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OR.SS.8. Social Sciences - Grade 8: U.S. History -- 1765-Reconstruction

Civics and Government

8.15. Contrast the impact of the Articles of Confederation as a form of government to the U.S. Constitution.
8.16. Compare and contrast how European governments and the United States government interacted with Native American peoples.
8.18. Examine and analyze important United States documents, including (but not limited to) the Constitution, Bill of Rights, 13th-15th Amendments.
8.19. Examine important Supreme Court decisions prior to 1880 and the impact of the decisions on government practices, personal liberties, and property rights.
8.20. Analyze the changing definition of citizenship and the expansion of rights.
8.21. Analyze important political and ethical values such as freedom, democracy, equality, and justice embodied in documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

Economics/Financial Literacy

8.23. Describe how industrialization changes production and how it creates shifts in the market.


8.10. Interpret maps to identify growth and development of the United States.
8.11. Identify and describe patterns and networks of economic interdependence, migration, and settlement.

Historical Knowledge

8.1. Evaluate continuity and change over the course of United States history by analyzing examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, or nations.
8.2. Evaluate continuity and change over the course of Unites States history, by analyzing key people and constitutional convention, age of Jefferson, industrial revolution, westward expansion, Civil War.
8.3. Examine social, political and economic factors that caused westward expansion from American Revolution through reconstruction.
8.4. Evaluate the impact of different factors, including gender, age, ethnicity and class on groups and individuals during this time period and the impact these groups and individuals have on events of the time.
8.5. Analyze the causes as outlined in the Declaration of Independence, and examine the major American and British leaders, key events, international support, and consequences of (e.g., Articles of Confederation, changes in trade relationships, achievement of independence by the United States) the American Revolution.

OR.SS.CS. Social Sciences - CORE STANDARDS

Civics and Government

CS.12. Analyze the structure and functions of political parties, interest groups, and the mass media and their affect on the political beliefs and behaviors of citizens.
CS.15. Identify defining documents and speeches of United States government and the specific purpose and significance of each.
CS.16. Examine the pluralistic realities of society (e.g., race, poverty, gender, and age), recognizing issues of equity, and evaluating need for change.


CS.17. Examine the structure and functions of the US economy to analyze the impact of systemic decisions on personal, local, regional, national and global economies.
CS.18. Examine the interdependence of economic systems and institutions and its effects upon individual, local, regional, national, and global decision-making.
CS.20. Explain how changes in economic markets are related to availability of resources, production, distribution, and technological developments.
CS.21. Analyze the allocation of scarce resources through individual choice, market interaction, and public policy.

Financial Literacy

CS.22. Acquire the knowledge and economic reasoning skills to make sound personal financial decisions to meet long and short term goals.
CS.23. Understand and apply key concepts of personal income potential, risk management, and investment.
CS.24. Examine individual responsibility and the impact of decisions on personal, local, regional, national and global economies.


CS.5. Apply geographic skills, concepts, and technologies (e.g., maps, GIS, Google Earth) to gather, display, and analyze spatial information.
CS.6. Analyze economic, social, human migration, settlement, and distribution patterns.
CS.7. Locate and examine physical and human characteristics of places and regions, their impact on developing societies, and their connections and interdependence.
CS.8. Evaluate how human cooperation and competition for resources shape the earth's political, economic, physical, and social environments.


CS.1. Analyze and apply cause and effect relationships to a variety of historical issues, events and problems.
CS.2. Analyze and apply change and continuity relationships to a variety of historical issues, events, and problems.

Social Science Analysis

CS.28. Analyze characteristics, causes, and consequences of an event, issue, problem or phenomenon.

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