UNIT PLANNING OVERVIEW FOR QUARTER: _First_________________________
COMPLETE WITH HOME CONNECTION
Teacher Name: Patock
Grade Level: 8th
Subject: Social Studies
Topic Description: United States History: Reconstruction to Present
Common Core Standards
RH1: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
RH2: Determine the central ideas of information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior opinions.
Students will understand that...
The growth of industry in the U.S. drastically effected the economy;
The political situations that occurred both domestically and internationally and the affects on the U.S.;
Railroads effect on the economy;
Big industry caused the creation of unions;
Immigration problems of that era.
Discuss how Congress during Reconstruction was different yet similar to that of today.
Examine how industry in the U.S. continues to change the economy.
Discuss how railroads improved transportation in the U.S.
Examine the factors that caused the creation of unions in the U.S.
Students will know…
That new inventions replace old ones;
That the economy is affected by new inventions as it still is today;
That railroads changed life in the U.S.
The history of workers rights.
Compare the problems immigrants faced in the U.S. then and today.
Students will be able to…
Students should be able to take the information that is learned and connect it to everyday life. This includes practical knowledge of the economy, government systems and how the past is still seen throughout today’s world in which they live..
Classroom assignments: 25%
Students will be graded on the following types of assignments:
Small group in class assignments
One project for the quarter: Student may choose to work individually or with one partner/ Project will ask student to either produce a power point type That Native Americans had a different philosophy of life than Europeans;
That European explorers were looking for economic gain when discovering the Americas;
The difference between mercantilism and a free market economy;
Spain dominated the world’s economy during the early days of empire in the Americas;
The influence of Spain, Portugal, England and France in the Americas;
The difficulties establishing a colony.
Parents can assist by doing the following: Discuss the use of money in our society;
Discuss past cultures and what they have given to our present society;
Discuss how architecture we have in Chicago has been influenced by past societies;
Discuss how various religions have influenced our society;
Discuss how weather affects our agriculture.