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Social Studies 8 Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Social Studies 8 Part 2 will continue to take students on a journey through American history. This course will begin with the end of the post-Civil War Reconstruction, this course will teach students about important historical events through modern day. Students will begin by learning about the Old West, the mining and railroad industries, and the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women voting rights. The course continues by discussing the Spanish-American War, World War I and II, the Great Depression, the Holocaust, the Korean War, and the Cold War. As students progress to contemporary history, they will learn about the Civil Rights Movement and Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan. This course will also include a study of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and America's role in the global economy.
It is recommended that students successfully complete Social Studies 8 Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Analyze the growth and impact of railroads in the West.
  • Summarize the conflict between Native Americans and settlers.
  • Identify the factors that led to the settlement of the Great Plains.
  • List reasons why industry grew rapidly after the Civil War.
  • Identify factors that led to the growth of cities in the late 1800s.
  • Outline the immigrant experience in the late 1800s.
  • Summarize the political reforms that Progressives supported.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore early attempts by the United States to expand in the Pacific.
  • Summarize the causes and outcomes of the Spanish-American War.
  • Identify the reasons for building the Panama Canal.
  • Identify the factors that led to World War I.
  • Outline the Treaty of Versailles.
  • Identify prohibition.
  • Outline the changes in American culture that are associated with the automobile, radio, and movies.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Outline the economic problems that led to the Great Depression.
  • Examine the 1932 presidential election.
  • Summarize the legacy of the New Deal.
  • Outline the military aggression of Germany, Italy, and Japan.
  • Determine the steps the United States took to prepare for war.
  • Explore the Holocaust.
  • Outline the changes in American society that began after World War II.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify Brown v. Board of Education.
  • Summarize the presidency of Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War.
  • Outline U.S. foreign policy after the Cold War.
  • Identify the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the impact of those attacks.
  • Summarize the role of the United States in the global economy.
  • Identify recent patterns of change in American society. 

Course Materials

  • Prentice Hall America: History Of Our Nation (textbook)

*Available as an iText course