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Grade 8

Social Studies curriculum at the middle school addresses National Social Studies Standards and the Connecticut Social Studies Curriculum Framework. Curriculum writing is an ongoing process and while our department is due for a complete rewrite, we have begun addressing the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.

Our current Social Studies disciplines of study at the middle school consist of Grade 6 Ancient Civilization, Grade 7 World Geography and Grade 8 U.S. History. As a department we strongly believe that students should know where we came from, how governments developed and study our own American government. Our goal is to have students understand what it means to be a citizen in their town as well as in the United States. They will also explore their role as a citizen in the global community.

Social Studies goals are 21st century skills as referenced by the Common Core Standards that include interactive learning, higher-level thinking skills and student engagement. Students are asked to think critically to set up and solve real world problems across all three grade levels. Students learn to communicate their ideas in a variety of modes: speaking, written and use of technology.

Content knowledge plays a critical role in the Social Studies disciplines. It gives students background knowledge to draw upon when new ideas are presented, such as current events. Map skills and learning to read, create and analyze graphs along with content knowledge, enable our students to address Common Core expectations such as citing evidence from text as well as other ancillaries to support their arguments.

Social Studies curriculum naturally aligns itself with the Common Core expectations as we want all to students to be able to:

  • Learn content knowledge
  • Read and understand complex text

  • Know and understand statistics shown in a variety of graphics

  • Ability to analyze the above verbally and in writing

Lastly, our Grades 6-8 curriculum is built on a continuum. Skills are introduced in grade 6 and are expanded over the three year period, taking into consideration the children’s development. Skills are integrated over the different content areas and become more rigorous over time.

Grade 8 Resources
Course Overview Sheet Grade 8 United States History (Updated On: 08/10/2015 12:20 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Gr 4-8_SS_Youth Vote_Local Elections_October 2003 (Updated On: 08/14/2014 03:08 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Gr 6-8_SS_Youth Vote_September 2004 (Updated On: 08/14/2014 03:07 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Gr 7-8_SS_Constitution Day Resources Activities_July 2006 (Updated On: 08/14/2014 03:08 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Gr K-12_SS_Philosophy_October 2005 (Updated On: 08/14/2014 03:09 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Grade 8_Unit 1_Revolutionary War Era_July 2015 (Updated On: 08/10/2015 12:21 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Grade 8_Unit 2_Foundations of a Nation 1787-1812_July 2015 (Updated On: 08/10/2015 12:21 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Grade 8_Unit 3_Westward Expansion_July 2015 (Updated On: 08/10/2015 12:22 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Grade 8_Unit 4_A Changing Nation-Immigration and Reformation_July 2015 (Updated On: 08/10/2015 12:22 PM) Rating 0 out of 5
Grade 8_Unit 5_The Civil War Era_July 2015 (Updated On: 08/10/2015 12:22 PM) Rating 0 out of 5