Eighth Grade Social Studies

Integrated with Language Arts in Middle School Humanities program. Focus: U.S. Constitution, Westward Expansion, Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil Rights Movement, Criminal Justice, Poverty. Literature: “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,” nonfiction books centered around themes of injustice, “House on Mango Street,” “American Born Chinese,” “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Skills: Journal writing, literature discussions, independent reading, read aloud, group work, visible thinking. Projects: book review, analytical essay, oral history project, original constitutions, poetic prose, justice monument proposals.