Welcome to my 8th Grade US/NC History web site!
Mr. W.K. Smith
The 8th Grade Social Studies curriculum focuses on U.S. History with emphasis on the role North Carolina has played. Links to the Common Core Standards and Pacing Guide can be found under the "Social Studies Information" tab.
Other Learning Objectives:
o Students will be able to explain how needs, wants, and beliefs impact individual and societal behavior.
o Students will be able to explain the long and short-term consequences of individual and societal actions.
o Students will be able to evaluate ways to resolve conflicts and meet challenges based on the historical patterns they have studied.
Some "Big Picture" Questions:
o How can societies balance the exercise of power without becoming abusive?
o How does geography affect society and its outlook?
o How does class conflict influence history?
o How does the government protect the economic interests of the powerful?
o How do beliefs and customs affect people's decision-making?
“We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
― Howard Zinn