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Skills available for Texas eighth-grade social studies standards

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  • 15 The student understands the American beliefs and principles reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and other important historic documents.

  • 16 The student understands the process of changing the U.S. Constitution and the impact of amendments on American society.

  • 17 The student understands the dynamic nature of the powers of the national government and state governments in a federal system.

    • A analyze the arguments of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, including those of Alexander Hamilton, Patrick Henry, James Madison, and George Mason; and

    • B explain constitutional issues arising over the issue of states' rights, including the Nullification Crisis and the Civil War.

  • 18 The student understands the impact of landmark Supreme Court cases.

    • A identify the origin of judicial review and analyze examples of congressional and presidential responses;

    • B summarize the issues, decisions, and significance of landmark Supreme Court cases, including Marbury v. Madison, McCulloch v. Maryland, and Gibbons v. Ogden; and

    • C evaluate the impact of selected landmark Supreme Court decisions, including Dred Scott v. Sandford, on life in the United States.


  • 19 The student understands the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States.

    • A define and give examples of unalienable rights;

    • B summarize rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights;

    • C explain the importance of personal responsibilities, including accepting responsibility for one's behavior and supporting one's family;

    • D identify examples of responsible citizenship, including obeying rules and laws, staying informed on public issues, voting, and serving on juries;

    • E summarize the criteria and explain the process for becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States; and

    • F explain how the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens reflect our national identity.

  • 20 The student understands the importance of voluntary individual participation in the democratic process.

  • 21 The student understands the importance of the expression of different points of view in a constitutional republic.

    • A identify different points of view of political parties and interest groups on important historical and contemporary issues;

    • B describe the importance of free speech and press in a constitutional republic; and

    • C summarize a historical event in which compromise resulted in a peaceful resolution.

  • 22 The student understands the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic.

    • A analyze the leadership qualities of elected and appointed leaders of the United States such as George Washington, John Marshall, and Abraham Lincoln; and

    • B describe the contributions of significant political, social, and military leaders of the United States such as Frederick Douglass, John Paul Jones, James Monroe, Stonewall Jackson, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.


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