Social Studies 8

Credit Hours: 1

Course Length:  2 Semesters

Semester 1

Course Description

In this course students will understand the significance of government, law, and politics. They will examine the United States foundational documents and how they shaped the Unites States government. Students will examine the purposes and functions of federal and state government, law, and political systems. Learners will evaluate their role and civic responsibility to their families, communities, and country including voting and being a productive member of society. Learners will follow a step-by-step approach for successfully completing each lesson, which includes textbook reading, interactive activities, supplemental reading, lecture, video clips, and Power Point presentations to enhance and reinforce learning. Learners receive frequent feedback from teacher and peers through discussions.

Course Prerequisites

None

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

None

Major Concepts

  • Introduction to civics and why we need government
  • Foundation of America’s Political System
  • American Citizenship
  • Federal Government
  • State Government

Semester 2

Course Description

This course takes a more individualistic approach as students closely examine topics such as the justice system, local government, the environment, and the economy. Learners will understand the role that they play in each of these topics and the differences that they can make. Students will get to know leaders and influential people that have championed many causes including civil rights and the environment. Learners will also learn proper ways to interact in society including interpersonal skills and respecting differences in others including disabilities. By the end of semester B students will have a deeper understanding of their civic responsibilities as well as the difference one individual can make in society.

Course Prerequisites

None

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

None

Major Concepts

  • The Justice System
  • Local Government and Your Community
  • The Environment
  • Civics and You
  • Civics and the Economy