Mr. Craig Damiano
8th Grade U.S. History
Benold Middle School
Phone: 943-5000 x.6962
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I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Texas A&M University-Central Texas and I am certified to teach all Social Studies courses grades 8-12. I am originally from Virginia but the military has brought my family and me to the Central Texas area. I retired from the Army after 20 years of service and I am now teaching so I may continue to serve my community. I have been married for 19 years and my family is very important to me. I have a son who is a Freshman at Texas Tech University. I enjoy fishing, reading, watching movies and spending time with my family.
The students study the history of the United States from the early colonial period through Reconstruction. The content in Grade 8 builds upon that from Grade 5 but provides more depth and breadth. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, religious, and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of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 describe the physical characteristics of the United States and their impact on population distribution and settlement patterns in the past and present. 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, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights, reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents. Students evaluate the impact of Supreme Court cases and major reform movements of the 19th century and examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States as well as the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic. Students evaluate the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of the United States. Students use critical-thinking skills, including the identification of bias in written, oral, and visual material.Schedule1st Period PAP U.S. History2nd Period On Level U.S. History3rd Period Conference Period4th Period PAP U.S. HistoryLUNCH5th Period PAP U.S. History6th Period Content Period7th Period On Level U.S. History