I'm working with my department to re-design the 7th/8th grade curriculum to be an American History curriculum with a focus on the globalization of the world. The 7th grade year would start in 1400 and go to about 1900 and the 8th grade year would go from 1900 to present. It used to be a survey of U.S. history from 1400 to 1960 in the 7th grade and a world history course from pre-history to 1400 AD. We're trying to put together the course so that it is through the lens of American history but not so" Americentric" so that it covers much more of a diverse range of perspectives than a traditional U.S. survey course.
Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts in general or ideas for resources such as textbooks or primary documents.