Grade Eight

Grade Eight

A MORE PERFECT UNION:

U.S. HISTORY 1763-1877

For more information about the Students Discovering Justice Grade Eight curriculum, contact Jan Shafer at 617.748.4184 or jshafer@discoveringjustice.org

A More Perfect Union: U.S. History 1763-1877 explores the ways in which democratic principles have guided the nation from its struggle to gain independence up through its attempts to reunify and recover from civil war. Students analyze primary sources, investigate events from multiple perspectives, simulate key moments from history, explore the roles of propaganda and technology during wartime, examine court cases and laws, and develop arguments based on careful consideration of historical evidence. They witness how the founding principle of a “self-evident” truth of equality has been the driving force behind the nation’s struggle to create “a more perfect union.” The eighth grade curriculum provides fertile ground for students to draw parallels between social justice movements of the past and present, engaging and inviting them to create an even more just future.

PREVIEW GRADE EIGHT RESOURCES

Slideshow: The Emancipation Proclamation

Sample Lesson: Growing Tensions between North and South

Sample Lesson: The Intolerable Acts

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