Unit Goals

Language:  LA.L.8.6B 

Apply vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.



Reading:  LA.R.8.1

Analyze literal and inferential information from the textbook



Speaking and Listening:  LA.SL.8.4A

Present information in an organized manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well chosen details.



Speaking and Listening:  LA.SL.8.5

Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.



Social Studies: SS 11.1.1.a 

Identify and describe different forms of government via the study of early and current civilizations (e.g., tribal, monarchy, democracy, republic, theocracy, and oligarchy)



Social Studies: SS 11.1.1.b 

Analyze and evaluate the structure of American constitutional government (e.g., federalism, democracy, representative government, branches of the government, separation of powers, checks and balances, amendment process, concurrent/enumerated/implied powers, electoral college)



Social Studies: 11.1.1.c 

Identify the development of written laws and other documents (e.g., Hammurabi’s Code, Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, Preamble and Bill of Rights)



Social Studies: SS 11.1.1.d

Analyze and evaluate the functions of United States government (e.g., national security, legislative law- making, executive implementation, judicial interpretation, constitutionalism, taxation, naturalization of citizens)



Social Studies - SS 11.1.1.e 

Summarize the historical foundation that influenced the creation of the United States Constitution (e.g., philosophers, social contract theory, natural rights, Constitutional Convention, Federalist, and Anti-Federalist Papers)  



Writing:  LA.W.8.2E

Provide a concluding statement or paragraph that follows and supports the information or explanation presented.



ISTE NETS for Students:

1. Creativity and Innovation  

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

a.  apply existing knowledge to generate new  

     ideas, products, or processes. 


c.  use models and simulations to explore 

     complex systems and issues.  


d.  identify trends and forecast possibilities.

   ( Knowledge)

2. Communication and Collaboration 

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:


a.  interact, collaborate, and publish with peers,  

    experts, or others employing a variety of 

    digital environments and media.


b. communicate information and ideas 

    effectively to multiple audiences using a 

    variety of media and formats.


d. contribute to project teams to produce original 

    works or solve problems. 



4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and 

    Decision Making   

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

b.  plan and manage activities to develop a 

     solution or complete a project.


c.  collect and analyze data to identify solutions 

     and/or make informed decisions.



5. Digital Citizenship   

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:

b.  exhibit a positive attitude toward using 

       technology that supports collaboration, 

       learning, and productivity.



6. Technology Operations and Concepts   Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:   


  a.  understand and use technology systems.


  b.  select and use applications effectively and 



  d.  transfer current knowledge to learning of new 









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