Grade 8: Civics in Action

Course Description

The focus of the course is on building students' mastery of challenging subject matter in civics and government, preparing students for responsible citizenship, and involving students in civic action projects that promote and demonstrate good citizenship, community service, and personal responsbility.  The content is focused on developing and practicing essential citizenship skills (e.g., critical reading, discussion, debate, writing, collaboration, and decision-making) through the active exploration of a range of issues and ideas that are important to our local and national community and interesting to students.

Curriculum Documents:

Grade 8 - Pacing Calendar SY17-18

Grade 8 - Student Learning Outcomes SY17-18

Grade 8 - Year Long Curriculum Map




How do you address the need for deeper student thinking and routine writing that is grounded in evidence?
Explore our collection of resources on using the interactive student notebook in your classroom!

protest_line_big.jpgPhotograph Courtesy: Boston Globe

Citation: Archives and Special Collections, Northeastern University Libraries,  James W. Fraser photograph collection, photograph taken by the Boston Globe http://www.lib.neu.edu/archives/freedom_house/Protest.htm



Unit Guides:
Note: The links below will bring you to a google folder housing all of the documents for the unit. The Google folders are only accessible with a Boston Public Schools login.  

Grade 8 Unit 1: What Does it Mean to be an American?


Grade 8 Unit 3: Roots of American Government 

Grade 8 Unit 4: The Bill of Rights and Beyond 

Grade 8 Unit 5: Choices at Little Rock, History of Boston Busing & Desegregation 

Grade 8 Unit 6: The American Legal System 


Grade 8 Unit 7: Civics in Action Project 

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