Social Studies 8 (04438N) WA

04438N WA

Students in Social Studies (grade 8) will explore the history of the United States up to the 19th century. Students will examine the development of America's independence and the struggle within this divided nation during the Civil War. Students will also discover the progress made in our country in terms of expansion and social change. Students will learn about the following topics:

  • Colonialism

  • Imperialism

  • Lifestyles of colonists

  • Declaring independence from England

  • U.S. expansion

  • The Civil War and Reconstruction

  • Social and national change in the 19th century

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


  • Understand the importance of exploration

  • Identify explorers who led the colonizations of the Americas

  • Describe the colonial lifestyle

  • Explain the importance colonists placed on being represented in government and the ultimate declaration of independence from England

  • Explain the reasons for the division between the North and the South

  • Analyze the causes and effects of the Civil War, including Reconstruction

  • Describe the social issues and national expansion in the United States during the 19th century leading in to the 20th century

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