BPS District Social Studies Standards Book

K-12 Grade Levels

Grade 08


glossary icon8th Grade Social Studies
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Eighth GradeIn 8th grade, your child will be studying about US History. A high-quality Social Studies program is essential for all students. It provides a foundation for intelligent and precise thinking. Social Studies should also prepare every student to contribute to society as an informed citizen. To be a responsible and productive member of today’s society, a student needs to have a broad, connected, and useful knowledge of Social Studies.

SST-08.1 Standard 1:

Skills and Resources

    • SST-08.1.01 Interpret ND thematic maps to identify where people live and work, an
    • SST-08.1.02 Use various primary and secondary resources to analyze, and interpret


SST-08.2 Standard 2:

Important Historical Events

    • SST-08.2.01 Analyze the transformation of the nation
    • SST-08.2.02 Explain how political parties developed in the early years of the United States
    • SST-08.2.03 Explain how political leaders dictated national policy
    • SST-08.2.04 Explain how the concept of Manifest Destiny impacted national policy
    • SST-08.2.05 Explain how reform efforts led to major changes in society
    • SST-08.2.06 Explain the causes of the Civil War
    • SST-08.2.07 Explain the course and consequences of the Civil War
    • SST-08.2.08 Trace the social, economic, political, and cultural factors of Reconstruction
    • SST-08.2.09 Analyze the impact of immigration on the United States
    • SST-08.2.10 Analyze the rationale for western expansion and how it affected minorities
    • SST-08.2.11 Explain the significance of key events in North Dakota and tribal his


SST-08.3 Standard 3:

Economic Concepts

    • SST-08.3.01 Explain the purpose and effects of trade barriers
    • SST-08.3.02 Describe how technology impacted the United States prior to the Civil
    • SST-08.3.03 Evaluate how economic opportunities impact North Dakota and other reg
    • SST-08.3.04 Describe factors governing economic decision making in North Dakota a


SST-08.4 Standard 4:

Government and Citizenship

    • SST-08.4.01 Explain the connections between the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
    • SST-08.4.02 Explain the demise of the Articles of Confederation which led to th
    • SST-08.4.03 Explain how the United States Constitution and Amendments influence society
    • SST-08.4.04 Explain the political party process at the local, state, and national level
    • SST-08.4.05 Describe the relationship of branches of the government at all level
    • SST-08.4.06 Compare the functions and structure of local, state, tribal, and federal governments within North Dakota


SST-08.5 Standard 5:

Concepts of Geography

    • SST-08.5.01 Describe the location and characteristics of the three regions of North Dakota including the Red River Valley, the Drift Prairie, and the Missouri Plateau
    • SST-08.5.02 Describe the characteristics, distribution, and effects of human migration within the United States during different time periods
    • SST-08.5.03 Compare human characteristics of places and regions


SST-08.6 Standard 6:

Human Development and Behavior

    • SST-08.6.01 Explain ways technology contributes to the spread of ideas, values, and behavioral patterns between societies and regions
    • SST-08.6.02 Explain how culture influences gender roles, ethics, and beliefs