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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.

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.