I Can Objectives 8th Grade Social Studies Standards
I can use primary and secondary sources to examine events from multiple perspectives and to present and defend a position.
I can learn North America, originally inhabited by American Indians, was explored and colonized by Europeans for economic and religious reasons.
I can learn how competition for control of territory and resources in North America led to conflicts among colonizing powers.
I can learn the practice of race-based slavery led to the forced migration of Africans to the American colonies. Their knowledge and traditions contributed to the development of those colonies and the United States.
I can learn the ideas of the Enlightenment and dissatisfaction with colonial rule led English colonists to write the Declaration of Independence and launch the American Revolution.
I can learn the outcome of the American Revolution was national independence and new political, social and economic relationships for the American people.
I can learn about problems arising under the Articles of Confederation led to debate over the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
I can learn about actions of early presidential administrations established a strong federal government, provided peaceful transitions of power and repelled a foreign invasion.
I can learn about how the United States added to its territory trough treaties and purchases.
I can learn about how westward expansion contributed to economic and industrial development, debates over sectional issues, war with Mexico and the displacement of American Indians.
I can learn how disputes over the nature of federalism, complicated by economic developments in the United States, resulted in sectional issues, including slavery, which led to the American Civil War.
I can learn that the Reconstruction period resulted in changes to the U.S. Constitution, an affirmation of federal authority and lingering social and political differences.