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    In Grade 7, students examine every era of Texas history from early times to the present. Students will -

    • Identify key individuals, events, and issues and their impact on Texas history.
    • Identify the regions of Texas and the distribution of population within and among the regions and explain the factors that caused Texas to change from an agrarian to an urban society.
    • Describe the structure and functions of municipal, county, and state governments, explain the influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Texas Constitution, and examine the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens.
    • Use primary and secondary sources to examine the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas as they identify the different racial and ethnic groups that settled in Texas to build a republic and then a state.
    • Analyze the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of Texas in various industries such as agricultural, energy, medical, computer, and aerospace.

    In Grade 8, students study the history of the United States from the early colonial period through Reconstruction. Students will -

    • Focus on the political, economic, religious, and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, challenges of the early republic, the Age of Jackson, westward expansion, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction.
    • Describe the physical characteristics of the United States and their impact on population distribution and settlement patterns in the past and present.
    • Analyze the various economic factors that influenced the development of colonial America and the early years of the republic and identify the origins of the free enterprise system.
    • Examine the American beliefs and principles, including limited government, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights, reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents.
    • Evaluate the impact of Supreme Court cases and major reform movements of the 19th century and examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States as well as the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic.
    • Evaluate the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of the United States.

Courses

  • Course Key: 447000
    Course Name: 7th Grade Texas History
    Grade: 7

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    In 7th Grade Texas History, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the full scope of Texas history. The focus in each era is on key individuals, events, issues and their impact. Students identify regional geographic characteristics, population distributions, and factors that caused Texas to change from a rural republic to an urban society. Emphasis is placed on the structure and function of local and state governments, the influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Texas Constitution, and the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens. Within the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas, students examine various racial and ethnic groups that settled in Texas and the contributions of each. The course provides students with high-order knowledge and skills necessary to analyze Texas history and become productive citizens.

    Course Key: 447001
    Course Name: 7th Grade Texas History Pre-AP
    Grade: 7

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    This course allows students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the full scope of Texas history. The focus in each era is on key individuals, events, issues and their impact. Students identify regional geographic characteristics, population distributions, and factors that caused Texas to change from a rural republic to an urban society. Emphasis is placed on the structure and function of local and state governments, the influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Texas Constitution, and the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens. Within the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas, students examine various racial and ethnic groups that settled in Texas and the contributions of each. This Pre-AP level course emphasizes the use of higher-order thinking, analysis of primary sources, and written essays. This course provides greater depth and breadth of content with an emphasis on knowledge and skills necessary to analyze Texas history and become productive citizens.

    Course Key: 448000
    Course Name: 8th Grade US History
    Grade: 8

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    In 8th Grade United States History, students will examine the economic, political, and social events and issues from the early colonial period through Reconstruction, including the independence movement, creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, westward expansion, and the Civil War. Students focus on the human interaction with geography, the free enterprise system, and democratic ideals. Significant contributions of individuals and groups are emphasized. The purpose of the course is to provide the understanding, knowledge, and skills necessary to make reasoned judgments to enable students to be active participants in today's democracy. This course is part of the STAAR assessment program, Grade 8 Social Studies.

    Course Key: 448001
    Course Name: 8th Grade US History Pre-AP
    Grade: 8

    Required Prerequisite(s): n/a

    Recommended Prerequisite(s): n/a

    In 8th Grade PAP United States History, students will examine the economic, political, and social events and issues from the early colonial period through Reconstruction, including the independence movement, creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, westward expansion, and the Civil War. Students focus on the human interaction with geography, the free enterprise system, and democratic ideals. Significant contributions of individuals and groups are emphasized. The purpose of the course is to provide the understanding, knowledge, and skills necessary to make reasoned judgments to enable students to be active participants in today's democracy. This Pre-AP level course emphasizes the use of higher order thinking, analysis of primary sources, and written essays. The major purpose of this course is a greater depth and breadth of content with an emphasis on knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions and participate in a democratic society. This course is part of the STAAR assessment program, Grade 8 Social Studies.