Looking for United States History Year Overview and Help (8th Grade)

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  1. spookymizu

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    Hi folks,

    First time poster. I hope your school years have been going well.

    I'm a old timer who has suddenly realized that I'm not reaching the students of today. I need to revamp my 8th Grade curriculum BIG TIME!

    So, I'm looking for any help you may have to offer. What topics do you focus on during the year? I sure have trouble catching all of the topic from Colonies to Industrial Revolution in US History. Have any especially engaging curriculum you might wish to share or point me too?

    Thanks for any help.

    Thomas
     
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  3. Upsadaisy

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    One site that helps me teach social studies is www.ducksters.com

    I use it for introductions to new topics because the summaries are brief and don't overwhelm the kids.
     
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    Upsadaisy,

    That looks like a great resource to put on my Google Classroom too. Thanks for the link!

    And I love your avatar! ;)
     
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    Thanks! Whenever I have a topic to research, I put in 'topic' ducksters instead of looking all over the site.
     
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    This teacher's site is amazing: http://www.mrroughton.com/

    I've used assignment ideas from here for not only social studies, but language arts and religion, as well. It's a great starting point.
     
  7. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Topics should be driven by your state and district standards.
     
  8. spookymizu

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    Of course, they are.

    But the reality is that I will never be able to cover everything listed in the state's standards. That's why I'm asking what what they make sure to cover.
     

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