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Curriculum Goals and Skills

Goal of Knowledge and Cultural Understanding

The goal of knowledge and cultural understanding is pursued by developing students’ literacy in history and the other humanities (including ethics), geog ...more

Goal of Democratic Understanding and Civic Values

The curricular goal of democratic understanding and civic values is centered on an essential understanding of the nation’s identity and ...more

Goal of Skills Attainment and Social Participation

The curricular goal of skills attainment and social participation is pursued by developing students’ participation skills, critical thinking skills, ...more

Historical and SS Analysis Skills

The intellectual skills noted below are to be learned through, and applied to, the content standards for grades six through eight. They are to be assessed only in conjunction with the content standards in grades six through eight. In addition to the standards for grades six through eight, students demonstrate the following intellectual reasoning, reflection, and research skills:

Chronological and Spatial Thinking

1. Students explain how major events are related to one another in time.

2. Students construct various time lines of key events, people, and periods of the ...more

Research, Evidence, and Point of View

1. Students frame questions that can be answered by historical study and research.

2. Students distinguish fact from opinion in historical narratives and stories.

3 ...more

Historical Interpretation

1. Students explain the central issues and problems from the past, placing people and events in a matrix of time and place.

2. Students understand and distinguish cause, ...more

Lusk, Teri
Shegoian, Victoria
HIST 8/Leadership
Sutherland, Jennifer
Core 7/History 8

Departmental Award Criteria

The History Dept. recognizes the hard work of ALL of OUR students. Student creativity and joy in learning inspire us every day.  We honor certain students with Departmental Awards for thoughtful written analysis, engaging projects, class leadership,and a commitment to making their community a better place. 

National Geographic Geography Bee

National Geographic Geography Bee

Prepare for the Nat Geo Bee at


Stanley Bee is held in January.

Email Ms Lusk with questions.

Grade Eight United States History and Geography: Growth and Conflict

8.1 Students understand the major events preceding the founding of the nation and relate their significance to the development of American constitutional democracy.



8.2 Students analyze the political principles underlying the U.S. Constitution and compare the enumerated and implied powers of the federal government.



8.3 Students understand the foundation of the American political system and the ways in which citizens participate in it.



8.4 Students analyze the aspirations and ideals of the people of the new nation.



8.5 Students analyze U.S. foreign policy in the early Republic.



8.6 Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced, with emphasis on the Northeast.



8.7 Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the South from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced.



8.8 Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the West from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced.



8.9 Students analyze the early and steady attempts to abolish slavery and to realize the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.



8.10 Students analyze the multiple causes, key events, and complex consequences of the Civil War.



8.11 Students analyze the character and lasting consequences of Reconstruction.



8.12 Students analyze the transformation of the American economy and the changing social and political conditions in the United States in response to the Industrial Revolution.

How We Differentiate

  • Cover text sequentially.
  • Use PowerPoint™ presentations / overhead transparencies and notes / graphic organizers for visual learners when lecturing.
  • Teach key concepts and generalizations unique to each topic or period.
  • Examine various points of view.
  • Use a variety of text, video, and taped material of varying degrees of difficulty.
  • Contrast historical or abstract facts with current events to bring relevancy to students.
  • Offer several options for projects so that each student can express his or her understanding in individual ways.