Social 8

Grade 8 Text

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Death. Disease. Destruction… pretty much sums up Social Studies 8.

Social 8 expands on the concept of intercultural contact and continues to develop historical thinking skills through an examination of past societies in different parts of the world.

Course Outline
Social 8 Program of Studies


We begin by discussing the meaning of worldview – what is it, and how is it shaped.

Introduction to Worldview
Intro Notes

Unit 1 – Origins of a Western Worldview: Renaissance Europe

Through an examination of Renaissance Europe, students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how the exchange of ideas and knowledge contributed to shaping the worldview of the Western world.

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Times of Change
Chapter 1 Notes
The Expansion of Trade
Chapter 2 Notes
The Humanist Approach
Chapter 3 Notes
The Exchange of Ideas
Chapter 4 Notes
The Age of Exploration
Chapter 5 Notes
O Brave New World
Chapter 6 Notes

Unit 2 – Worldviews in Conflict: The Spanish and the Aztecs

Through an examination of Spanish and Aztec societies, students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how intercultural contact affects the worldviews of societies.

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The People of the Sun
Chapter 07 Notes
For the Good of the People
Chapter 08 Notes
Spain Looks Westward
Chapter 09 Notes
A Deadly Meeting
Chapter 10 Notes
Worldviews in Conflict
Chapter 11 Notes

Unit 3 – From Isolation to Adaptation: Japan

Through an examination of Japan, students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the ways in which beliefs, values and knowledge shape worldviews and contribute to a society’s isolation or adaptation.

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Shaping a Unique Worldview
Chapter 12 Notes
Chapter 12 Handouts
Japan Under the Shogun
Chapter 13 Notes
Chapter 13 Handouts
Edo Japan: A Closed Society
Chapter 14 Notes
Chapter 14 Handouts
Contact and Change in Meiji Japan
Chapter 15 Notes
Chapter 15 Handouts
Return to Roots
Chapter 16 Notes
Chapter 16 Handouts

Final Exam Review

Review Package
Practice Final

Social Studies Skills