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Social Studies-8th Grade-June

Social Studies: Foreign Policy/Demographic Change

June

8.7 d-e Foreign Policy/8.9d Domestic Politics and Reform: New Directions for a Nation

  • A growing conservative movement helped reshape American politics during the 1980s and thereafter.
  • The Cold War ended as communism in Eastern Europe collapsed and the Soviet Union dissolved.
  • With the end of the Cold War, the United States focused on promoting democracy and halting the spread of nuclear weapons.
  • War and conflict in the Middle East and a rise in Islamic extremism challenged U.S policymakers.

8.8 b-c Demographic Change/8.9 e Domestic Politics and Reform: Challenges for a New Century

  • The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks stunned the nation and led to a controversial war in Iraq.
  • A global economy and growing concern about environmental problems have linked the world.
  • The computer and other advances in technology and science have transformed modern society.
  • New immigration and population patterns have led to an increasingly diverse society.

8.7 d-e Foreign Policy/8.9d Domestic Politics and Reform: New Directions for a Nation

How did major national and international events affect the nation?

  • How did the growing conservative movement help reshape American politics?
  • How did the Cold War end?
  • How did the United States use its influence after the Cold War ended?
  • How have tensions in the Middle East posed concerns for the United Stated?

8.8 b-c Demographic Change/8.9 e Domestic Politics and Reform: Challenges for a New Century

What challenges face the nation in the 21st century?

  • How did the war on terrorism affect American actions at home and abroad?
  • How do economic and environmental issue link the U.S. and the world?
  • How have science and technology transformed modern society?
  • How have new immigration and population patterns increased diversity?
(1) SS.8.7 FOREIGN POLICY: The period after World War II has been characterized by an ideological and political struggle, first between the United States and communism during the Cold War, then between the United States and forces of instability in the Middle East. Increased economic interdependence and competition, as well as environmental concerns, are challenges faced by the United States.
(1) SS.8.8 DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE: After World War II, the population of the United States rose sharply as a result of both natural increases and immigration. Population movements have resulted in changes to the American landscape and shifting political power. An aging population is affecting the economy and straining public resources.
(1) SS.8.9 DOMESTIC POLITICS AND REFORM: The civil rights movement and the Great Society were attempts by people and the government to address major social, legal, economic, and environmental problems. Subsequent economic recession called for a new economic program.
(1) SS.I.1 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
(1) SS.I.3 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.
(1) SS.I.5 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Skills

Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

  • D1.5.6-8. Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of views represented in the sources.

Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools

  • Civics D2.Civ.14.6-8. Compare historical and contemporay means of changing societies, and promoting the common good. 
  • Economics D2.Eco.2.6-8. Evaluate alternative approaches or solutions to current economic issues in terms of benefits and costs for different groups and society as a whole.
  • Geography D2.Geo.9.6-8. Evaluate the influences of long-term human-induced environmental change on spatial patterns of conflict and cooperation.
  • History D2.His.12.6-8. Use questions generated about multiple sources to identify further areas of inquiry and additional sources.

Dimension 3: Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence

  • D3.4.6-8. Develop claims and counterclaims while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both.

Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions and Taking Informed Action

  • D4.5.6-8. Critique the structure of explanations.

National Council for the Social Studies:  Essential Skills for Social Studies

  • Detect cause and effect relationships
  • Use literature to enrich meaning
  • Read various forms of printed material: books, magazines, newspapers, directories, schedules, journals
  • Use usual word attack skills; sight recognition, phonetic analysis, structural analysis
  • Use appropriate sources of information--print, visual, electronic
  • Prepare summaries
  • Make timelines
  • Detect bias in visual material
  • Conduct interviews of individuals in the community
  • Ability to access information through network
  • Sense relationship between items of factual information
  • Predict likely outcomes based on factual information
  • Compare and contrast credibility of differeing accounts of the same event
  • From opinon based on critical examination of relevant information
  • Reinterpret events in terms of what migh have happened, and show the likely effects of subsequent events
  • Test the validity of the information, using such crtieria as source, objectivity, technical correctness, currency
  • Self-monitor one's thinking process
  • Express personal convictions
  • Participate in persuading, compromising, debatiing, and negotiating in the resolution of conflicts and differences
  • Keep informed on issues that affect society
  • Accept and fulfill social responsibilities associated with citizenship in a free society

 

 

8.7 d-e Foreign Policy/8.9d Domestic Politics and Reform: New Directions for a Nation

  • balanced budget
  • deregulation
  • deficit
  • recession
  • surplus
  • glasnost
  • aparthied
  • sanction
  • westernization

8.8 b-c Demographic Change/8.9 e Domestic Politics and Reform: Challenges for a New Century

  • terrorism
  • counterterrorism
  • globalization
  • trade deficit
  • outsourcing
  • free trade
  • environmentalist
  • renewable resource
  • global warming
  • e-commerce
  • laser
  • cloning
  • refugee
  • undocumented worker
  • guest worker

 

 

  • Do Now Questions
  • Socrative Entrance/Exit Tickets
  • Polls
  • Interactive Readings
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Thinking Maps
  • Common Core Protocols
  • Comprehension Assessments
  • Writing Assessments
  • Map Quiz
  • Quizzes
  • J. Dodge Differentiated Activities
  • Marzano Strategies
  • Primary Source Documents
  • Document Based Questions
  • Political Cartoons
  • Constructed Response Questions
  • Chapter Test
  • 25 Quick Formative Assessments - Judy Dodge
  • America: History of our Nation - Prentice Hall
  • OneNote
  • Interactive Reading
  • PearsonSuccessNet.com
  • National Public Radio: StoryCorps- September 11, 2001
  • Presidential Biographies
  • History in a Bag Activity
  • Presidential Library Websites

 

 

 

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