Advanced Social Studies 8 (2 Semesters)
Social Studies 7
Eighth-grade students will build on their concepts of geography, civics, and political societies beginning with the world as it was in the 1500s followed by the natural unfolding of events from the explorations, the establishment of the colonies, and the colonial era, leading up to the French and Indian War and The Revolutionary War. The development of American government from a confederation to a constitutional one, the launching of the Republic, through the War of 1812, the growth and development of the nation through the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark exploration on through Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War will follow. Students will explore the changes in the nation from immigration and abolition issues to the Civil War and Reconstruction, westward expansion, to the development of the U.S. as a world power and into World War I. They will also explore the 1920s, the Great Depression, and World War II. Advanced Social Studies 8 will require the analysis of historical events and changes while focusing on a particular topic, such as science and technology in the progress of American society.