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Skills available for Oklahoma eighth-grade social studies standards

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1 The student will analyze the foundations of the United States by examining the causes, events, and ideologies which led to the American Revolution.

2 The student will examine the foundations of the American nation laid during the Revolutionary Era through the contributions of significant individuals and groups involved in the key military and diplomatic events of the Revolutionary War that resulted in an independent nation.

3 The student will examine the formation of the American system of government following the Revolutionary War that led to the creation of the United States Constitution.

  • 1 Examine and summarize the issues encountered by the young nation that led to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 including the

  • 2 Analyze the significance of the Constitutional Convention, its major debates and compromises including the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, the Great Compromise, the Three-fifths Compromise, and the key contributions of George Washington, James Madison, George Mason, and Gouverneur Morris.

  • 3 Cite specific textual and visual evidence to examine the arguments for and against the ratification of the United States Constitution as expressed in the Federalist Papers Number 10 and Number 51, as well as Anti-Federalist concerns over a strong central government and the omission of a bill of rights.

  • 4 Explain the constitutional pr inciples of popular sovereignty, consent of the governed, separation of powers, checks and balances, federalism, and judicial review.

  • 5 Cite specific textual and visual evidence and summarize the rights and responsibilities all Americans possess under the United States Constitution as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights including the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition, and the rights to due process and trial by jury.

4 The student will examine the political, economic, social, and geographic transformation of the United States during the early to mid-1800s.

  • 1 Analyze the impact and consequences of major events and issues facing early presidential administrations including

    • A The suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion and establishment of the government's right to tax,

    • B President George Washington's advice for the new nation in his Farewell Address,

    • C The restriction of individual rights in the Alien and Sedition Acts and the responses of the Republican- Democrats in the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions,

    • D The impact of the presidential election of 1800 and the peaceful transfer of political power from one party to another,

    • E The acquisition of territory through the Louisiana Purchase and the contributions of the explorations of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition,

    • F How the Marshall Court's precedent-setting decisions in Marbury v. Madison and McCulloch v. Maryland interpreted the United States Constitution and established the Supreme Court as an independent and equal branch of the federal government.

    • G The War of 1812 which confirmed American independence and fueled a spirit of nationalism,

    • H The increased sectional tensions as the nation dealt with the expansion of slavery and attempts to limit it through the Missouri Compromise, and

    • I The Monroe Doctrine as an attempt to protect American interests and territory in the western hemisphere.

  • 2 Summarize the significance and impact of the Jacksonian Era including the

    • A Election of Andrew Jackson as a victory for the common man,

    • B Nullification Crisis and the development of the states' rights debates as typified by the arguments put forth by Senator Daniel Webster and Senator John C. Calhoun, and

    • C Impact of government policies, non-adherence to treaties, and territorial expansion on Native American lands including the resistance and removal of the Five Tribes.

  • 3 Cite specific textual and visual evidence to compare the sectional economic transformations including the concentration of population, manufacturing, shipping, and the development of the railroad system in the North as contrasted to the plantation system, the increased demand for cotton brought about by the invention of the cotton gin, and the reliance on a slave labor system in the South.

  • 4 Analyze points of view from specific textual evidence to describe the variety of African American experiences, both slave and free, including Nat Turner's Rebellion, legal restrictions in the South, and efforts to escape via the Underground Railroad network including Harriet Tubman.

  • 5 Analyze and summarize the significance of the Abolitionist and Women's Suffrage Movements including the influence of the Second Great Awakening and the Declaration of Sentiments, and the leadership of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the respective movements.

  • 6 Examine the concept of Manifest Destiny as a motivation and justification for westward expansion, including the

5 The student will analyze the social and political transformation of the United States as a result of the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War during the period of 1850 to 1865.

6 The student will analyze the transformation of politics and society during the Reconstruction Era, 1865 to 1877.

  • 1 Compare and contrast the various policies and plans for the reconstruction of the Confederacy including those proposed by President Lincoln, President Andrew Johnson, and the Radical Republicans.

  • 2 Cite specific textual and visual evidence to analyze the impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, the Black Codes, the Freedmen's Bureau, and Jim Crow laws.

  • 3 Identify points of view regarding the social changes following the Civil War including the role of carpetbaggers and scalawags, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, elected Black officials, and sharecroppers.

  • 4 Evaluate the impact of the Homestead Act of 1862 and the resulting movement westward to free land including the impact of continued displacement of Native Americans.

  • 5 Assess the impact of the presidential election of 1876 as an end to the reconstruction of the South.