Arkansas Standards 8th Grade Social Studies Activities
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AR.AH. Arkansas History
RP.6. Reconstruction Through Progressive Era: Students shall identify political, social, and economic changes in Arkansas.
RP.6.AH.7-8.1. Describe the Reconstruction Era in Arkansas: Freedmen's Bureau; Brooks-Baxter War; resurgence of the Democratic Party; approval of the 1874 Constitution
TPS.4. Territorial Period to Statehood: Students shall examine factors related to statehood.
TPS.4.AH.7-8.3. Discuss the process leading to territorial status (e.g., Northwest Ordinance, township, sections)
TPS.4.AH.7-8.8. Discuss the decline and removal of American Indian tribes in Arkansas
WWP.9. World War II to Present: Students shall examine the effects of World War II and other events upon the modernization of Arkansas.
WWP.9.AH.7-8.4. Examine the civil rights movement in Arkansas using primary and secondary sources (e.g., Little Rock Central, Hoxie)
C.4. Government: Students shall develop an understanding of the forms and roles of government.
C.4.8.2. Forms and Roles of Government: Research individuals and their roles in changing governments (e.g., Otto von Bismarck, Mikhail Gorbachev, Abdel Nasser, Juan Peron, Lech Walesa, George Washington, Sun Yatsen)
C.4.8.3. Forms and Roles of Government: Discuss the origins of political parties/movements (e.g., Communist Party, Fascist Party, Green Party, Nazi Party, socialist parties, environmentalist movement, human rights movement, feminist movement)
C.5. Citizenship: Students shall develop an understanding of how to participate, develop, and use the skills necessary for effective citizenship.
C.5.8.3. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens: Discuss struggles to gain rights for citizens in various countries (e.g., China, France, Mexico, South Africa, United States)
C.5.8.6. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens: Analyze world organizations involved in citizens' rights (e.g., Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, United Nations).
AR.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.
E.7. Choices: Students shall analyze the costs and benefits of making economic choices.
E.7.8.2. Costs and Benefits: Analyze the impact of present choices on future consequences.
E.7.8.3. Costs and Benefits: Analyze periods of time when scarcity affected economic wants and needs of people in regions or countries.
E.7.8.4. Costs and Benefits: Analyze scarcity of productive resources and the need for people to make choices and incur opportunity costs.
E.7.8.5. Costs and Benefits: Evaluate the limited resources of nations and the choices governments must make.
E.7.8.6. Costs and Benefits: Compare trade-offs in various world economic systems.
E.7.8.7. Costs and Benefits: Analyze traditional, market, and command economies.
E.8. Resources: Students shall evaluate the use and allocation of human, natural, and capital resources.
E.8.8.3. Factors of Production: Examine the consequences of changing factors of production human resources, capital resources, natural resources, and entrepreneurship.
E.9. Markets: Students shall analyze the exchange of goods and services and the roles of governments, businesses, and individuals in the market place.
E.9.8.2. Financial Markets: Analyze the role of the stock market in the economies of the United States and other countries (e.g., Financial Times Stock Exchange , Tokyo Stock Exchange [TSE], New York Stock Exchange [NYSE], National Association of Securities
E.9.8.8. Goods and Services: Evaluate the interaction of supply and demand.
G.1. Physical and Spatial: Students shall develop an understanding of the physical and spatial characteristics and applications of geography.
G.1.8.1. Location, Place, and Region: Analyze the importance of the following navigation systems on the development of world civilizations: Amazon River, Mississippi River, Panama Canal, Rhine River, Suez Canal, Thames River and Volga River.
G.1.8.2. Map and Globe Skills: Analyze a physical map or global projection created by geographer's tools (e.g., astrolabe, compass, sextant, Global Positioning System , Geographic Information Systems [GIS], LANDSAT, Internet)
G.1.8.3. Map and Globe Skills: Construct specialized maps using data (e.g., climate, population, political units, resources)
G.1.8.5. Map and Globe Skills: Analyze the influence of Earth's physical features on the development of regions of the world.
G.2. Culture and Diversity: Students shall develop an understanding of how cultures around the world develop and change.
G.2.8.1. Culture/Diversity: Examine creative work as examples of cultural heritage (e.g., literature, mosaics, statuary, architecture, philosophy, dramas)
G.2.8.2. Culture/Diversity: Compare and contrast the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups in the development of early civilizations (e.g., Akbar the Great, Chandragupta I, Hatshepsut, Marco Polo, Mansu Musa, Ramses)
G.3. Interaction of People and the Environment: Students shall develop an understanding of the interactions between people and their environment.
