How can we connect the themes and issues of the past to help us understand our present?
How do we connect with others around us to have a positive impact on our world?
How has technology impacted the interconnectedness of humanity and politics?
In 8th grade, the students will build on the 6th grade theme of Perspective and 7th grade theme of Change, and begin to explore how the modern world is interconnected in terms of humanity, politics, geography and culture.
The Social Studies curriculum will focus on both American History and North Carolina History tracing the changes in history from the Revolutionary Era through contemporary times. The students will begin to understand the role of individual citizens and the collective society. They will build on their experiences reading and writing multiple genres of text, including focusing on research skills.The students will analyze the relationships between geography, politics, economics, technology and culture. This integrated study helps students see the connections between the democratic principles that shape our nation, state, and the modern world.
- Geography & Environmental Literacy
- Economics & Financial Literacy
- Civics & Government
- Foundation of US Government and Revolutionary War: 13 Colonies, map skills, influences of Africa and Europe on Colonial America, key historical figures, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, causes of American Revolution, democracy, citizenship
- Civil War and Slavery: westward expansion, Manifest Destiny, agriculture and economy, social and political climate, trade, reconstruction
- Turn of the Century: economy, social classes, women’s suffrage, Great Depression, industrial revolution, Progressivism, Populism, immigration,
- WWI and WWII: political climate of Europe and US, economy, warfare, Holocaust, internment camps, propaganda
- Civil Rights Era: Emancipation Proclamation, social constructs, media, economy, education, famous activists, Vietnam and Korean wars, political climate, civic change
- Modern Conflicts in the World: world religions, Middle East, North Korea, political climate, world economy, media influence, technology, terrorism, environment and climate, Western influence in world politics