Grade Level Archives: 8th Grade

The Alien Act and the Power of Government

In this lesson, students will compare the language and rhetoric of the Alien Act of 1798 with recent legislation whose purpose is to identify and more...
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The Dred Scott Decision: Republican vs. Democratic Perspective

Students will read and analyze contemporary newspaper editorials of 1857 regarding the Dred Scott decision to analyze differences in perspective of Democratic Party followers and more...
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Transatlantic Slavery with Scaffolding for English Language Learners (ELLs)

This lesson introduces the topic of transatlantic slavery using a variety of primary source maps, images and easy-to-read documents, with suggestions for differentiation for English more...
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The Beginning of Advocacy – Social Reformers React to Change

This lesson was designed specifically for 8th grade students that complete the Student Advocacy CAPSSL Project, to help them connect historical information with to their more...
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How Did the North Really Feel?

In studying the causes of the Civil War, students often believe that the whole of the Northern United States stood against slavery and the whole more...
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Who fought in the French and Indian War?

The French & Indian War is a confusing topic for many new secondary students with beginning English language proficiency and limited background knowledge. In this more...
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Revolutionary events abroad lead to the peaceful election of 1800

Students will briefly discuss the fear of political parties during Washington’s administration, culminating in the passage of the Sedition Acts during the administration of John more...
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ALL created equal…well, maybe not everyone

The argument over slavery already existed as we formed our Constitution but the word slavery is not in the document. Were the founding fathers for more...
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War part deux? The War of 1812, the second war for American independence

The War of 1812 is the final topic taught before the Semester 1 exam. Even though it is addressed so close to the exam, there more...
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Was Maryland in a state of rebellion in 1861?

Students will examine primary source documents to determine whether or not Maryland was in a state of rebellion, which would justify Lincoln to suspend the more...
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