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 Unit Details

Unit Title
Expansion of the United States
Unit Number
8USH5
Course
Eighth Grade United States History
Content Area
Social Studies
Description
This unit focuses on the political, social and economic changes that occurred as the new nation continued to grow. These changes include the growth of industry, sectionalism, and expansion of the United States including the impact on Native American tribes and the effects of immigration.
Timeline
3 Week(s)
Enduring Understandings
Understand that historical knowledge of significant groups, individuals, documents, ideas, events led to the formation of America.
Understand that economic decision making at the personal, national and international level impacted the development of the country.
Essential Questions
What opportunities and conflicts emerged as Americans moved westward?
How was America transformed by industrialization and urbanization?
What impact did Manifest Destiny have on the growth and development of the United States?
How did reform movements of the 1840s begin to change American society?


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Standard
Standard Component
ECO
  
Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of views represented in the sources.
  
Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
  
Explain the benefits and the costs of trade policies to individuals, businesses, and society.
  
Describe the role of competition in the determination of prices and wages in a market economy.
  
Explain how global changes in population distribution patterns affect changes in land use in particular places.
  
Analyze the combinations of cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from other places.
  
Explain how the physical and human characteristics of places and regions are connected to human identities and cultures.
ECO
  
Use questions generated about individuals and groups to analyze why they, and the developments they shaped, are seen as historically significant.
  
Analyze multiple factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras.
ECO
  
Construct explanations using reasoning, correct sequence, examples, and details with relevant information and data, while acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of the explanations.
  
  
Standard
Standard Component
  
 Explain how changes in supply and demand cause changes in prices and quantities of goods and services, labor, credit, and foreign currencies.
  
Analyze the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in a market economy.
  
Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
  
Explain how changes in transportation and communication technology influence the spatial connections among human settlements and affect the diffusion of ideas and cultural practices.
  
Analyze how relationships between humans and environments extend or contract spatial patterns of settlement and movement.
ECO
  
Explain multiple causes and effects of events and developments in the past.