Social Studies 8

54438 NY

Students in Social Studies (grade 8) will explore geography and the history of the United States up to the modern era. Students will be introduced to various study methods, including primary and secondary sources. Topics in this course include:

  • Reconstruction

  • U.S. expansion

  • The effects of the Industrial Revolution

  • Immigration and U.S. isolation

  • The Depression and how the U.S. recovered

  • World Wars

  • The struggle for equality

  • Modern U.S. changes

After completing the course, students should be able to answer a variety of economic questions and demonstrate social studies skills.


  • Answer the question "How has the United States changed since the Civil War?"

  • Understand the importance of industrial progress.

  • Identify social reformers who improved lives for many workers.

  • Understand how the Great Depression happened and how the U.S. recovered.

  • Explain the United States' change from isolationism to worldwide involvement in multiple wars.

  • Analyze the culture of the 60s and the Vietnam War.

  • Demonstrate scholarly writing, critical thinking, and reasoning skills

  • Understand the difference between primary and secondary sources.

State: New York
Grade Level: 8
Category: History & Social Sciences
Course Length: Year