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

Course Goals:
The eighth grade social studies program is designed to prepare students for high school.  More specifically, this course will prepare those who wish to pursue AP History in high school.  We will focus on building a strong foundation of research and writing skills, while expanding our scope and focus to include more complex, higher order thinking skills. 

Students will develop an understanding of conceptual and factual historical knowledge.  In addition, we will also focus on developing reading comprehension, formal reasoning, note-taking, research, working in groups, oral presentations, technology-based projects, highlighting, outlining, concept mapping (graphic organizers), current events, debates, and simulations.

Course Text:
History Alive:  The United States Through Industrialism:  Teachers’ Curriculum Institute, Palo Alto, CA, 2011. 

Online Textbook:
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Course Syllabus:
8th grade Social Studies Syllabus