Alaska Standards 8th Grade Social Studies Activities
Printable Eighth Grade Social Studies Worksheets and Study Guides.
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AK.A. Geography: A student should be able to make and use maps, globes, and graphs to gather, analyze, and report spatial (geographic) information. A student who meets the content standard should:
A.1. Use maps and globes to locate places and regions.
A.4. Use graphic tools and technologies to depict and interpret the world's human and physical systems.
A.5. Evaluate the importance of the locations of human and physical features in interpreting geographic patterns.
A.6. Use spatial (geographic) tools and technologies to analyze and develop explanations and solutions to geographic problems.
AK.A. Government and Citizenship: A student should know and understand how societies define authority, rights, and responsibilities through a governmental process. A student who meets the content standard should:
A.2. Understand the meaning of fundamental ideas, including equality, authority, power, freedom, justice, privacy, property, responsibility, and sovereignty.
AK.A. History: A student should understand that history is a record of human experiences that links the past to the present and the future. A student who meets the content standard should:
A.1. Understand chronological frameworks for organizing historical thought and place significant ideas, institutions, people, and events within time sequences.
A.7. Understand that history is dynamic and composed of key turning points.
A.8. Know that history is a bridge to understanding groups of people and an individual's relationship to society.
A.9. Understand that history is a fundamental connection that unifies all fields of human understanding and endeavor.
AK.B. Geography: A student should be able to utilize, analyze, and explain information about the human and physical features of places and regions. A student who meets the content standard should:
B.1. Know that places have distinctive geographic characteristics.
B.3. Relate how people create similarities and differences among places.
B.7. Understand that a region is a distinct area defined by one or more cultural or physical features.
AK.B. Government and Citizenship: A student should understand the constitutional foundations of the American political system and the democratic ideals of this nation. A student who meets the content standard should:
B.1. Understand the ideals of this nation as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
B.2. Recognize American heritage and culture, including the republican form of government, capitalism, free enterprise system, patriotism, strong family units, and freedom of religion.
B.3. Understand the United States Constitution, including separation of powers, the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, majority rule, and minority rights.
B.5. Understand the importance of individuals, public opinion, media, political parties, associations, and groups in forming and carrying out public policy.
B.6. Recognize the significance of diversity in the American political system.
B.7. Distinguish between constitution-based ideals and the reality of American political and social life.
AK.B. History: A student should understand historical themes through factual knowledge of time, places, ideas, institutions, cultures, people, and events. A student who meets the content standard should:
B.1. Comprehend the forces of change and continuity that shape human history through the following persistent organizing themes:
B.1.a. The development of culture, the emergence of civilizations, and the accomplishments and mistakes of social organizations.
B.1.b. Human communities and their relationships with climate, subsistence base, resources, geography, and technology.
B.1.d. The consequences of peace and violent conflict to societies and their cultures.
B.1.e. Major developments in societies as well as changing patterns related to class, ethnicity, race, and gender.
B.3. Recognize that historical understanding is relevant and valuable in the student's life and for participating in local, state, national, and global communities.
B.4. Recognize the importance of time, ideas, institutions, people, places, cultures, and events in understanding large historical patterns.
B.5. Evaluate the influence of context upon historical understanding.
AK.C. Geography: A student should understand the dynamic and interactive natural forces that shape the earth's environments. A student who meets the content standard should:
C.1. Analyze the operation of the earth's physical systems, including ecosystems, climate systems, erosion systems, the water cycle, and tectonics.
C.2. Distinguish the functions, forces, and dynamics of the physical processes that cause variations in natural regions.
C.3. Recognize the concepts used in studying environments and recognize the diversity and productivity of different regional environments.
AK.C. History: A student should develop the skills and processes of historical inquiry. A student who meets the content standard should:
C.3. Apply thinking skills, including classifying, interpreting, analyzing, summarizing, synthesizing, and evaluating, to understand the historical record.
AK.D. Geography: A student should understand and be able to interpret spatial (geographic) characteristics of human systems, including migration, movement, interactions of cultures, economic activities, settlement patterns, and political units in the state, nation, and world. A student who meets the content standard should:
D.4. Analyze how changes in technology, transportation, and communication impact social, cultural, economic, and political activity.
D.5. Analyze how conflict and cooperation shape social, economic, and political use of space.
AK.D. Government and Citizenship: A student should understand the role of the United States in international affairs. A student who meets the content standard should:
D.1. Analyze how domestic politics, the principles of the United States Constitution, foreign policy, and economics affect relations with other countries.
D.2. Evaluate circumstances in which the United States has politically influenced other nations and how other nations have influenced the politics and society of the United States.
D.3. Understand how national politics and international affairs are interrelated with the politics and interests of the state.
AK.D. History: A student should be able to integrate historical knowledge with historical skill to effectively participate as a citizen and as a lifelong learner. A student who meets the content standard should:
D.6. Create new approaches to issues by incorporating history with other disciplines, including economics, geography, literature, the arts, science, and technology.
AK.E. Geography: A student should understand and be able to evaluate how humans and physical environments interact. A student who meets the content standard should:
E.1. Understand how resources have been developed and used.
E.2. Recognize and assess local, regional, and global patterns of resource use.
E.4. Determine the influence of human perceptions on resource utilization and the environment.
E.5. Analyze the consequences of human modification of the environment and evaluate the changing landscape.
AK.F. Geography: A student should be able to use geography to understand the world by interpreting the past, knowing the present, and preparing for the future. A student who meets the content standard should:
F.3. Analyze resource management practices to assess their impact on future environmental quality.
AK.F. Government and Citizenship: A student should understand the economies of the United States and the state and their relationships to the global economy. A student who meets the content standard should:
F.1. Understand how the government and the economy interrelate through regulations, incentives, and taxation.
F.2. Be aware that economic systems determine how resources are used to produce and distribute goods and services.
F.3. Compare alternative economic systems.
F.5. Understand the basic concepts of supply and demand, the market system, and profit.
F.6. Understand the role of economic institutions in the United States, including the Federal Reserve Board, trade unions, banks, investors, and the stock market.
F.7. Understand the role of self-interest, incentives, property rights, competition, and corporate responsibility in the market economy.
AK.G. Government and Citizenship: A student should understand the impact of economic choices and participate effectively in the local, state, national, and global economies. A student who meets the content standard should:
G.1. Apply economic principles to actual world situations.
G.2. Understand that choices are made because resources are scarce.
G.3. Identify and compare the costs and benefits when making choices.
G.4. Make informed choices on economic issues.
G.7. Understand that economic choices influence public and private institutional decisions.
AK.RH.6-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies 6-12
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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