Washington State K–12 Learning Standards and Guidelines
WA.8.1. CIVICS - The student understands and applies knowledge of government, law, politics, and the nation’s fundamental documents to make decisions about local, national, and international issues and to demonstrate thoughtful, participatory citizenship.
8.1.3. Understands the purposes and organization of international relationships and U.S. foreign policy.
18.104.22.168. Analyzes how the United States has interacted with other countries in the past or present.
WA.8.4. HISTORY - The student understands and applies knowledge of historical thinking, chronology, eras, turning points, major ideas, individuals, and themes of local, Washington State, tribal, United States, and world history in order to evaluate how history shapes the present and future.
8.4.4. Uses history to understand the present and plan for the future.
22.214.171.124. Analyzes how a historical event in United States history helps us to understand a current issue.
WA.8.5. SOCIAL STUDIES SKILLS - The student understands and applies reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, and form and evaluate positions through the processes of reading, writing, and communicating.
8.5.1. Uses critical reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate positions.
126.96.36.199. Understands reasons based on evidence for a position on an issue or event.
188.8.131.52. Evaluates the logic of reasons for a position on an issue or event.
WA.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.