Social Studies



8th Grade - U.S. History to 1877

Curriculum Links for Eighth Grade:

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
8th Grade Course Description & Instructional Outline

Instructional Strategies:
Handbook for Grades 4-12
Reading in the Content Area Strategies and Graphic Organizers
Strategies for Struggling Learners Workshop

Annotated Bibliographies for 6-8:
Literature  - Aligned by Social Studies Strand

Other Curriculum Resources:
TEKS Biographies
TEKS Glossaries

Assessment Resources for TAKS:
Grade 8 TAKS Released Tests, Keys, Analyses and More

Downloadable Activities:
TEKS/TAKS Overview Chart for 8th Grade - pdf
8th Grade Word Wall - ppt
8th Grade Flash Cards
8th Grade Looping Cards - doc
8th Grade 100 Facts - doc
8th Grade Word Splash - ppt
Principles of Government Lessons from Alief ISD
Hand Signs for Principles of Government - doc
Developing Great Test Items - ppt
SIOP Lessons for 8th Grade - pdf

Significant Era Charts:
European Exploration
Colonial Period
American Revolution
The New Republic
Westward Expansion
Civil War

American Geography
Blank Outline Maps
Census and Population
US Census Bureau
National Geographic Xpeditions and Atlas
The Great Lakes
Explore the States
50 States

American Colonization
Colonization in New England
Journey on the Mayflower
Plimoth Plantation
Pilgrim Village
Mayflower Compact
First Thanksgiving
The Massachusetts Bay Company
Massachusetts Bay
Pictures of Colonial Boston
Unearthing Boston
Colonial Williamsburg
Virtual Jamestown
PBS - Death in Jamestown
Jamestown Dig
National Geographic - Jamestown
Growth of the Tobacco Trade
Jamestown Adventure
John Smith Bio
John Smith Journal
The Starving Time
The Powhatan Confederation
The House of Burgesses
Maryland Toleration Act
National Geographic - Salem Witch Hunt

Slave Culture
Slave Narratives
Slave Spirituals
Slave Spiritual Lesson Plan
A Freeman Enslaved by Northern Hands
Influence of Prominent Abolitionists: African...
Africans in America/Part 4/Resource Bank Cont.
The Buying and Selling of Humans
Middle Passage Pictoral

American Revolution
Liberty! - PBS
Spy Letters of the American Revolution
Liberty's Kids - PBS
Timeline of the American Revolution - Part 1
Timeline of the American Revolution - Part 2
Maps and Charts of the American Revolution
American Revolution.Org
A Journey Towards War
Activities for the American Revolution
History Central
Discovery Channel - Lesson Plan
Founding Fathers

Causes of the Revolution
History of the French and Indian War
French and Indian War in Colonial Newspapers
Scalping During the French and Indian War
Military Heritage - French and Indian War
Pontiac's Rebellion
Proclamation of 1763 - Original Text
The Proclamation of 1763 - Information
Sugar Act - 1764
Sugar Act - 1764
Stamp Act - 1765
Stamp Act Congress
The Sons of Liberty
The Quartering Act - 1765
The Declatory Act - 1766
Boston Massacre - 1770
The Townshend Acts
Tea Act
The BostonTea Party
The Boston Tea Party
The Intolerable Acts
The Boston Port Act
Adminstration of Justice Act
Massachusetts Government Act
Quebec Act
Quartering Act - 1774
Declarations of the First Continental Congress

The Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence Roadtrip - Video (Mel Gibson, et al)
National Archives - Exhibit Hall
Preserving the Declaration
The Price They Paid
Independence Hall

People in the American Revolution
Hispanics in the American Revolution
Nathan Hale
Nathan Hale
John Paul Jones
John Paul Jones Museum
The Enigma of Benedict Arnold
Thomas Paine-Common Sense
Betsy Ross
George Washington-Library of Congress Collection
George Washington Biography
Sam Adams - The Rights of the Colonists
Patrick Henry
John Jay
Paul Revere

Battles of the Revolution
Lexington and Concord Thinkquest
Bunker Hill

Cowpens - Pictures
Fort Henry
Guilford Courthouse
Stony Point
Valley Forge

The Constitution
Ben's Guide to the Constitution and Government
Documents from the Convention
NARA-The Founding Fathers
The Avalon Project
The Constitutional Convention - Constitution.Net
Constitutional Convention Overview
PBS-George Washington and the Constitutional Convention
Steps Towards the Convention
Infoplease-The Convention
The Yale Project-The Constitution Original Text
The Constitution Society
National Archives - Constitution on Display
PBS - The Constitution of the United States
Interpretation of the Constitution
Understanding the US Constitution
Facts of the US Constitution
Bios on the Signers

The Bill of Rights
National Archives-The Bill of Rights
Eduplace-The Bill of Rights

Industrial Revolution
Internet Modern History Sourcebook
Age of Industry
The Industrial Revolution in England by Arnold Toynbee
Industrial Revolution Games and Info
Interchangeable Parts
Lowell National Historical Park
Child Labor in the Industrial Revolution
Women in the Workplace
Cyrus McCormick
Eli Whitney
John Deere
Erie Canal
Robert Fulton
Robert Fulton
B & O Railroad Museum
Samuel F.P. Morse
Telegraph History

Westward Expansion
John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny, 1839
US State Department-Diplomacy in the West 1830-1860
The American West as a Symbol and Myth
Manifest Destiny on PBS
Documenting the American South
The Election of 1844
Interactive Maps
Oregon Trail
Texas Revolution
Republic of Texas
Annexation of Texas
The Mexican War on PBS
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Mexican Cession
Gadsden Purchase
California Gold Rush

The Civil War
Civil War Literature Circles
Causes of the Civil War
Comparisons During Colonial Times
North and the South During the Age of Jackson
Tocqueville's North
Nullification Issue of 1832
State's Rights
Free-Soil Party
Missouri Compromise
Kansas-Nebraska Act
Compromise of 1850
Compromise of 1850 American Memory
Lincoln's Election 1860
Dred Scott Case
Uncle Toms Cabin and the American Culture
John Brown's Holy War
Harper's Ferry National Historical Park
John Brown and the Valley of the Shadow
American Civil War Hompage
The Civil
The Civil War Center
The Civil War Interactive
Civil War Timeline
The American Civil War Homepage
PBS-Ken Burns' Civil War
The United States Civil War
Two Communities in the American Civil War
Eyewitness to the American Civil War
Civil War Records
Electronic Source Center
The Civil War at the Smithsonian
Civil War Music-MIDIs
National Civil War Museum
Civil War Women
Women of the Civil War
Women Soldiers in the Civil War
Selected Civil War Photographs
Civil War
Letters from an Iowa Soldier
Letters from Soldiers
African-American Civil War Museum
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Civil War Medicine
Civil War Maps
American Civil War Maps and Exhibits
Civil War Archives-Primary Sources
Civil War Battlefields Sorted by States
Library of Congress - Lincoln
Lincoln, A Photobiography
Ford's Theater
Primary Sources - Effects of the War
Handbook of Texas - Juneteenth
Library of Congress - Juneteenth

Project VOTE:
Election Curriculum for All Grade Levels

Constitution Day Resources:
Primary documents, lesson plans, and stories for kids

Professional Social Studies Organizations:
Links to Local, State and National Organizations

Professional Listservs:
Get the latest from TEA and Region XIII Social Studies Teams

For more information about the Social Studies curriculum, contact:

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Department
Georgetown Independent School District
603 Lakeway Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628
(512) 943-5000