Social Studies 8
  • All course content and assignments will be located on our class page in CANVAS.

    Below is a list of topics covered during the year-long Social Studies course. The course covers the California State Social Studies Content Standards and Common Core. Additionally, the course addressed Project-Based Learning, Deeper Learning through hands-on exploration and real-world problem solving, Blended and Online Learning, and Competency-Based Learning. 

    Units of Study 

    Students will study the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution up to World War I, with an emphasis on America’s role in the war. After reviewing the development of America’s democratic institutions founded on the JudeoChristian heritage and English parliamentary traditions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and economy and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences. They will learn about the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War. They make connections between the rise of industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions.  ( (Links to an external site.))

    This year there will be 5 major Units of Study over the course of this year-long class. The units are listed below. 

    Unit 1: The Development of American Constitutional Democracy

    Unit 2: Envisioning a New America

    Unit 3: The Divergent Paths of the American People: 1800–1850

    Unit 4: The Causes, Course, and Consequences of the Civil War

    Unit 5: The Rise of Industrial America: 1877–1910

    Adapted from History Social Science Framework for California Public Schools (Links to an external site.)

    Our textbook this year will be E Pluribus Unum. 


    Common Core State Standards

    Key Ideas and Details:

    Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
    Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
    Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

    Craft and Structure:

    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
    Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
    Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).

    Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

    Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
    Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
    Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

    Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

    By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.