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Course Overview: The Grade Eight Social Studies Program uses the five big ideas of social studies (government/civics, cultures and societies, economics, geography and historical perspective) to focus on an integrated approach to the study of United States history from the Land and People before Columbus through the Civil War Era. Grade Eight Social Studies places emphasis on the significant events, critical movements, and people of various backgrounds who contributed to the building of our nation. Students study the historical roots of our democratic principles through an examination of the ideas, ideals, and critical events associated with the founding of our nation. Study of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution and its Amendments provides a foundation for understanding the purposes of our government, its organization and functions, and the role of the citizen. Using chronological thinking and historical analysis, students examine the political, social, and economic dimensions of early United States history and make links between the past and the present. In addition, students examine the history of Kentucky as a part of the larger national narrative.

Unit 1- Native Americans and the Great Convergence
Unit 2- Colonization
Unit 3- The American Revolution
Unit 4- Constitution and Bill of Rights
Unit 5- The Growth of Democracy
Unit 6- Manifest Destiny
Unit 7- Social, Political, and Religious Changes
Unit 8- Sectional Differences
Unit 9- Civil War


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