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Eighth Grade Social Studies Standards

Quarter 1 Standards: 
  1. G8.RH.01: I can use strong evidence to support my understanding of the primary and secondary sources.

  2. G8.RH.02: I can determine and summarize the central idea of a primary or secondary source.

  3. G8.1SS.C1.PO2: I can interpret historical data displayed in graphs, tables, and charts. 

  4. G8.1SS.C1.PO5: I can describe the relationship between primary a primary source document and a secondary source document. 

  5. G8.1SS.C1.PO6: I can determine the credibility and bias of primary and secondary sources.

  6. G8.1SS.C1.PO7: I can analyze cause and effect relationships between and among individuals and/or historical events.

  7. G8.1SS.C1.PO8: I can describe two points of view on the same historical view.

  8. G8.1SS.C7.PO12: I can describe the events that led to the United States' involvement in World War I.

  9. G8.1SS.C7.PO13: I can describe the important events associated with WWI. 

  10. G8.1SS.C8.PO1: I can identify the economic policies and factors that led to the Great Depression. 

  11. G8.1SS.C8.PO2: I can analyze the impact of natural and man made crises of the Great Depression.

  12. G8.1SS.C8.PO3: I can describe how New Deal programs affected American people.

  13. G8.1SS.C10.PO8: I can describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).

  14. G8.1SS.C10.PO9: I can identify the connection between current and historical events and issues studied at this grade level using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).

  15. G8.2SS.C1.PO1: I can construct charts, graphs, and narratives using historical data.

  16. G8.2SS.C1.PO2: I can interpret historical data displayed in graphs, tables, and charts.

  17. G8.2SS.C7.PO1: I can describe the factors that led to the rise of imperialism.

  18. G8.2SS.C7.PO2: I can describe how areas in the world were impacted by the imperialism of European countries.

  19. G8.2SS.C7.PO3: I can describe how industrialization of Japan led to its rise as a world power. 

  20. G8.2SS.C7.PO4: I can describe the impact of American interests in the following areas during the early 20th century: a. Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico - Spanish American War b. China - Boxer Rebellion c. Colombia - Panama Canal d. Hawaiian annexation.

  21. G8.2SS.C8.PO1: I can explain how the world movements led to World War I.

  22. G8.2SS.C8.PO2: I can summarize the outcomes of WWI.

  23. G8.4SS.C2.PO1: I can identify common characteristics of contemporary and historical regions on the basis of climate, landforms, ecosystems, and culture.

  24. G8.4SS.C4.PO1: I can identify the push and pull factors (e.g., wars, economic conditions, human rights conditions, famines, political strife/wars, natural disasters, changes in technology) that drive human migrations.

  25. G8.4SS.C4.PO2: I can describe the effects (e.g., economic, environmental, cultural, political) of human migrations on places and regions.

  26. G8.4SS.C4.PO3: I can describe the characteristics and locations of various cultures throughout the world.

  27. G8.4SS.C5.PO1: I can describe how humans modify ecosystems (e.g., deforestation and desertification). 

  28. G8.4SS.C5.PO2: I can describe why humans modify environments (e.g., resources, economic livelihood).

  29. G8.4SS.C5.PO4: I can explain how technology affects the environment (e.g., the effects of chemical wastes on ecosystems; effects of modern waste disposal methods on ecosystems). 

  30. G8.4SS.C5.PO5: I can analyze changing ideas and viewpoints on the best use of natural resources (e.g., value of oil, water use, forest management). 

  31. G8.4SS.C5.PO6: I can explain how societies and governments plan for and respond to natural disasters (e.g., evacuations routes, changing farming techniques, warning systems). 

  32. G8.5SS.C1.PO1: I can explain how limited resources and unlimited human wants causes people to choose some things and give up others.

  33. G8.5SS.C1.PO2: I can analyze how scarcity, opportunity costs, and trade-offs influence decision-making.

  34. G8.5SS.C1.PO3: I can analyze how individuals, governments and businesses make choices based on the availability of resources. 

  35. G8.5SS.C2.PO1: I can identify the institutions that make up an economic system.

  36. G8.5SS.C2.PO2: I can explain the impact of government investment in human capital: a. health (e.g., immunizations) b. education (e.g., college grants, loans) c. training of people (e.g., Job Corps)

  37. G8.5SS.C2.PO3: I can explain the impact of government investment in physical capital (e.g., NASA, transportation) 

  38. G8.5SS.C2.PO4: I can describe how income for most people is determined by the value of the goods and services they sell. 

