Grade 8

8th Grade Social Studies

The year before high school is always jam packed with exams and preparing for one of the biggest transitions of our students' education. Establishing writing and analytical skills will be critical. With this year, the students will look at the conclusion of the Civil War and the aftermath this conflict had on the United States. We will take an in-depth look into the changing American society with the Industrial Revolution, effects on urban populations, immigration, and progressive movement.

Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, we will connect the American ideas of imperialism and expansionism, along with the First World War and the Roaring 1920’s. An emphasis will be made on the impact of the Great Depression/ New Deal programs and World War II, on life in the states and aboard. Lastly, together we will explore the Civil Rights Movement, the wars in Korea and Vietnam, the conclusion of the tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, and the turn of the millennium.

8th Grade Assignments:

-School contract must be signed and returned to Mr. Clareen by Wednesday, September 6, 2017. 

-"Reconstruction" Take Home Quiz due on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

-Read workbook pages 249-250, answer questions and complete review on page 251 due on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

-Write a summary of the main ideas of the "A Failed Revolution" packet, this will be due on Friday, September 22, 2017. 

-Reconstruction Essay due on Monday, September 25, 2017.

-Read pages 578-581 in the textbook and answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and #3; this will be due on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.   

-Bring in baby and current photograph, have parents fill out the first sheet, please have this in by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  

-"Wild West Frontier" Take Home Quiz due on Friday, October 6, 2017. 

-Read textbook pages 584-589 in the textbook and define key terms on page 584, answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and 3 due on Friday, October 20, 2017.

-Complete "These are the Sioux" and "Journal of James Bell" worksheets, these are due on Monday, October 23, 2017.   

-Complete "Buffalo Hunt" reading and question; "What roles did women and men play in the buffalo hunt she describes?" due Wednesday, October 25, 2017. 

-Document Based Question essay exam on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The essay question is, "Describe three ways that living in the west contributed to the development of Democracy in America."

* "Respect Life" Project due on Monday, November 6, 2017. 

-Read textbook pages 608-613 in the textbook and define the key terms on page 608, answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and 6 due on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

-Read and complete "Inventions Change the Nation" worksheet due on Thursday, November 9, 2017.  

-"Becoming an Industrial Giant" Take Home Quiz due on Monday, November 13, 2017. 

-Read textbook pages 620-624 and define key terms. Please be sure to take detailed notes on the information you are reading. We will be using your notes in class tomorrow. Due on Thursday, November 16, 2017.  

-Western Expansion Research Essay and presentation due on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.