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Eight Grade History/Social Science Standards

8.1 Students understand the major events preceding the founding of the nation and relate their significance to the development of American constitutional democracy.

8.1.4 Describe the nation’s blend of civic republicanism, classical liberal principles, and English parliamentary traditions.
8.2 Students analyze the political principles underlying the US Consitiution and compare the enumerated and implied powers of the federal government.
8.2.7 Describe the principles of federalism, dual sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, the nature and purpose of majority rule, and the ways in which the American idea of constitutionalism perserves individual rights.
8.3 Students understand the foundationof the American political systme and the ways in which citizens participate in it.
8.3.6 Describe the basic law-making process and how the constitution provides numerous opportunities for citizens to participate in the politcal process and to monitor and influence government.

Eight Grade Common Core State Standards

RI.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RI.8.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

RH.6-8.3 Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

RH.6-8.6 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose.

W.8.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

SL8.1 Engage effectively in a range of colalborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.