Welcome to Mrs. Meyers 8th Grade Social Studies Class!
I am very excited about the upcoming school year! The lessons and student expectations are designed to enable this school year to be productive as well as fun. Upon entering my classroom, American History will come to life in a variety of ways. Students will virtually enter tenement life during the late 1800's, relive trench warfare, and simulate sweatshop conditions for children their age among many other activities. In addition to traditional unit tests, students will be involved in diverse and creative project-based activities. The culmination of the above will allow the students to leave 8th grade social studies with a broad knowlege base, coupled with memories that will last a life time!
By the end of the year students will be able to:
- Explain the structure of the U.S. Government and its basic principles
- Identify the reasons for the migration westward and the effect of that movement on various groups and on American history.
- Explain the reasons the U.S. became an industrialized nation in the late 1800's and the effects of that industrialization.
- Explain how immigration has influenced American life.
- Compare and contrast the growth of American as a result of industrialization, urbanization, and immigration.
- Explain how and why the U.S. became a world power at the beginning of this century.
- Identify the reasons for U.S. involvement in World War I and its effect.
- Interpret the conditions in the U.S. between World War I and the Great Depression.
- Indentify the causes of U.S. involvement in World War II and explain the impacts of our involvement in the war.
- Explain the changing role of the U.S. in world affairs post-1945.