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:

-Please read textbook pages 746-750, define the key terms and answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and 3, due on Thursday, March 22, 2018. 

-Please read textbook pages 752-755, define the key terms and answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and 3 due on Monday, March 26, 2018. 

-Roaring 1920's Examination on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. This will exam will have 18 multiple choice questions and a short response question. STUDY!

-Read textbook pages 770-775, due on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

-Read textbook pages 776-781, due on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

-Listen to the song "Brother, can you spare a dime?" After you have listened to this song from the Great Depression, please answer the following questions in a paragraph: What is the mood of the song? Does the song sound mostly happy, sad, angry, frustrated, or some other emotion? Why is the person asking if we can “spare a dime"? This assignment will be due on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

-The New Deal presentation will be due on Monday, April 23, 2018.

-Read textbook pages 782-787, due on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

-Read textbook pages 790-793, define key terms and answer questions #3, due on Friday, April 27, 2018.

-Read textbook pages 802-807, define key terms and answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and 3, due on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

-Read textbook pages 808-813, due on Monday, May 7, 2018.

-Read textbook pages 814-815, complete and analyze the question under, "Analyze Literature", due on Thursday, May 11, 2018. 

-Read textbook pages 816-820, define key terms and answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and 3, due on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

-Read textbook pages 821-827, define key terms and answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and 3, due on Monday, May 21, 2018.

-"Letter from a Congressman" assignment due on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

-Read and complete the questions on the "Anne Frank's Diary" and student perspective; due on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. 

-Read workbook pages 373-375, questions due on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

-Read textbook pages 836-841, define key terms and answer questions #1a-b, 2a-b, and 3, due on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Please note that the 8th grade Social Studies Final Examination will take place on Monday, June 11, 2018. The examination will be an essay question in which the students will be required to complete in their classroom. 

In order to better prepare the students for their examination, their essay question is as follows: 

Theme: Presidential Decisions and Actions

Throughout United States history, Presidents have taken actions to address critical problems facing the nation. These actions have met with varying degrees of success.

Select two presidents who took actions to address a critical problem faced by the nation and for each:

• Describe the historical circumstances that led to the problem
• Explain an action taken by the president to address the problem
• Discuss the extent to which this action resolved the problem

You may use any United States president from this year who took an action to solve a critical problem facing the nation from your study of United States history. Some suggestions you might wish to consider include: 

*Andrew Johnson-Reconstruction 
*Ulysses Grant- Westward Expansion
*Theodore Roosevelt- Monopolies or Urbanization or Immigration or Imperialism
*Woodrow Wilson-World War I
*Calvin Coolidge- Roaring 1920's
*Franklin D. Roosevelt—Great Depression or World War II