G.3.8.1. Movement: Examine effects of push-pull factors on various regions (e.g., disease, resources, industrialization, technology)
G.3.8.4. Human Environment Interaction: Determine the impact of population growth on renewable and nonrenewable resources.
G.3.8.5. Human Environment Interaction: Analyze methods and consequences of environmental modification on world regions and populations: (e.g., acid rain, erosion, clear cutting, desertification, global warming, ozone depletion, strip mining)
H.6. History: Students shall analyze significant ideas, events, and people in world, national, state, and local history and how they affect change over time.
H.6.8.13. Continuity and Change: Examine the influence of Enlightenment ideas on revolutionary movements (e.g., American Revolution, French Revolution, Latin American revolutions, Revolutions of 1848)
H.6.8.14. Continuity and Change: Investigate causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution (e.g., changing technology, mass production, societal changes)
H.6.8.16. Continuity and Change: Investigate 19th century social and political reform movements (e.g., abolition, education, extension of suffrage, labor movements, rise of socialism, temperance)
H.6.8.17. Continuity and Change: Explain the influences that changing technology had on World War I and World War II (e.g., weapons, medicine, transportation, communication)
H.6.8.18. Continuity and Change: Examine the impact of the Cold War on global relations.
H.6.8.20. Continuity and Change: Examine reasons for the transformation of world economies in the late 20th century (e.g., technology, communication, transportation, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries , resource allocation)
H.6.8.21. Continuity and Change: Discuss the growth of technology resulting from the space race (e.g., artificial satellites, computers, new food technologies)
H.6.8.23. Conflict and Consensus: Describe causes and consequences of World War I (e.g., imperialism, militarism, nationalism, alliances, Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations)
H.6.8.24. Conflict and Consensus: Discuss the Russian Revolutions and the establishment of a communist state (e.g., Bolsheviks, Lenin, Stalin)
H.6.8.25. Conflict and Consensus: Describe causes and consequences of World War II (e.g., fascism, anti-Semitism, Pearl Harbor, atomic bomb, satellite countries)
H.6.8.26. Conflict and Consensus: Examine the following battles as turning points of World War II: Battle of Britain, Battle of the Bulge, D-Day, Midway, Pearl Harbor and Stalingrad.
H.6.8.27. Conflict and Consensus: Identify the functions of post World War II international organizations (e.g., Southeast Asia Treaty Organization , North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO], Warsaw Pact, United Nations)
H.6.8.28. Conflict and Consensus: Discuss causes and effects of post-World War II conflicts (e.g., Southeast Asia, Middle East, Balkans, Sub-Saharan Africa)
H.6.8.29. Conflict and Consensus: Examine changes brought about by the following world leaders including, but not limited to: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Anwar Sadat, Margaret Thatcher and Mao Zedong.
H.6.8.3. Continuity and Change: Examine Catholic Church policies that led to the Protestant Reformation (e.g., Great Schism, French papacy, indulgences, simony, lay investiture)
H.6.8.30. Conflict and Consensus: Examine causes and effects of terrorism (e.g., economics, safety and security, tourism, patriotism, nationalism, 9/11)
H.6.8.31. Movement: Illustrate the routes of European explorers during the Age of Exploration including but not limited to: Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco de Gama, Vasco Nunez de Balboa and Bartolomeu Dias.
H.6.8.34. Movement: Illustrate the expansion of communism (e.g., Asia, Cuba, Europe, Latin America)
H.6.8.36. Cultural Diversity and Uniformity: Describe the development of the Renaissance.
H.6.8.37. Cultural Diversity and Uniformity: Examine contributions of Renaissance writers and artists including, but not limited to: Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Shakespeare and da Vinci.
H.6.8.4. Continuity and Change: Investigate Protestant reformers: Martin Luther, Henry VIII and John Calvin.
H.6.8.5. Continuity and Change: Describe the Counter reformation (e.g., Jesuits, Council of Trent, Inquisition)
H.6.8.7. Continuity and Change: Describe the establishment of colonies as a result of the conquest of indigenous people (e.g., Africa, Asia, New World)
H.6.8.9. Continuity and Change: Identify major contributors of the Scientific Revolution (e.g., Muhammed Al-Khwarizmi, Francis Bacon, Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, Zhang Heng)
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