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 in the United States. We will take an in-depth look at 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:

-Read textbook pages 644-648, define key terms and take detailed notes; assignment due on Thursday, December 7, 2017. 

-Take Home Quiz due on Friday, December 15, 2017; be sure to include the definition of the people, terms, and answer questions #1-4 in the "Main Idea" section. 

-Progressive Era Examination on Thursday, December 21, 2017. The exam will be both multiple choice and an analysis of primary source documents.

-Read up to Chapter 6 in  The Shack, by Wednesday, January 3, 2018. 

-Read textbook pages 680-685, define key terms and take detailed notes; assignment due on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  

-Imperialism Quiz on Friday, January 19, 2018. 

-Midterm Examination will be on Friday, February 2, 2018. A study guide will be made available to the students on Monday, January 15, 2018. Their examination will only be 50 multiple choice questions. 

-Read textbook pages 706-711, define key terms and answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and 3; assignment due on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.