The Seven Strands of Social Studies Eighth Grade Unit



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The Seven Strands of Social Studies

  • Eighth Grade Unit
  • Andrew B. Londergan
  • 11/12/2002
  • ED 639 – Dr. Helms
  • Wright State University

Table of Contents

  • Slides 3 and 4 - American Heritage
  • Slides 5 and 6 – People in Societies
  • Slides 7 and 8 – World Interactions
  • Slides 9 and 10 – Decision Making and Resources
  • Slides 11 and 12 – Democratic Processes
  • Slides 13 and 14 – Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities
  • Slides 15 and 16 – Science, Technology, and Society

American Heritage Activities

  • Assign textbook reading about the history and development of the President’s Cabinet. Discuss the Cabinet’s evolution.
  • Lecture about Shay’s Rebellion and its causal relationship to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
  • Compare and contrast the Mayflower Compact with the Constitution in a one page essay.
  • Examine and chart the settlement patterns of the U.S. through census records.
  • Group presentations relating the success of the American Revolution with revolutions for independence which have followed throughout the world.

American Heritage Websites

  • Shay's Rebellion
  • The development of the Cabinet
  • The Mayflower Compact
  • Census figures
  • French Revolution

People in Societies Activities

  • Discuss contacts between Native Americans and French and English in Ohio.
  • Compare the views of Japan and Europe on foreign trade.
  • Examine the reasons why various groups left their homelands to come to America.
  • Contrast the attitudes of Native Americans and whites on westward expansion.
  • Write a family history. Research should include interviewing relatives.

People in Societies Websites

World Interactions Activities

  • List the exchange rates in five foreign countries.
  • Present the populations of the states by color coding the states on a blank outline map.
  • List the longitude and latitude of ten national capitals.
  • Discuss the impact of language on racial prejudice.
  • Lecture about the benefits and weaknesses of a tariff system.

World Interactions Websites

  • Exchange rates
  • State populations
  • World maps
  • Language prejudice
  • Tariffs

Decision-Making and Resources Activities

  • Divide class into three groups – national, state, and local. Each group should produce a presentation on the taxes that their level of government controls.
  • In a two page essay, compare the Native American economy in 1600 with that of Europe in the same era.
  • Lecture about the impact of the Federal Reserve on economic activity.
  • Following a textbook reading assignment, discuss the effect that money had on the American Revolution.
  • Show Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose” P.B.S. video.

Decision-Making and Resources Websites

  • Taxes
  • Economic history
  • Federal Reserve Board information
  • American Revolution
  • Milton Friedman

Democratic Processes Activities

  • Identify the qualifications for voting today and compare them with voting qualifications of the past.
  • Brainstorm ideas for a school or class motto. Hold school or class wide election to determine the winner.
  • View a televised debate between political opponents. Discuss the effectiveness and appeal of each candidate.
  • Lecture about the separation of federal powers and how they check and balance each other.
  • Discuss how the Articles of Confederation influenced the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

Democratic Processes Websites

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Activities

  • Groups will present a brief report on a president’s leadership ability. Each report should list 3 areas of leadership.
  • Groups are given five anonymous candidates. Groups then discuss and decide what anonymous candidate they would choose to be their leader. Groups must explain why they made their choices.
  • Debate the issue of punishment vs. rehabilitation after analyzing and interpreting information.
  • Discuss the fundamental American principle of “pursuit of happiness”. Determine what this principle means.
  • Play the “Blame Game”. Discuss who is to blame for society’s problems.

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Websites

  • The Presidents
  • Leadership
  • Juvenile justice
  • Tough on crime
  • Current events

Science, Technology, and Society Activities

  • Discuss how the invention of the automobile changed American life.
  • Examine the relationship between medical advancement and world population.
  • Explain that new laws are needed to govern new technologies.
  • Discuss the seven wonders of the world and then create an eighth. Use modern science and technology to create this eighth wonder.
  • Contrast contemporary theories on evolution with those of the past.

Science, Technology, and Society Websites

  • Invention of the automobile
  • World Population
  • Technology law
  • Seven wonders of the world
  • Evolution


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