Social Studies - Grade 8

I. United States: Growth and Conflict
      A. Cultural Respect
           1. Replica: Ancient Culture
           2. Replica: Archaeoloical Dig
           3. Presentation: Artifact Photographs
           4. Display: Cultural Scrapbook

           5. Essay: Cultural Tapestry
           6. Language: Foreign Similarities
           7. Time Line: Immigration Laws
           8. Biographical Sketch: Famous U.S. Immigrants
           9. Recipes: Ethnic Foods

      B. Conflict Over Environment
           1. Interview: Native American Spiritual Beliefs
           2. Chant: Corn Ceremony
           3. Report: Before and After Columbus
           4. Book: Cheyenne Indians
           5. Charts: Culture Recreation
           6. Report: Cheyenne Indians Then and Now
           7. Debate: Treatment of Native Americans
      C. Strong Beliefs Contribute to Change and Conflict
           1. Time Line: Truths about Ocean and Earth
           2. Oral Report: Holy War
           3. Role Play: Social Status
           4. Invention: Spreading God's Word
           5. Analysis: Power of the Roman Catholic Church
           6. Design: Amish Quilt
      D. New Territory: Greater Recognition, Greater Responsibility
           1. Monologue: Character Traits of Adventurers
           2. Mobile: Historical Ships
           3. Map: The Known World
           4. Poem / Travel Log: Life at Sea
           5. Advertisement: Luxurious Liner
           6. Report: Northwest Passage
           7. Charts: Missions
           8. Research Paper: Impact of Missions
           9. Play: Lost Colony of Roanoke
         10. Dialogue: Sea Dog Attack
         11. Map: The Routes of Magellan and Drake
II. Colonial Settlement

      A. Newcomers Leave a Mark upon Civilization
           1. Letter: My Reasons for Joining the Colonists
           2. Map: Create-a-State
           3. Models: Castles and Forts
           4. Report: Comforts of Travel
           5. Chart: Types of Government
           6. Analysis: Religious Practice
           7. Report: Personal Freedom
           8. Analysis: Religious Freedom
           9. Map: North America Exploration
         10. Illustrations: Colonial Trades
      B. Personal Freedom and Conflict
           1. Skit: Witch Hunt!
           2. Poem: Life as a Slave
           3. Oral Report: Crime and Punishment
           4. Scrapbook: Legalese
           5. Scrapbook: Blue Laws
           6. Brainstorm: Equal Justice
           7. Oral Report: Misjudged!
           8. Illustration: British Court
           9. Research: The Great Awakening

      C. Rules and Government: Safety and Order
           1. Oral Report: Data Collection
           2. Debate: Data Collection
           3. Interview: Internal Revenue Service
      D. Community Laws Enforced by Government
           1. Interview: Libel Conviction
           2. Role Play: A Voice in Government
           3. Debate: 26th Amendment
           4. Political Cartoon: Current Laws
           5. Personal Testimony: Decisions, Decisions
           6. Mock Trial: Nathaniel Bacon

           7. Writing: International Peace Law
           8. Analysis: Mary Celeste Mystery
           9. Letter: Titanic Sunk!

III. A New Nation

      A. Restraints Resisted
           1. Role Play: Chief Pontiac
           2. Research: Imaginary Passport
           3. Report: Trade Laws
           4. Debate: Boston Tea Party
           5. Speech: Defeat Unfair Laws!
      B. Long-range Effects of War

           1. Diary: Soldier Attitude
           2. Essay: Problems of War
           3. Posters: We Want You!
           4. Report: Conditions of War
           5. Story: Switching Places
           6. Essay: "Knavery of Americans"
      C. Time and Distance Affect Human Relationships
           1. Song: Yankee Doodle
           2. Pamphlet: Urgent Matters
           3. Oral Report: Role of Women during War
           4. Cartoon: Declare Independence!
           5. Role Play: Government Official
           6. Game: Freedom for All
IV. A Firm Foundation
      A. Rules and Government: Safety and Order
           1. Report: Rights
           2. Mural: Freedom
           3. Monologue: I, the Constitution
           4. Speech: Presidential Campaign
           5. Chart: Bill of Rights
      B. Community Laws Enforced by Government

           1. Outline: The Role of the Vice President
           2. Letter: Revolution Advice
           3. Interview: Alien Act
           4. Flow Chart: A Bill Turns into Law
           5. Role Play: Washington's Advice
           6. Program: Constitutional Freedoms

           7. Chart: Plato's Law or U.S. Constitution?
      C. Rights, Responsibilities, and Privileges of Culture

           1. Oral Report: System of Voting
           2. Written Report: Government Spending
           3. Oral Report: Balance of Power
           4. Essay: Majority and Minority
           5. Essay: Nationalism
           6. Simulation: Political Campaign
      D. Development and Mutual Cooperation
           1. Skit: Lewis and Clark Expedition
           2. Travel Log: Expedition Comparison
           3. Oral Report: Women's Roles Analysis
           4. Report: St. Louis, City of Progress
           5. Map: Lewis and Clark Routes
           6. Bulletin Board: Expedition Discoveries

