In Tennessee, the eighth grade social studies class goes through American history, from colonial times through Reconstruction. This booklet covers everything that happened in Tennessee during that era which is required in the standards, and more!
(Click on the right to read the Table of Contents).
"I love these booklets!" says Traci Freeman, an eighth grade teachers at Rural Vale School in Monroe County. "When I use them, I can see Tennessee history come alive in my students, especially when they connect the information to the "big picture" of our nation's history!"
Fire poured into our very faces contains entire chapters on explorers and longhunters in Tennessee, the early Watauga settlement, the journey of the Donelson Party, the Lost State of Franklin, the Southwest Territory and how Tennessee became a state.
Imbedded in this text you will find explanations of events such as the Battle of Kings Mountain, the Treaty of the Holston, the Nickajack Expedition, the Natchez Trace and many other things specifically cited in the new standards.
And talk about primary sources! Under the new standards, teachers are supposed to expose their students to an excerpt from John Donelson's journal as he led a flotilla of boats west on the Tennessee River in the winter of 1779-80.
Fire poured into our very faces contains two-pages straight from the journal!
The Civil War is the central event covered in eighth grade. This booklet contains three chapters and three sidebars on the Civil War in Tennessee, explaining what happened at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Parker's Crossroads, Knoxville, Franklin, Nashville and other battles.
The booklet also talks about the specific contributions of Tennessee natives such as David Farragut, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Sam Watkins, Champ Ferguson and others.