Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
Literacy Standards for History and Social Science
Grades 6-8 Reading Standards for Literacy in the Content Areas: History/Social Science
Craft and Structure
4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
5 Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally), including how written texts incorporate features such as headings.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10 Independently and proficiently read and comprehend history/social studies texts exhibiting complexity appropriate for the grade/course.
Grade 8 – United States and Massachusetts Government and Civic Life
Topic 2. The development of the United States government – Supporting Question: How did the framers of the Constitution attempt to address issues of power and freedom in the design of the new political system?
6 Apply knowledge of the history of the American Revolutionary period to determine the experiences and events that led the colonists to declare independence; explain the key ideas about equality, representative government, limited government, rule of law, natural rights, common good, and the purpose of government in the Declaration of Independence.