Grade 8 Social Studies is arranged chronologically, beginning with Reconstruction and ending at the present, and incorporates geography as well as economic, social, and political trends. The course content is divided into nine Key Ideas; the first seven trace the human experience in the United States from Reconstruction to the end of World War II. The last three Key Ideas examine different themes in United States and New York State history from the post-War period up to the present day, which provides the opportunity to explore contemporary issues.

New York State K-8 Social Studies Framework (p. 101)

The course textbook is Discovering Our Past: A History of the United States (© 2015) published by McGraw Hill. Students are issued credentials to access the textbook online. A link to the McGraw Hill portal is to the right on this page. Additionally, each social studies classroom has a class set of the textbooks.


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