  39. G8.5SS.C2.PO5: I can describe the impact of entrepreneurs (e.g., Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner, and Donald Trump) in the free enterprise system.

  40. G8.5SS.C2.PO6: I can analyze how investment in physical capital (e.g., factories, medical advancements, new technologies) leads to economic growth.

  41. G8.5SS.C2.PO7: I can describe how competition (e.g., Microsoft/Apple, Wal- Mart/Target) affects supply and demand from the vantage point of the consumer and producer. 

  42. G8.5SS.C2.PO8: I can describe how market prices provide incentives to buyers and sellers.

  43. G8.5SS.C2.PO9: I can describe how protection of private property rights provides incentives to conserve and improve property (e.g., resale market). 

  44. G8.5SS.C3.PO1: I can identify the role of the Federal Reserve System (e.g., organization, functions). 

  45. G8.5SS.C3.PO2: I can identify the effects of inflation on a society.

  46. G8.5SS.C3.PO3: I can analyze the government's role (e.g., fiscal and monetary policies) in economic recovery. 

  47. G8.5SS.C4.PO1: I can compare how private property rights differ in market economies versus command economies (e.g., capitalism versus communism). 

  48. G8.5SS.C4.PO2: I can identify the effects of trade restrictions (e.g., imports, exports, tariffs) between national and world regions.

  49. G8.5SS.C4.PO3: I can describe the role of the United States government in influencing international commerce (e.g., Cuba, China, Middle East).

  50. G8.5SS.C4.PO4: I can identify how nations depend on each other economically.

  51. G8.5SS.C5.PO1: I can explain how my personal financial choices depend on how much money I have.

  52. G8.5SS.C5.PO2: I can describe types of personal investments (e.g., saving accounts, stocks, mutual funds, bonds, retirement funds, land).

  53. G8.5SS.C5.PO3: I can describe the role of the stock market in personal investing. 

  54. G8.5SS.C5.PO4: I can describe various forms of credit (e.g., personal loans, credit cards, lines of credit, mortgages, auto loans).

  55. G8.5SS.C5.PO5: I can analyze consumer credit (e.g., advantages, disadvantages, and alternatives).

  56. G8.5SS.C5.PO6: I can analyze the costs and benefits of producing a personal budget.

  57. G8.5SS.C5.PO7: I can make a budget for myself.

  58. G8.5SS.C5.PO8: I can identify the benefits of future financial planning. 


Quarter 2 Standards:
  1. G8.RH.06: I can identify how aspects of the text reveal an authors point of view or purpose.

  2. G8.1SS.C4.PO4: I can describe the significance of the following documents: a. Declaration of Independence b. Articles of Confederation c. Constitution d. Bill of Rights.

  3. G8.1SS.C4.PO5: I can explain the influence of the following individuals in the establishment of a new government: a. Thomas Jefferson b. James Madison c. John Adams d. Benjamin Franklin.

  4. G8.1SS.C4.PO6: I can describe how one nation evolved from thirteen colonies: a. Constitutional Convention b. George Washington’s presidency c. Creation of political parties (e.g., Federalists, Whigs, Democratic-Republicans). 

  5. G8.1SS.C8.PO2: I can explain how Pearl Harbor led to the United States' involvement in World War II.

  6. G8.1SS.C8.PO4: I can explain the factors that affected the U.S. home front during World War II. 

  7. G8.1SS.C8.PO5: I can describe Arizona's contribution to the war effort during World War II.

  8. G8.1SS.C8.PO6: I can summarize the United States' role in several key events during World War II. 

  9. G8.1SS.C8.PO7: I can analyze the significance of several people in World War II.

  10. G8.1SS.C9.PO6: I can describe the importance of several civil rights issues and events.

  11. G8.2SS.C8.PO3: I can describe the rise of totalitarianism in Europe.

  12. G8.2SS.C8.PO5: I can describe the role of racism and intolerance on the Holocaust.

  13. G8.2SS.C8.PO8: I can describe the results of World War II.

  14. G8.3SS.C5.PO1: I can differentiate world government models.

  15. G8.5SS.C1.PO5: I can describe the impact of natural resources on the economy.

  16. G8.5SS.C4.PO4: I can identify how nations depend on each other economically.


Quarter 3 Standards:
  1. G8.RH.05: I can describe how a text presents information. 

