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.

Upcoming Assignments:
Read textbooks pages 736-740 and answer questions #1a-b, #2a-b, and #3, this is due on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. 

Read textbook pages 741-745 and answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and #3, this is due on Friday, March 31, 2017. 

Read textbook pages 753-755 and answer questions #1a-b, #2a-b, and #3 this is due on Friday, April 6, 2017. 

"Roaring 1920's" Exam on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

Read textbook pages 776-781 and answer questions #1a-b, #2a-b, and #3 this is due on Thursday, April 27, 2017. 

"Great Depression and New Deal" Essay Test on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. 

  • The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but had a profound impact upon American society. It started in 1929 and lasted until the late 1930's or middle 1940's. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected in 1932 to solve the problems of the depression, he developed the New Deal programs to help the American people.

  • Your task will be to decide whether or not you think the New Deal was a success or failure. What evidence did you use to support your claim? Did the New Deal end the Great Depression? What other evidence would you need to strengthen your claim?


  • Key Ideas and Support which will assist you in developing your response include; the New Deal Programs (Alphabet Soup), Unemployment figures in 1929 and 1940, public response to the New Deal, the impact these programs had upon the American public, and influence of the programs.