Maine Standards 8th Grade Social Studies Activities
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ME.B. Civics and Government: Students draw on concepts from civics and government to understand political systems, power, authority, governance, civic ideals and practices, and the role of citizens in the community, Maine, the United States, and world.
B.1. Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns of Civics/Government: Students understand the basic ideals, purposes, principles, structures, and processes of constitutional government in Maine and the United States as well as examples of other forms of government in the world.
B.1.c. Describe the structures and processes of United States government and government of the State of Maine and how these are framed by the United States Constitution, the Maine Constitution, and other primary sources.
B.1.d. Explain the concepts of federalism and checks and balances and the role these concepts play in the governments of the United States and Maine as framed by the United States Constitution, the Maine Constitution and other primary sources.
B.1.e. Compare how laws are made in Maine and at the federal level in the United States.
B.2. Rights, Duties, Responsibilities, and Citizen Participation in Government: Students understand constitutional and legal rights, civic duties and responsibilities, and roles of citizens in a constitutional democracy.
B.2.b. Describe how the powers of government are limited to protect individual rights and minority rights as described in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
ME.C. Economics: Students draw on concepts and processes from economics to understand issues of personal finance and issues of production, distribution, and consumption in the community, Maine, the United States, and world.
C.1. Economic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns: Students understand the principles and processes of personal economics, the influence of economics on personal life and business, and the economic systems of Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world.
C.1.a. Explain that economics is the study of how scarcity requires choices about what, how, for whom, and in what quantity to produce, and how scarcity relates to market economy, entrepreneurship, supply and demand, and personal finance.
C.1.b. Describe the functions of economic institutions and economic processes including financial institutions, businesses, government, taxing, and trade.
C.1.c. Identify factors that contribute to personal spending and savings decisions including work, wages, income, expenses, and budgets as they relate to the study of individual financial choices.
C.2. Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in Economics: Students understand economic aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and various world cultures, including Maine Native Americans.
C.2a. Describe factors in economic development, and how states, regions, and nations have worked together to promote economic unity and interdependence.
ME.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.
ME.D. Geography: Students draw on concepts and processes from geography to understand issues involving people, places, and environments in the community, Maine, the United States, and world.
D.1. Geographic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns: Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world and the geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future.
D.1.a. Explain that geography includes the study of physical, environmental, and cultural features of the State, nation, and various regions of the world to identify consequences of geographic influences and make predictions.
D.1.b. Use the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps to gather geographic information.
D.1.c. Identify the major regions of the Earth and their major physical features and political boundaries using a variety of geographic tools.
ME.E. History: Students draw on concepts and processes from history to develop historical perspective and understand issues of continuity and change in the community, Maine, the United States, and world.
E.1. Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns: Students understand major eras, major enduring themes, and historic influences in the history of Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world.
E.1.a. Explain that history includes the study of past human experience based on available evidence from a variety of sources; and explain how history can help one better understand and make informed decisions about the present and future.
E.1.b. Identify and analyze major historical eras, major enduring themes, turning points, events, consequences, and people in the history of Maine, the United States and various regions of the world.
E.1.d. Analyze interpretations of historical events that are based on different perspectives and evidence.
E.2. Individual, Cultural, International, and Global Connections in History: Students understand historical aspects of unity and diversity in Maine, the United States, and various world cultures, including Maine Native Americans.
E.2.b. Identify and compare a variety of cultures through time, including comparisons of native and immigrant groups in the United States, and eastern and western societies in the world.
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