Camden-Rockport Middle School

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Social Studies
Grade 8
 
Description:

COURSE/SUBJECT TITLE: Eighth-Grade Social Studies

LENGTH OF COURSE: Full Year (60/65 minutes every other day)

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The 8th grade social studies curriculum focuses on the development of democracy, major ancient societies, and world religions.  The course also includes a major civics component. The following units will be covered:

Unit 1:  Early Humans and the Rise of Civilization

Unit 2:  Ancient Egypt and the Middle East

Unit 3:  Ancient India

Unit 4:  Ancient China

Unit 5:  Ancient Greece

Unit 6:  Ancient Rome

ESSENTIAL OUTCOMES:

REPORTING STANDARD: History

  1. Students will be able to identify key events major figures for each unit.

  2. Student will be able interpret the sequence and importance of major events.

  3. Students will identify multiple causes and effects in explaining historical events.

  4. Students will understand the underlying factors that led to the emergence of democracy in Greece.

  5. Students will understand the background and ideologies of the five great religions of the world: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.

  6. Students will understand the factors leading to the fall of the Roman Empire.

REPORTING STANDARD: Geography

  1. Students will understand how to use maps and other geographic tools and technologies to understand content in each unit.

  2. Students will be able to analyze the dynamic relationships between human and physical systems.

  3. Students will understand the geography of the Ancient Mediterranean world.

  4. Students will understand the role of geography in the development of ancient civilizations.

REPORTING STANDARD: Civics and Government

  1. Students will understand the importance and purposes of major foundational documents in forming a culture and country.

  2. Students will understand the rights and responsibilities of a citizen within a variety of contexts.

  3. Students will understand the differences and similarities between or among different political systems and governments.

  4. Students will understand the vast political differences and similarities of Spartan, Athenian, and Roman societies and political systems.

  5. Students will understand constitutional and legal rights, civic duties and responsibilities, and the roles of citizens in a constitutional democracy.

  6. Students will demonstrate an understanding of active American citizenship by implementing a self-selected and directed civic action or  service-learning project based on a CRMS, community, or State asset or need, and analyze the project's effectiveness and civic contribution.

REPORTING STANDARD: Economics

  1. Students will understand basic economic vocabulary and concepts.

  2. Students will understand how economic factors impact a historical period.

  3. Students will understand how the Silk Road affected the economies of both Europe and China.

REPORTING STANDARD:  Research Skills and Communication

  1. Student will identify key steps in a process related to social studies.

  2. Students will compare and contrast primary and secondary resources.

  3. Students will write arguments and informative/explanatory essays or constructed responses based on social studies content, supported by specific evidence based on informational texts.

  4. Students will produce clear and coherent writings that exhibit organization, attention to audience, and evidence of editing.

  5. Students will conduct short research projects using multiple print and digital resources, taking concise and relevant notes, and citing resources correctly.

  6. Students will present information making use of available technologies.

  7. Students will be able to evaluate a text by:

  • Summarizing the central ideas

  • Identifying supporting details

  • Evaluating the point of view, structure, and validity

  1. Students will understand content-specific vocabulary.

  2. Students will understand the connection between a text and visual information (charts, graphs, maps, etc.).

KEY VOCABULARY:

Acropolis

Hieroglyphics

Papyrus

Agora

Hinduism

Patricians

Aqueducts

Hunter-gatherers

Pax Romana

Caste system

Karma

Persecution

City-state

Legalism

Perspective

Confucianism

Mandate of Heaven

Polis

Cradle of civilization

Mesopotamia

Polytheism

Cuneiform

Monotheism

Reincarnation

Daoism

Nation-state

Senate

Deity

Nirvana

Silk Road

Enlightenment

Obelisk

Tribune

Fertile Crescent

Oligarchy

Ziggurat

EVIDENCE/ASSESSMENTS:

Interactive Notebooks

Written Papers

Projects

TEXTS AND OTHER RESOURCES:

History Alive: Ancient History

Project Citizen Middle School Workbook

Revised 8/12

 

 
Outcomes: