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Texas Assessments Standards (STAAR) for Eighth Grade Social Studies

TX.STAAR.8. STAAR Grade 8 Social Studies Assessment

Reporting Category 1: History - The student will demonstrate an understanding of issues and events in U.S. history.

(8.1) History. The student understands traditional historical points of reference in U.S. history through 1877. The student is expected to:
8.1 (A) Identify the major eras and events in U.S. history through 1877, including colonization, revolution, drafting of the Declaration of Independence, creation and ratification of the Constitution, religious revivals such as the Second Great Awakening, early republic, the Age of Jackson, westward expansion, reform movements, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction, and describe their causes and effects. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.1 (C) Explain the significance of the following dates: 1607, founding of Jamestown; 1620, arrival of the Pilgrims and signing of the Mayflower Compact; 1776, adoption of the Declaration of Independence; 1787, writing of the U.S. Constitution; 1803, Louisiana Purchase; and 1861-1865, Civil War. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.2) History. The student understands the causes of exploration and colonization eras. The student is expected to:
8.2 (A) Identify reasons for European exploration and colonization of North America. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.2 (B) Compare political, economic, religious, and social reasons for the establishment of the 13 English colonies. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.3) History. The student understands the foundations of representative government in the United States. The student is expected to:
8.3 (B) Analyze the importance of the Mayflower Compact, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, and the Virginia House of Burgesses to the growth of representative government. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.3 (C) Describe how religion and virtue contributed to the growth of representative government in the American colonies. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.4) History. The student understands significant political and economic issues of the revolutionary era. The student is expected to:
8.4 (A) Analyze causes of the American Revolution, including the Proclamation of 1763, the Intolerable Acts, the Stamp Act, mercantilism, lack of representation in Parliament, and British economic policies following the French and Indian War. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.4 (B) Explain the roles played by significant individuals during the American Revolution, including Abigail Adams, John Adams, Wentworth Cheswell, Samuel Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, James Armistead, Benjamin Franklin, Bernardo de Gálvez, Crispus Attucks, King George III, Haym Salomon, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, Thomas Paine, and George Washington. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.4 (C) Explain the issues surrounding important events of the American Revolution, including declaring independence; writing the Articles of Confederation; fighting the battles of Lexington, Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown; enduring the winter at Valley Forge; and signing the Treaty of Paris of 1783. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
(8.5) History. The student understands the challenges confronted by the government and its leaders in the early years of the republic and the Age of Jackson. The student is expected to:
8.5 (A) Describe major domestic problems faced by the leaders of the new republic such as maintaining national security, building a military, creating a stable economic system, setting up the court system, and defining the authority of the central government. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.5 (B) Summarize arguments regarding protective tariffs, taxation, and the banking system. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.5 (D) Explain the causes, important events, and effects of the War of 1812. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.5 (E) Identify the foreign policies of presidents Washington through Monroe and explain the impact of Washington's Farewell Address and the Monroe Doctrine. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.5 (F) Explain the impact of the election of Andrew Jackson, including expanded suffrage. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.5 (G) Analyze the reasons for the removal and resettlement of Cherokee Indians during the Jacksonian era, including the Indian Removal Act, Worcester v. Georgia, and the Trail of Tears. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.6) History. The student understands westward expansion and its effects on the political, economic, and social development of the nation. The student is expected to:
8.6 (A) Explain how the Northwest Ordinance established principles and procedures for orderly expansion of the United States. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.6 (B) Explain the political, economic, and social roots of Manifest Destiny. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.6 (C) Analyze the relationship between the concept of Manifest Destiny and the westward growth of the nation. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.6 (D) Explain the causes and effects of the U.S.-Mexican War and their impact on the United States. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.6 (E) Identify areas that were acquired to form the United States, including the Louisiana Purchase. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.7) History. The student understands how political, economic, and social factors led to the growth of sectionalism and the Civil War. The student is expected to:
8.7 (B) Compare the effects of political, economic, and social factors on slaves and free blacks. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.7 (C) Analyze the impact of slavery on different sections of the United States. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.7 (D) Identify the provisions and compare the effects of congressional conflicts and compromises prior to the Civil War, including the roles of John Quincy Adams, John C. Calhoun, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.8) History. The student understands individuals, issues, and events of the Civil War. The student is expected to:
8.8 (A) Explain the roles played by significant individuals during the Civil War, including Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and Abraham Lincoln, and heroes such as congressional Medal of Honor recipients William Carney and Philip Bazaar. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.8 (B) Explain the causes of the Civil War, including sectionalism, states' rights, and slavery, and significant events of the Civil War, including the firing on Fort Sumter; the battles of Antietam, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg; the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation; Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House; and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.8 (C) Analyze Abraham Lincoln's ideas about liberty, equality, union, and government as contained in his first and second inaugural addresses and the Gettysburg Address and contrast them with the ideas contained in Jefferson Davis's inaugural address. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.9) History. The student understands the effects of Reconstruction on the political, economic, and social life of the nation. The student is expected to:
8.9 (A) Evaluate legislative reform programs of the Radical Reconstruction Congress and reconstructed state governments. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.9 (C) Explain the economic, political, and social problems during Reconstruction and evaluate their impact on different groups. Readiness Standards (STAAR)

Reporting Category 2: Geography and Culture - The student will demonstrate an understanding of geographic and cultural influences on historical issues and events.

(8.10) Geography. The student understands the location and characteristics of places and regions of the United States, past and present. The student is expected to:
8.10 (A) Locate places and regions of importance in the United States during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.10 (B) Compare places and regions of the United States in terms of physical and human characteristics. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.10 (C) Analyze the effects of physical and human geographic factors on major historical and contemporary events in the United States. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
(8.11) Geography. The student understands the physical characteristics of North America and how humans adapted to and modified the environment through the mid-19th century. The student is expected to:
8.11 (A) Analyze how physical characteristics of the environment influenced population distribution, settlement patterns, and economic activities in the United States during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.11 (C) Describe how different immigrant groups interacted with the environment in the United States during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.23) Culture. The student understands the relationships between and among people from various groups, including racial, ethnic, and religious groups, during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The student is expected to:
8.23 (A) Identify selected racial, ethnic, and religious groups that settled in the United States and explain their reasons for immigration. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.23 (C) Identify ways conflicts between people from various racial, ethnic, and religious groups were resolved. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.23 (D) Analyze the contributions of people of various racial, ethnic, and religious groups to our national identity. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.23 (E) Identify the political, social, and economic contributions of women to American society. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.24) Culture. The student understands the major reform movements of the 19th century. The student is expected to:
8.24 (A) Describe the historical development of the abolitionist movement. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.24 (B) Evaluate the impact of reform movements, including educational reform, temperance, the women's rights movement, prison reform, abolition, the labor reform movement, and care of the disabled. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
(8.25) Culture. The student understands the impact of religion on the American way of life. The student is expected to:
8.25 (A) Trace the development of religious freedom in the United States. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.25 (B) Describe religious motivation for immigration and influence on social movements, including the impact of the first and second Great Awakenings. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.25 (C) Analyze the impact of the First Amendment guarantees of religious freedom on the American way of life. Readiness Standards (STAAR)

Reporting Category 3: Government and Citizenship - The student will demonstrate an understanding of the role of government and the civic process on historical issues and events.

(8.15) Government. The student understands the American beliefs and principles reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and other important historic documents. The student is expected to:
8.15 (A) Identify the influence of ideas from historic documents, including the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact, the Federalist Papers, and selected Anti-Federalist writings, on the U.S. system of government. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.15 (B) Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.15 (C) Identify colonial grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence and explain how those grievances were addressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.15 (D) Analyze how the U.S. Constitution reflects the principles of limited government, republicanism, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, popular sovereignty, and individual rights. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
(8.16) Government. The student understands the process of changing the U.S. Constitution and the impact of amendments on American society. The student is expected to:
8.16 (A) Summarize the purposes for and process of amending the U.S. Constitution. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.16 (B) Describe the impact of 19th-century amendments, including the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, on life in the United States. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
(8.17) Government. The student understands the dynamic nature of the powers of the national government and state governments in a federal system. The student is expected to:
8.17 (A) Analyze the arguments of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, including those of Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry, James Madison, and George Mason. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.17 (B) Explain constitutional issues arising over the issue of states' rights, including the Nullification Crisis and the Civil War. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
(8.18) Government. The student understands the impact of landmark Supreme Court cases. The student is expected to:
8.18 (C) Evaluate the impact of selected landmark Supreme Court decisions, including Dred Scott v. Sandford, on life in the United States. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.19) Citizenship. The student understands the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States. The student is expected to:
8.19 (A) Define and give examples of unalienable rights. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.19 (B) Summarize rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
(8.20) Citizenship. The student understands the importance of voluntary individual participation in the democratic process. The student is expected to:
8.20 (B) Evaluate the contributions of the Founding Fathers as models of civic virtue. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.21) Citizenship. The student understands the importance of the expression of different points of view in a constitutional republic. The student is expected to:
8.21 (A) Identify different points of view of political parties and interest groups on important historical and contemporary issues. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.21 (B) Describe the importance of free speech and press in a constitutional republic. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.22) Citizenship. The student understands the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic. The student is expected to:
8.22 (A) Analyze the leadership qualities of elected and appointed leaders of the United States such as George Washington, John Marshall, and Abraham Lincoln. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.22 (B) Describe the contributions of significant political, social, and military leaders of the United States such as Frederick Douglass, John Paul Jones, James Monroe, Stonewall Jackson, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Supporting Standard (STAAR)

Reporting Category 4: Economics, Science, Technology and Society - The student will demonstrate an understanding of economic and technological influences on historical issues and events.

(8.12) Economics. The student understands why various sections of the United States developed different patterns of economic activity. The student is expected to:
8.12 (B) Explain reasons for the development of the plantation system, the transatlantic slave trade, and the spread of slavery. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.12 (C) Explain the reasons for the increase in factories and urbanization. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.12 (D) Analyze the causes and effects of economic differences among different regions of the United States at selected times in U.S. history. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
(8.13) Economics. The student understands how various economic forces resulted in the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. The student is expected to:
8.13 (A) Analyze the War of 1812 as a cause of economic changes in the nation. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.13 (B) Identify the economic factors that brought about rapid industrialization and urbanization. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
(8.27) Science, technology, and society. The student understands the impact of science and technology on the economic development of the United States. The student is expected to:
8.27 (A) Explain the effects of technological and scientific innovations such as the steamboat, the cotton gin, and interchangeable parts. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.27 (B) Analyze the impact of transportation and communication systems on the growth, development, and urbanization of the United States. Readiness Standards (STAAR)
8.27 (D) Explain how technological innovations brought about economic growth such as how the factory system contributed to rapid industrialization and the Transcontinental Railroad led to the opening of the west. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
(8.28) Science, technology, and society. The student understands the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on daily life in the United States. The student is expected to:
8.28 (A) Compare the effects of scientific discoveries and technological innovations that have influenced daily life in different periods in U.S. history. Supporting Standard (STAAR)
8.28 (B) Identify examples of how industrialization changed life in the United States. Supporting Standard (STAAR)

Social Studies Skills: These skills will not be listed under a separate reporting category. Instead, they will be incorporated in the test questions in reporting categories 1-4 and will be identified along with content standards.

(8.29) Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired through established research methodologies from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology. The student is expected to:
8.29 (A) Differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about the United States. (STAAR)
8.29 (B) Analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions. (STAAR)
8.29 (C) Organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps. (STAAR)
8.29 (D) Identify points of view from the historical context surrounding an event and the frame of reference which influenced the participants. (STAAR)
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8.29 (H) Use appropriate mathematical skills to interpret social studies information such as maps and graphs. (STAAR)
8.29 (J) Pose and answer questions about geographic distributions and patterns shown on maps, graphs, charts, models, and databases. (STAAR)
(8.30) Social studies skills. The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms. The student is expected to:
8.30 (A) Use social studies terminology correctly. (STAAR)
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