  2. G8.1SS.C8.PO1: I can review the impact of the Great Depression on the United States. 

  3. G8.1SS.C8.PO3: I can explain the impact of World War II on economic recovery from the Great Depression.

  4. G8.1SS.C9.PO1: I can describe the beginnings of the Cold War. 

  5. G8.1SS.C9.PO2: I can describe the impact of the Cold War on the United States.

  6. G8.1SS.C9.PO3: I can Identify the role of the United States in the Korean War.

  7. G8.2SS.C8.PO1: I can review the rise of totalitarianism in Europe following World War I.

  8. G8.2SS.C8.PO2: I can analyze the major causes of World War II: a. Japanese Imperialism - aggressive search for resources  b. Fascism and Nazism - political ideologies c. Treaty of Versailles - resentment toward consequences.

  9. G8.2SS.C8.PO3: I can trace the series of invasions and conquests in the European and Pacific Theaters (i.e., Germany, Soviet Union, Italy, Japan, United States) in World War II.

  10. G8.2SS.C8.PO4: I can describe the following events leading to Allied victory: a. D-Day invasion b. Battle of the Bulge c. Japanese defeat in Iwo Jima and Okinawa d. Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  11. G8.3SS.C1.PO2: I can analyze the purpose and outcome of the Constitutional Convention (e.g., weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, compromises). 

  12. G8.3SS.C1.PO3: I can analyze the struggle between the federalists and the anti-federalists over the ratification of the Constitution (e.g., Federalists' Papers, Bill of Rights). 

  13. G8.3SS.C2.PO3: I can explain the electoral process (e.g., primary and general elections, popular vote, electoral college).

  14. G8.3SS.C2.PO4: I can explain how a candidate can be elected president without receiving a majority of the popular vote (e.g., Adams-Jackson, Hayes-Tilden, Bush-Gore). 

  15. G8.3SS.C2.PO5: I can describe the line of succession to the presidency (i.e., 25th Amendment, through Cabinet members).

  16. G8.3SS.C3.PO4: I can compare the roles and relationships of different levels of government (e.g., federal, state, county, city/town, tribal). 

  17. G8.3SS.C3.PO6: I can compare the adult and juvenile criminal justice systems.

  18. G8.3SS.C3.PO7: I can summarize the significance of the following Supreme Court cases: a. Marbury v Madison b. Plessy v Ferguson c. Brown v Board of Education d. Gideon v Wainright e. Miranda v Arizona f. Korematsu v United States.

  19. G8.3SS.C3.PO8: I can describe the impact of the following executive orders and decisions: a. Executive Order 9066 - creation of internment camps on U.S. soil, b. Manhattan Project, c. use of Atomic Bomb.

  20. G8.3SS.C3.PO9: I can describe the impacts of acts during the Civil Rights Movement.

  21. G8.3SS.C4.PO1: I can describe the benefits of community service.

  22. G8.3SS.C4.PO2: I can discuss the character traits (e.g., respect, fairness, responsibility, involvement) that are important to the preservation and improvement of constitutional democracy in the United States. 

  23. G8.3SS.C4.PO3: I can describe the importance of citizens being actively involved in the democratic process. (e.g., voting, student government, involvement in political  decision making, analyzing issues, petitioning, public officials)   

  24. G8.3SS.C4.PO4: I can explain the obligations and responsibilities of citizenship: a. upholding the Constitution b. obeying the law c. paying taxes d. registering for selective service e. jury duty 

  25. G8.3SS.C4.PO5: I can describe issues related to equal rights. 


Quarter 4 Standards:
  1. G8.RH.08: I can distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text. 

  2. G8.1SS.C9.PO4: I can identify the role of the United States in the Vietnam conflict. 

  3. G8.1SS.C9.PO5: I can describe life in the U.S. during the Post War period (e.g., transportation, communication, technology, medical, entertainment, growth or suburbs) in the U.S. during the Post War period.

  4. G8.1SS.C10.PO7: I can describe events during the presidency of George W. Bush.

  5. G8.1SS.C10.PO10: I can describe how key political, social, geographic and economic events of the late 20th century affected, and continue to affect, the United States.

  6. G8.2SS.C8.PO6: I can summarize each of the following outcomes of World War II: a. redrawing of political boundaries in Europe b. tensions leading to Cold War c. formation of the United Nations d. beginning of atomic age e. rebuilding of Japan

  7. G8.2SS.C8.PO7: I can compare the rebuilding of Japan with the rebuilding of Germany following World War II. 

  8. G8.2SS.C8.PO9: I can describe the spread of Communism after World War II: a. China - Mao Tse-tung and Chinese Revolution b. Korea - 38th parallel and division of country c. Cuba - Fidel Castro and Cuban Missile Crisis d. Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh

  9. G8.2SS.C8.PO12: I can describe how the following impacted the Vietnam War: a. historical relationship of China and Vietnam b. French Indochina War c. Containment of Communism d. Ho Chi Minh Traile. Conflict resolution.

