Alabama Standards 8th Grade Social Studies Activities
Printable Eighth Grade Social Studies Worksheets and Study Guides.
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AL.1. World History to 1500: The study of world history in Grade 8 addresses the time period from prehistoric man to the 1500s. Content standards for this grade incorporate the strands of economics, geography, history, and political science, with an emphasis on the history and geography strands.
1.1. Geography/History: Explain how artifacts and other archaeological findings provide evidence of the nature and movement of prehistoric groups of people.
1.1.1. Identifying the founding of Rome as the basis of the calendar established by Julius Caesar, which was used in early Western civilization for well over a thousand years.
1.14. Geography/History: Describe key aspects of pre-Columbian cultures in the Americas including the Olmecs, Mayans, Aztecs, Incas, and North American tribes.
1.14.1. Locating on a map the pre-Columbian cultures.
1.15. Economics/History/Political Science: Describe the military and governmental events that shaped Europe in the early Middle Ages (600-1000).
1.15.1. Describing the role of the early medieval church.
1.15.2. Describing the impact of new agricultural methods on manorialism and feudalism.
1.16. Economics/History/Political Science: Describe the major cultural changes in Western Europe in the High Middle Ages (1000-1350).
1.16.1. Describing the changing roles of church and governmental leadership.
1.16.2. Comparing political developments in France, England, and the Holy Roman Empire, including the signing of the Magna Carta.
1.16.3. Describing the growth of trade and towns resulting in the rise of the middle class.
1.17. Economics/History/Political Science: Explain how events and conditions fostered political and economic changes in the late Middle Ages and led to the origins of the Renaissance.
1.17.1. Identifying changes in the arts, architecture, literature, and science in the late Middle Ages.
1.2. Economics/Geography/History/Political Science: Analyze the characteristics of early civilizations in respect to technology, division of labor, government, calendar, and writings.
1.2.1. Comparing the significant features of civilizations that developed in the Tigris-Euphrates, Nile, Indus, and Huang He River valleys.
1.2.2. Identifying on maps the locations of cultural hearths of early civilizations.
1.3. History: Compare the development of early world religions, philosophies, and their key tenets.
1.3.1. Identifying the cultural contributions of early world religions and philosophies.
1.4. History/Political Science: Identify the cultural contributions of Classical Greece, including politics, intellectual life, arts, literature, architecture, and science.
1.5. Economics/Geography/History/Political Science: Describe the role of Alexander the Great in the Hellenistic world.
1.5.1. Defining the boundaries of Alexander the Great's empire and its economic impact.
1.5.2. Identifying reasons for the breakup of Alexander the Great's empire into successor kingdoms.
1.5.3. Evaluating major contributions of Hellenistic art, philosophy, science, and political thought.
1.6. Economics/Geography/History/Political Science: Trace the expansion of the Roman Republic and its transformation into an empire, including key geographic, political, and economic elements.
1.6.1. Interpreting spatial distributions and patterns of the Roman Republic using geographic tools and technologies.
1.7. Economics/Geography/History/Political Science: Describe the widespread impact of the Roman Empire.
1.7.1. Tracing important aspects of the diffusion of Christianity, including its relationship to Judaism, missionary impulse, organizational development, transition from persecution to acceptance in the Roman Empire, and church doctrine.
1.7.2. Explaining the role of economics, societal changes, Christianity, political and military problems, external factors, and the size and diversity of the Roman Empire in its decline and fall.
1.8. Geography/History: Describe the development of a classical civilization in India and China.
1.8.2. Identifying landforms and climate regions of China.
1.9. History/Political Science: Describe the rise of the Byzantine Empire, its institutions, and its legacy, including the influence of the Emperors Constantine and Justinian, and the effect of the Byzantine Empire upon art, religion, architecture, and law.
1.9.1. Identifying factors leading to the establishment of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
AL.CC.RH.6-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
Craft and Structure
RH.6-8.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
RH.6-8.5. Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
RH.6-8.10. By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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