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The Seven Strands of Social Studies. Eighth Grade Unit Andrew B. Londergan 11/12/2002 ED 639 – Dr. Helms Wright State University. Table of Contents. Slides 3 and 4 - American Heritage Slides 5 and 6 – People in Societies Slides 7 and 8 – World Interactions

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The Seven Strands of Social Studies

Eighth Grade Unit

Andrew B. Londergan


ED 639 – Dr. Helms

Wright State University

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Table of Contents

  • Slides 3 and 4 - American Heritage

  • Slides 5 and 6 – People in Societies

  • Slides 7 and 8 – World Interactions

  • Slides 9 and 10 – Decision Making and Resources

  • Slides 11 and 12 – Democratic Processes

  • Slides 13 and 14 – Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

  • Slides 15 and 16 – Science, Technology, and Society

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American HeritageActivities

  • Assign textbook reading about the history and development of the President’s Cabinet. Discuss the Cabinet’s evolution.

  • Lecture about Shay’s Rebellion and its causal relationship to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

  • Compare and contrast the Mayflower Compact with the Constitution in a one page essay.

  • Examine and chart the settlement patterns of the U.S. through census records.

  • Group presentations relating the success of the American Revolution with revolutions for independence which have followed throughout the world.

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American Heritage Websites

Shay's Rebellion

The development of the Cabinet

The Mayflower Compact

Census figures

French Revolution

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People in Societies Activities

  • Discuss contacts between Native Americans and French and English in Ohio.

  • Compare the views of Japan and Europe on foreign trade.

  • Examine the reasons why various groups left their homelands to come to America.

  • Contrast the attitudes of Native Americans and whites on westward expansion.

  • Write a family history. Research should include interviewing relatives.

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People in Societies Websites


  • World views on foreign trade

  • U.S. Immigration History

  • The impact of white settlement

  • Genealogy research

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World Interactions Activities

  • List the exchange rates in five foreign countries.

  • Present the populations of the states by color coding the states on a blank outline map.

  • List the longitude and latitude of ten national capitals.

  • Discuss the impact of language on racial prejudice.

  • Lecture about the benefits and weaknesses of a tariff system.

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World Interactions Websites

  • Exchange rates

  • State populations

  • World maps

  • Language prejudice

  • Tariffs

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Decision-Making and Resources Activities

  • Divide class into three groups – national, state, and local. Each group should produce a presentation on the taxes that their level of government controls.

  • In a two page essay, compare the Native American economy in 1600 with that of Europe in the same era.

  • Lecture about the impact of the Federal Reserve on economic activity.

  • Following a textbook reading assignment, discuss the effect that money had on the American Revolution.

  • Show Milton Friedman’s “Free to Choose” P.B.S. video.

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Decision-Making and Resources Websites

  • Taxes

  • Economic history

  • Federal Reserve Board information

  • American Revolution

  • Milton Friedman

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Democratic Processes Activities

  • Identify the qualifications for voting today and compare them with voting qualifications of the past.

  • Brainstorm ideas for a school or class motto. Hold school or class wide election to determine the winner.

  • View a televised debate between political opponents. Discuss the effectiveness and appeal of each candidate.

  • Lecture about the separation of federal powers and how they check and balance each other.

  • Discuss how the Articles of Confederation influenced the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

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Democratic Processes Websites

  • Voting requirements

  • Political candidates

  • Televised debates

  • Separation of powers

  • Articles of Confederation

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Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Activities

  • Groups will present a brief report on a president’s leadership ability. Each report should list 3 areas of leadership.

  • Groups are given five anonymous candidates. Groups then discuss and decide what anonymous candidate they would choose to be their leader. Groups must explain why they made their choices.

  • Debate the issue of punishment vs. rehabilitation after analyzing and interpreting information.

  • Discuss the fundamental American principle of “pursuit of happiness”. Determine what this principle means.

  • Play the “Blame Game”. Discuss who is to blame for society’s problems.

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Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities Websites

  • The Presidents

  • Leadership

  • Juvenile justice

  • Tough on crime

  • Current events

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Science, Technology, and Society Activities

  • Discuss how the invention of the automobile changed American life.

  • Examine the relationship between medical advancement and world population.

  • Explain that new laws are needed to govern new technologies.

  • Discuss the seven wonders of the world and then create an eighth. Use modern science and technology to create this eighth wonder.

  • Contrast contemporary theories on evolution with those of the past.

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Science, Technology, and Society Websites

  • Invention of the automobile

  • World Population

  • Technology law

  • Seven wonders of the world

  • Evolution