Grade 8 Social Studies

The Cold War

cold-warTwo global superpowers battle for supremacy. Citizens of the world live in constant fear of nuclear war, and the “cold war” ultimately gets hashed out in battlefields not of the U.S.S.R. or the U.S.A., but in the countries that these superpowers hold influence over. Click “more” for details on our Cold War mini-unit.

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The Great War

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World War, originally referred to as, “The Great War” or “the War to end all Wars,” is an interesting study for a number of reasons. World War one is the first major war of the 20th century. It brings in the widespread use of modern technological weapons such as the machine gun, the airplane, the tank and poison gas. In addition, it begins an era of international politics which pits the importance of both ethnic and linguistic divisions against the forces of nationalism, and empire. Many historians argue that the first world war represents a transition from the innocence of an earlier age, where war is viewed as heroic and courageous, to a more realistic perspective that tells the true nature of such a complex phenomena as war. The end result is a world not only with a dramatically re-drawn political map, but a new era of modern global conflicts. Click “more” to see details about this unit, or click on the graphic organizer to see the flow of the unit. (more…)

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Economics and Early U.S. History

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Our essential question for this mini-unit is: “How did the United States become the biggest “economic force in the world? We will learn some of the basic terms necessary for economic thinking  and begin to discuss early American history through the lens of economics.

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Social Studies: Timeline Unit

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Notice anything new about the blog? From now on, updates will come organized according to the current unit that we are working on. As you know, our current unit is a survey of early U.S. History. From the early republic to the First World War, we will be summarizing the key themes and important events of the decades leading into the modern era.

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Social Studies Week 8/9

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This week we will talk about all of the parties that come together to commit acts of history. How do we “do history?” We continue to discuss the question, “how does perspective affect how history is written, studied and interpreted?” We then begin our review of the American revolution and get into our timeline review. Keep checking back as we approach our studies of America’s involvement in global conflicts, and make sure to visit frequently if you are looking for the daily resources we use in class.

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Week 7

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Congratulations folks, your last year of NECAP testing has arrived! This will by no means be your last “Standardized test” ever, but it is the last year before we start to transition to the SBAC. One more round of NECAP (the science test is in the spring) and you are done! Click on more to see this week’s resources including our test taking tips, courtesy of Mr. Aquadro.

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Social Studies Week 6

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All time is relative to what we are measuring. If we talk about time in terms of just how long humans have been around, we are still only studying a small fraction of life on earth. If we talk about time in terms of how long Europeans have been in North America, our timeline shrinks dramatically. This week we will begin talking about the timelines that we created in class. The idea is that you will each teach the class a little bit about the time period that you researched.  By the end of the week, we should start to get an understanding of sequence and scale in terms of the “early” history of our nation. Together we will work to fill in as many cracks as possible, and slowly but surely we will get an idea of some of the national and global events that set the stage for our study of global conflict.

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Social Studies Week 5

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The plan this week is to finish up our timeline project. It is due on Thursday, however Wednesday will be the final work day in class. You will need to compile your research resources as you gather information, because we will be making bibliographies in class using easybib.com.

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Social Studies Week 4

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How will we get the history background we need to begin discussing World War I? What big world events were happening during each presidency? Why do historians love timelines? This week, we begin the timeline project to find out! The plan is to finish off our “my maps” on google maps and begin the timeline project by mid-week. Your My Map is due on Wednesday. Remember that your shared map auto-updates so your grade will reflect whatever work is completed as of that day. Click here for a Grading Checklist to see how you will be assessed. Remember, as always, e-mail me, record a voice-mail(click on the right) me or see me after class if you have any questions. (more…)

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Social Studies Week 3

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This week, we move into the digital realm. We will check the accuracy of our “from memory maps,” using online satellite imagery and we will learn how to use the “create my map” function on google maps.  See google’s custom maps tutorial here!

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