The Seven Strands of Social Studies Eighth Grade Unit
- Eighth Grade Unit
- Andrew B. Londergan
- 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
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.
- 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
- Juvenile justice
- Tough on crime
- Current events
- 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
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