  10. G8.2SS.C8.PO13: I can examine the fall of Communism and the unification of European nations: a. Germany - reunification, Berlin Wall torn down b. Russia - Gorbachev, Glasnost and Perestroika c. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - countries regained independence d. European Union formed.

  11. G8.2SS.C8.PO14: I can describe 20th and 21st century events in the Middle East.

  12. G8.2SS.C8.PO15: I can compare independence movements in various parts of the world (e.g., India/Pakistan, Latin America, Africa, Asia) during the 20th century.

  13. G8.2SS.C8.PO16: I can examine human rights issues during the 20th century (e.g., Apartheid, genocide, famine, disease).

  14. G8.2SS.C9.PO3: I can analyze how world events of the late 20th century and early 21st century affected and continue to affect the social, political, geographical and economic climate of the world (e.g. terrorism, globalization, conflicts, interdependence, natural disasters, advancements in science and technology, environmental issues). 

  15. G8.2SS.C9.PO4: I can compare the economic, political, and social aspects of a country identified in Concept 8 above during the first half of the 20th century to its contemporary economic, political, and social aspects. 

  16. G8.3SS.C5.PO2: I can explain U.S. and world foreign policies leading to the Cold War: a. Truman Doctrine b. NATO  c. Warsaw Pact  d. Marshall Plan.

  17. G8.4SS.C2.PO3: I can examine relationships and interactions (e.g., Middle East Conflicts, NATO, European Union) among regions.

  18. G8.4SS.C4.PO4: I can identify the factors (e.g., breakup of USSR, unification of Germany, cheap labor forces, outsourcing of services, oil industry) that influence the location, a and interrelationships of economic activities in different regions.

  19. G8.4SS.C5.PO3: I can explain how the natural environment affects human activities. 

  20. G8.4SS.C6.PO2: I can describe how groups of people make or change the environment. 


Yearly Standards (taught throughout the school year):
  1. G8.RH.10: I can independently and proficiently read and comprehend history/social studies text in the 8th grade level.

  2. G8.1SS.C1.PO1: I can construct charts, graphs, and narratives using historical data.

  3. G8.1SS.C1.PO3: I can construct a timeline and make connections between important events in history.

  4. G8.1SS.C1.PO4: I can formulate questions that can be answered using study and research.

  5. G8.2SS.C1.PO3: I can construct timelines of the historical era being studied (e.g., presidents/world leaders, key events, people).

  6. G8.2SS.C1.PO4: I can formulate questions that can be answered by historical study and research. 

  7. G8.2SS.C1.PO5: I can describe the difference between a primary source document and a secondary source document and the relationships between them.

  8. G8.2SS.C1.PO6: I can determine the credibility and bias of primary and secondary sources. 

  9. G8.2SS.C1.PO7: I can analyze cause and effect relationships between and among individuals and/or historical events.

  10. G8.2SS.C1.PO8: I can describe two points of view on the same historical view.

  11. G8.2SS.C9.PO1: I can describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).

  12. G8.2SS.C9.PO2: I can identify the connection between current and historical events and issues using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps).

  13. G8.4SS.C1.PO1: I can construct maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information.

  14. G8.4SS.C1.PO2: I can identify purposes of, and differences among, maps, globes, aerial photographs, charts, and satellite images. 

  15. G8.4SS.C1.PO3: I can interpret maps, charts, and geographic databases using geographic information. 

  16. G8.4SS.C1.PO4: I can locate physical and cultural features throughout the world.

  17. G8.4SS.C1.PO5: I can interpret thematic maps, graphs, charts, and databases depicting various aspects of world regions.

  18. G8.4SS.C2.PO4: I can identify how the role of the media, images, and advertising influence the perception of a place. 

  19. G8.4SS.C2.PO5: I can describe how a place changes over time. (connect with content studied).

  20. G8.4SS.C4.PO6 - I can describe the ways culture affects the economic, social, and political activities of people.

  21. G8.4SS.C6.PO1: I can describe ways geographic features and conditions influenced historical circumstances in different periods of time (e.g., jungle warfare in Vietnam, desert warfare in Iraq). 

  22. G8.4SS.C6.PO3: I can use geographic knowledge and skills (e.g., recognizing patterns, mapping, graphing) when discussing current events. 

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