California Framework

California Social Science/History Grade 8 Framework

Students can analyze these questions:

  1. Why was there an American Revolution?
  2. How did the American Revolution develop the concept of natural rights?
  3. What were the legacies of the American Revolution?
  4. How much power should the federal government have and what should it do?
  5. How did the government change during the Early Republic?
  6. Was the Louisiana Purchase Constitutional?
  7. What was life like in the Early Republic?
  8. How did individual regions of the United States become both more similar and more different?
  9. What was family life like in the Northeast?
  10. How did work change in the first half of the nineteenth century?
  11. How did Americans help people in need?
  12. Why go to school?
  13. What did freedom mean and how did it change over time?
  14. Why do periods of reform arise at certain historical moments?
  15. How did the country become more connected in the first half of the nineteenth century?
  16. What were slaves lives like? How did slave families live in ways that were similar to and different from non-slave families?
  17. How did people work to end slavery and what opposition did they face?
  18. Why did Frederick Douglass believe the United States should abolish slavery?
  19. What did the frontier mean to the nation? How did the nation’s regions develop similarly and differently in the first half of the twentieth century? How did family life develop in each region?
  20. How did Andrew Jackson change the country?
  21. How did Manifest Destiny contribute to American expansion?
  22. How did leading American thinkers (such as artists, intellectuals, religious and government leaders) justify America’s westward expansion in the 19th century?
  23. What were the consequences of the Mexican American War?
  24. How did family life change during the first half of the nineteenth century?
  25. Why was there a Civil War?
  26. How did the United States transform during the Civil War? How was the Civil War conducted militarily, politically, economically, and culturally?
  27. How did this battle of affect the course of the war? How did this battle reflect broader patterns or struggles in the war?
  28. How and why did the war become a war to end slavery?
  29. How did Reconstruction redefine what it meant to be an American?
  30. How did the Civil War change the United States?
  31. How did America’s economy, industries, and population grow after the Civil War?
  32. Who came to the United States at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century? Why did they come? What was their experience like when they arrived?
  33. How did the federal government affect the country’s growth in the years following the Civil War?
HSS CA Grade 8 Framework July 2016
CCSS H/SS Reading and Writing