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Social Studies

8th Grade Social Studies Scope and Sequence

In 8th grade, the 3 units in social studies are guided overarching questions that support the standards and content listed below.

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PowerStandards

Civics

SS.CV.2.6-8.MdC: Explain the origins, functions, and structure of government with reference to the U.S. Constitution, Illinois Constitution and other systems of government.

SS.CV.4.6-8.MdC: Analyze the ideas and principles contained in the founding documents of the United States and other countries, and explain how they influence the social and political system.

SS.CV.1.6-8.MC: Evaluate the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media.

SS.CV.3.6-8.LC, MdC, MC: Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good, and protect rights.

History

SS.H.4.6-8.MC: Organize applicable evidence into a coherent argument about the past.

Essential and Supporting Questions

  • What were the circumstances that led to the Constitutional Convention?
  • How does the Constitution limit the power of government?
  • How has the role of government in the lives of its citizens changed over time?

Students will be able to… 

  • Explain the philosophical basis of representative government
  • Evaluate the reasons for the colonies separation from England
  • Summarize the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation.
  • Explain the structure and function of the United States Government as outlined in the United States Constitution. 
  • Explain how to make changes to the constitution today.
  • Make connections to present day events in politics.
  • Compare the US Constitution and the Illinois Constitution

Unit: How did the United States grow from an isolated nation to a world superpower?

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Civics

SS.CV.6.6-8.MdC; Analyze the purposes, implementation, and consequences of public policies in historic and contemporary settings.

History

SS.H.2.6-8.MdC: Analyze multiple factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras.

SS.H.3.6-8.LC: Classify the kinds of historical sources used in secondary interpretation.

SS.H.4.6-8.MC: Organize applicable evidence into a coherent argument about the past.

Essential and Supporting Questions

  • What were the reasons for America’s political isolation from Europe during its first century of existence?
  • What factors drew the United States into WWI?
  • How did the circumstances surrounding the end of WWI send America back into isolationism?
  • What influences led to the United States not entering WWII until 1941? 
  • How did WWII alter America’s role in world politics?
  • How did America’s role in WWII alter world politics? 

Unit:How can groups of people successfully fight for their rights?

PowerStandards

Civics

SS.CV.1.6-8.MC: Evaluate the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media.

SS.H.1.6-8.MdC: Analyze connections among events and developments in broader historical contexts.

SS.CV.6.6-8.MdC; Analyze the purposes, implementation, and consequences of public policies in historic and contemporary settings.

SS.CV.2.6-8.MdC: Explain the origins, functions, and structure of government with reference to the U.S. Constitution, Illinois Constitution and other systems of government.

SS.CV.3.6-8.LC, MdC, MC: Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good, and protect rights

 

History

SS.H.2.6-8.MdC: Analyze multiple factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras

SS.H.3.6-8.LC: Classify the kinds of historical sources used in secondary interpretation.

SS.H.4.6-8.MC: Organize applicable evidence into a coherent argument about the past.

Essential and Supporting Questions

  • What are some common characteristics shared by different genocides?
  • What injustices did African Americans face in the century following the Civil War?
  • How did the Civil Rights Movement bring about meaningful change for African Americans?
  • How did other emerging social movements follow the template of the Civil Rights movement to bring about meaningful change?
  • How do modern day protest movements compare in both goals and in tactics to their predecessors?

Students will be able to….

  • Identify the characteristics of a genocide
  • Summarize the negative consequences of segregation
  • Evaluate different protest strategies
  • Recognize the changes effected by the Civil Rights Movement?
  • Compare the Civil Rights Movement to other emerging social movements.
  • Identify leaders and events important to a variety of social movements.