Social Studies

Category: Eighth Grade

American History

• Analyze current events relevant to American History topics through electronic and print media sources, including analysis of charts, graphs, maps, photographs, timelines, and political cartoons


• Differentiate fact from opinion, utilizing historical research and fiction/nonfiction support materials

• Compare interpretations of key events and issues throughout American History

• View historic events through the eyes of those who were there as shown in their art, writings, music, and artifacts

• Study the colonization of early America and the American Revolution including causes/effects, influential people, impact, reactions, and consequences


• Use geographic terms and tools for a variety of purposes, including describing and analyzing significant regions in American History, explaining renewable and nonrenewable resources, describing major ecosystems, analyzing the effects of migration and cultural diffusion, and studying the development and growth of cities

• Describe human dependence on the physical environment and the impact of human modifications

• Interpret databases, case studies, and maps to describe the role regions play in influencing trade, migration patterns, and cultural/political interaction throughout time

• Illustrate places and events in U.S. history through the use of narratives and graphic representations


• Examine motivating economic factors that influences the development of the U.S. economy over time

• Analyze the contributions of entrepreneurs, inventors, and other key individuals of various genders, social, and ethnic backgrounds

• Explain the economic impact of government policies

• Assess the role of minority groups in the economic development of the U.S.

• Evaluate domestic and international interdependence

Civics and Government

• Identify the constitutional provisions for establishing citizenship and apply the rights and principles contained in the Constitution and Bill of Rights to the lives of citizens today

• Compare views of self-government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens held by Patriots, Loyalists, and other colonists

• Evaluate how amendments to the Constitution have expanded voting rights from our nation’s early history to present day

• Evaluate and compare the essential ideals and principles of American constitutional government expressed in primary sources from the colonial period to Reconstruction

In addition to strict adherence to the NGSSS, the comprehensive social studies program at The School will meet state requirements for instruction in African-American History, the Holocaust, Hispanic Contributions to the U.S., Women’s Contributions to the U.S., Veterans’ Contributions to the U.S., and Character Education, including all nine core values (citizenship, cooperation, fairness, honesty, integrity, kindness, pursuit of excellence, respect, and responsibility).

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