V. The Young Nation
      A. People and Environment are Interdependent
           1. Compromise: Solving a Problem
           2. News Article: Nullification Crisis
           3. Persuasive Speech: Pro-Union
           4. Diary: Trail of Tears
           5. Press Conference: Monroe Doctrine
      B. Utilizing Environment and Human Resources
           1. Book Review: Two Years before the Mast
           2. Political Cartoon: Labor Workers and Employers
           3. Pamphlet: Come to Our Fair City!
           4. Chart: Seasonal Influences
           5. Poster: Community Attraction
           6. Interview: Community Change

      C. Unique Culture and Geographic Variance
           1. Report: Patent Laws
           2. Story: Slavery Auction
           3. Narratives: Abolitionist Perspective
           4. Map: Southern Crops
      D. Reform: Social and Economic Changes
           1. Speech: Seneca Falls Resolution
           2. Graph: Voting and Property Ownership
           3. Character Sketches: Differing Philosophy
           4. Interview: Early Adventism
           5. Time Line: Development of Adventism

VI. Expansion and Civil War
      A. Personal Freedom and Conflict
           1. Research: Impact of Racial Books
           2. Play: Uncle Tom's Cabin
           3. News Article: Free the Slaves!
           4. Map: Underground Railroad
           5. Model: Underground Railroad
           6. Drama: Harriet Tubman Interview
           7. Debate: Slave vs. Free
           8. Essay: System of Slavery

      B. Living Together with Differences
           1. Role Play: Character Sketches
           2. Debate: Political Viewpoints
           3. Dialogue: Overcoming Prejudice
           4. Presentation: Forms of Prejudice
           5. Analysis: Prejudice

      C. Long-Term Effects of War
           1. Essay: Dred Scott Decision
           2. News Article: North and South
           3. Essay: After Slavery
      D. Reform: Social and Economic Changes
           1. Group Activity: Negro Spirituals
           2. Analysis: Hope for the Future
           3. Essay: Debates of 1858
           4. Letter: President Johnson Impeachment
           5. Report: Impeaching a President

VII. South America: A Land of Great Potential
      A. Natural Resources and Economy
           1. Story: Adventures
           2. Dictionary: Picture That
           3. Report: South American Economy
           4. Report: South American Industry
           5. Graph: World Waterfalls
           6. Report: Oil Discovery
           7. Report: Landlocked Bolivia
           8. Display: History of Llamas
           9. Pictorial Essay: Peruvian Farms
         10. Bulletin Board: Tin Production
         11. Book: Galapagos Wildlife
         12. Showcase: Copper's Value
         13. Chart: Chile's Land Regions
         14. Chart: Country Comparisons
         15. Model / Written Report: Hydroelectric Dams
         16. Time Line: Boom-and-Bust
         17. Graphs: Rivers in Brazil
         18. Oral Report: Jari Project
         19. Brochure: Tall Tale Trip
         20. Photo Essay: Brazil's Valuable Resources
         21. Poster: Rubber Products
      B. History Shapes Present
           1. News Bulletin: Revolution!
           2. Play: Switch Americas
           3. Monologue: In the Limelight
           4. Time Line: Revolution!
           5. Speech: Join Me in Revolt!
           6. Skit: Dictatorship or Democracy?
           7. Notebook: Quest for Independence
           8. Dictionary: Place Name Origin and Meaning
           9. Notebook: Rapid Growth
         10. Myths: Nazca Lines
         11. Written Report: Political Aspirations
         12. Bulletin Board Map: Buffer States
         13. Map / Report: Antarctica Land Claims
         14. Chart: Paraguay and Uruguay
         15. Fact Sheet: Country Comparison
         16. Biographical Dictionary: Famous Brazilians
         17. Persuasive Speech: Abolish Slavery!
      C. Geographical Uniqueness
           1. Diary: South American Family
           2. Dictionary: South American Origins
           3. Chart: Revolutions
           4. Poster: Travel to South America
           5. Listening Center: Songs of South America
           6. Report: Quality of Life and Education
           7. Letter: Highland Farming
           8. Poetry Review: Eldorado
           9. Appliqué Art: Columbian Style
         10. Recipe Book: Potatoes!
         11. Report: Nobel Prize
         12. Posters: Gaucho or Cowboy?
         13. List: Pampas Inventions
         14. Charts / Reports: Social Pyramids
         15. Advertisement: Buenos Aires Attractions
         16. Diorama: Geodesic Domes
         17. Planning: City of the Future
         18. Tables: Distance Between Cities
         19. Menu: Brazilian Restaurant
         20. Planning: Rio de Janeiro Carnival
         21. Picture Book: Selva Animals
         22. Written Report: The Game of Soccer
         23. Oral Report: Gasohol
 

 

 

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