Standards Alignment: Grade 8 US History

Facing History's resources will help you meet the following California History–Social Science Framework standards: 

8.1 Students understand the major events preceding the founding of the nation and relate their significance to the development of American constitutional democracy. 

8.3 Students understand the foundation of the American political system and the ways in which citizens participate in it. 

  • Lesson: Defining Democracy

    Examines different definitions of democracy and considers democracy’s relationship to communities and cultures.

  • Lesson: Citizen Power Makes Democracy Work

    Explores citizenship, power, and responsibility using the work of civic entrepreneur Eric Liu.

  • Lesson Collection: What Makes Democracy Work?

    Explores definitions of democracy, citizenship, and civic participation through new lessons, readings, audio interviews and more.

8.11 Students analyze the character and lasting consequences of Reconstruction.

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