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Social Studies 8

Middle School Social Studies Grade 8 Government and Civics

Course Length:

Two semesters

Course Description: 

In this course, students will understand the significance of government, law, and politics.  They will examine the United States foundational documents and how they shaped the United States government.  Students will examine the purposes and functions of federal and state government, law, and political systems.  Learners will evaluate their role and civic responsibility to their families, communities, and country including voting and being a productive member of society.   Learners will follow a step-by-step approach for successfully completing each lesson, which includes textbook reading, interactive activities, supplemental reading, lecture, video clips, and PowerPoint presentations to enhance and reinforce learning.

This course takes a more individualistic approach as students closely examine topics such as the justice system, local government, the environment, and the economy.  Learners will understand the role that they play in each of these topics and the differences that they can make.  Students will get to know leaders and influential people that have championed many causes including civil rights and the environment.  Learners will also learn proper ways to interact in society including interpersonal skills and respecting differences in others including disabilities.  By the end of semester B students will have a deeper understanding of their civic responsibilities as well as the difference one individual can make in society.



Comprehensive Syllabus:  

Social Studies 8 Public Syllabus

Required Materials:

  • A working computer with reliable access to the internet is required. 

Specific Technical/Software Requirements in Addition to General Requirements:

Please review the general original credit software requirements at

Course Availability (subject to resource and teacher availability):

Fall: A available
Spring: B available

Lead Teacher:

Bob Schalk, Powell County High School,