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Skills available for Alabama eighth-grade social studies standards

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1 Explain how artifacts and other archaeological findings provide evidence of the nature and movement of prehistoric groups of people.

2 Analyze characteristics of early civilizations in respect to technology, division of labor, government, calendar, and writings.

3 Compare the development of early world religions and philosophies and their key tenets.

4 Identify cultural contributions of Classical Greece, including politics, intellectual life, arts, literature, architecture, and science.

5 Describe the role of Alexander the Great in the Hellenistic world.

  • Defining boundaries of Alexander the Great's empire and its economic impact

  • Identifying reasons for the separation of Alexander the Great's empire into successor kingdoms

  • Evaluating major contributions of Hellenistic art, philosophy, science, and political thought

6 Trace the expansion of the Roman Republic and its transformation into an empire, including key geographic, political, and economic elements.

7 Describe the widespread impact of the Roman Empire.

  • Tracing important aspects of the diffusion of Christianity, including its relationship to Judaism, missionary impulse, organizational development, transition from persecution to acceptance in the Roman Empire, and church doctrine

  • Explaining the role of economics, societal changes, Christianity, political and military problems, external factors, and the size and diversity of the Roman Empire in its decline and fall

8 Describe the development of a classical civilization in India and China.

  • Identifying the effect of monsoons on India

  • Identifying landforms and climate regions of China

9 Describe the rise of the Byzantine Empire, its institutions, and its legacy, including the influence of the Emperors Constantine and Justinian and the effect of the Byzantine Empire on art, religion, architecture, and law.

  • Identifying factors leading to the establishment of the Eastern Orthodox Church

10 Trace the development of the early Russian state and the expansion of its trade systems.

11 Describe early Islamic civilizations, including the development of religious, social, and political systems.

12 Describe China's influence on culture, politics, and economics in Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

13 Compare the African civilizations of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai to include geography, religions, slave trade, economic systems, empires, and cultures.

14 Describe key aspects of pre-Columbian cultures in the Americas including the Olmecs, Mayas, Aztecs, Incas, and North American tribes.

15 Describe military and governmental events that shaped Europe in the early Middle Ages (600-1000 A.D.).

16 Describe major cultural changes in Western Europe in the High Middle Ages (1000-1300 A.D.).

17 Explain how events and conditions fostered political and economic changes in the late Middle Ages and led to the origins of the Renaissance.