Preamble - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 3 - The Constitution Preamble - QUIZ

  • 19

    Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 4 - Articles of the Constitution

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 4 - Articles of the Constitution - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 4 - Articles of the Constitution - QUIZ

  • 20

    Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 5 - Checks and Balances

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 5 - Checks and Balances - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 5 - Checks and Balances - QUIZ

  • 21

    Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 6 - The Bill of Rights

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 6 - The Bill of Rights - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 6 - The Bill of Rights - QUIZ

  • 22

    Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 7 - Later Amendments

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 7 - Later Amendments - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • Shaping the Constitution - Lesson 7 - Later Amendments - QUIZ

  • 23

    Shaping the Constitution - Exam

    • Shaping the Constitution Essay Topics

    • Essay Grading Rubric for Catholic Online School

  • 24

    CHAPTER III - THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM

    • Chapter III - The American Political System

  • 25

    The American Political System - Lesson 1 - Are Politics Really Boring?

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The American Political System - Lesson 1 - Are Politics Really Boring? - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The American Political System - Lesson 1 - Are Politics Really Boring? - QUIZ

  • 26

    The American Political System - Lesson 2 - Political Parties

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The American Political System - Lesson 2 - Political Parties - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The American Political System - Lesson 2 - Political Parties - QUIZ

  • 27

    The American Political System - Lesson 3 - The Electoral College

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The American Political System - Lesson 3 - The Electoral College - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The American Political System - Lesson 3 - The Electoral College - QUIZ

  • 28

    The American Political System - Lesson 4 - How Laws are Made

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • The American Political System - Lesson 4 - How Laws are Made - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • The American Political System - Lesson 4 - How Laws are Made - QUIZ

  • 29

    US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 1 - The War of 1812

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 1 - The War of 1812 - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • US Foreign Policy in the New Republic - Lesson 1 - The War of 1812 - QUIZ

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Professor Marshall Connolly has spent his life in service to God and the Church as an educator and writer. He is a graduate of the California State University system and has earned bachelor's degrees in English and History, as well as a teaching credential. He has completed additional studies at Whitman College, and the University of San Diego. His interests include science and apologetics and he writes on both subjects for Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.

He serves as the first Director of Education for Catholic Online School.

Professor Marshall Connolly

Director of Education