8th Grade Social Studies



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8th Grade Social Studies

Colorado Standards were revised in 2010 and the Social Studies Standards now set forth expectations that concentrate on skills and understandings that focuses on America between Colonization and Reconstruction (1600’s- 1877), which will be the focus of our studies. Social Studies is not just history, it also encompasses skills in civics, political science, economics, geography, sociology, and other social sciences.

This year is a fantastic year for a Social Studies teacher; we have the 2012 General Election to use as a tool for understanding Social Studies. Therefore, even though the focus is on Historical America, I will be using the General Election to bring those lessons of history to today’s world and education. After all yesterday’s news is todays history.

Also, as an on-going Geography project students will be choosing 4 States to make a Travel Brochure and Presentation on throughout the year (1 per Quarter). Rubrics were handed out during the first week of school for the Travel Brochure, Extended Writing, Collaboration, and Newspaper Articles , I will provide other Rubrics as needed .

Within the Context of this web site, Items in Red will be assignments meant to be done at home or completed at home for homework. Items in Blue are what we will be doing in class. If your student is gone from class, I hope this will help them to keep up. I also will be using Edmodo for some assignments, especially during the election season.

Colonial America

2.1.d Explain the establishment of human settlements in relationship to physical attributes and important regional connections.

• Examine why Europeans colonized the Americas. Discussion and Background Knowledge on Exploring the Americas, with France, England and Spain as the focus of the discussions.

• Describe the reasons for the founding of the three colonial regions (New England, Middle and Southern colonies). Group work with the three Regions (Read Chapter 3 in History Book for 8/28/12)

2.1.a Interpret maps and other geographic tools as a primary source to analyze a historic issue.

• Identify and map the geographic boundaries of the three colonial regions of the 13 original colonies. (Using resourses from the book, internet, develop a complete accurate map of the 13 original colonies).

2.2.a Analyze how economic, political, cultural, and social processes interact to shape patterns of human

population, interdependence, cooperation and conflict. Group work for class 8/28/12-8/30/12

3.1.a Give examples of international differences in resources, productivity, and prices that provide a basis for international trade.

• Differentiate between New England, Middle and Southern Colonies (resources, culture, lifestyles and economic systems).

2.2.a Analyze how economic, political, cultural, and social processes interact to shape patterns of human

population, interdependence, cooperation and conflict.

• Analyze and evaluate the justification for the use of slavery in the colonies (middle passage, slave trade, plantations, and cash crops).

2.1.d Explain the establishment of human settlements in relationship to physical attributes and important regional connections.

• Examine early colonial establishments (Jamestown, Salem, Boston, and Roanoke).

4.1.a Describe instances in which major political, social, economic, or cultural changes occurred and the reasons for the changes.

• Examine early colonial society including Pilgrims, Puritans, Mayflower Compact, Magna Carta, Benjamin Franklin, John Locke, Great Awakening and the Enlightenment.

1.2.b Evaluate continuity and change over the course of United States history by examining various eras and determining major sources of conflict and compromise.

• Examine the causes and effects of conflicts and challenges faced by early settlers (French and Indian War, King Phillip’s War, Treaty of Paris).



Adapted from HSD2 Grade 8 Social Studies Curriculum Map: 2011-2012



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