Us historical Perspectives, Russell County Middle School, 8 th grade



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US Historical Perspectives, Russell County Middle School, 8th grade

Diane S. Blankenship, Gary E. Copley

Fourth Nine Weeks (March 7, 2014- May 12, 2014)

Topics for student learning will include the events leading up to the Civil War, the events of the war, and the effect on the lives of Americans.

Government and Civics Content:

SS-08-1.1.3

Students will describe and give examples of the ways the Constitution of the US is a document that can be changed from time to time through both formal and informal processes to meet the needs of its citizens.



SS-08-1.2.2

Students will explain the reasons why the powers of the state and national/federal governments are sometimes shared and sometimes separate.



  • Students will consider the impact of the Dred Scott Case on tensions in the US.

  • Students will analyze the Kansas-Nebraska Act and its effects on the slavery debate.

  • Students will explain the election of 1860 and its significance to the Civil War.

Cultures and Societies Content:

SS-08-2.2.1

Students will compare how cultures developed social institutions to respond to human needs, structure society and influence behavior.



SS-08-2.3.1

Students will explain how conflict and competition occurred among individuals and groups in the US prior to Reconstruction.



SS-08-2.3.2

Students will explain how compromise and cooperation were possible choices to resolve conflict among individuals and groups in the US prior to Reconstruction.



  • Students will analyze antislavery literature and its contribution to the Civil War.

  • Students will explain the impact of the Civil War on American culture.

Economics Content:

SS-08-3.1.1

Students will explain and give examples of how scarcity required individuals, groups and the government in the US prior to Reconstruction to make decisions about how productive resources were used.



SS-08-3.1.2

Students will identify how financial decisions by individuals and groups impacted historical events in US History prior to Reconstruction.



SS-08-3.2.1

Students will describe the economic system that developed in the US prior to Reconstruction.



SS-08-3.2.2

Students will explain how profit motivated individuals and groups to take risks in producing goods and services in the early US prior to Reconstruction and influenced the growth of a free enterprise system.



  • Students will explain the impact of the Civil War on the American economy.

Geography Content:

SS-08-4.1.1

Students will use a variety of geographic tools to interpret patterns and locations on Earth’s surface in US prior to Reconstruction.



SS-08-4.4.3

Students will explain how the natural resources of a place or region impact its political, social and economic development in the US prior to Reconstruction.



SS-08-4.4.4

Students will compare and contrast different perspectives that people have about how to use land in the US prior to Reconstruction.



  • Students will discuss how the annexation of new lands intensified the debate over slavery.

  • Students will explain the impact of the Civil War on the geographic boundaries of the US.

Historical Perspective Content:

SS-08-5.1.1

Students will use a variety of tools to describe and explain historical events and conditions and to analyze the perspectives of different individuals and groups in US history prior to Reconstruction.



SS-08-5.1.2

Students will explain how history is a series of connected events shaped by multiple cause-and-effect relationships and give examples of those relationships.



SS-08-5.2.4

Students will describe the political, social economic and cultural differences among sections of the US and explain how these differences resulted in the American Civil War.




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