Instructional Resources and Writing Assessment Information
I. Review – Early Exploration and
Settlement to the American Revolution
(August 29 – October 5)
Beginning the School Year: A Focus on Working with Historical Evidence
Investigating the Boston Massacre - Were the British Soldiers Guilty of Murder or Was it Self-Defense?
In this activity students take on the role of a colonial American jury. Their task is consider the historical evidence and decide whether the British soldiers involved in the Boston "Massacre" were guilty of murder, or whether they were acting in self-defense.
II. “A New Nation”
– Articles of Confederation
(October 8 – November 16)
A focus on the Constitution
1) “The Constitution, as adopted in 1789, was a vast improvement over the Articles of Confederation.” Defend or refute (agree or disagree with) this statement.
The following link below contains additional resources to support the previous questions and additional Constitution questions.
OUSD 8th grade U.S. History writing assessments and instructional support materials -http://www.ousd.k12.ca.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=763##
2) In this lesson students will work with census data from 1790 to determine the impact of the 3/5 Compromise on the number representatives each state had in the House of Representatives. They will then evaluate a set of thesis that address the historical significance of the 3/5 Compromise and its impact on American history.
III. “The New Republic”
– The Jefferson Era through
(November 19 – January 25)
1) Nat Turner's Revolt - In these two activities students consider the inquiry questions of whether Nat Turner is a hero, or whether his revolt was a success. In activity #1 students, before writing a response to one of the inquiry questions, examine historical evidence with on eye on reliability and making historical inferences. In activity #2, before wriring a response to one of the inquuiry questions, students consider historical evidence and how different historians interpreted the evidence to develop an historical argument about Nat Turner's Revolt.
Fall Assessment Topic and Question,
Implementation Window, and Scoring Session
Topic: Indian Removal in the Age of
By 1838, which would have been better for the Cherokee Indians: to finally accept or to continue to resist the
Implementation Window: December 3 - 25, 2013
Scoring Session: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Instructional Support Materials:
IV. “The Nation Expands”
– Early Industrialization
through the Beginnings of the Civil War
(January 28 – March 8)
V. “The Nation Breaks Apart”
– The Civil War and Reconstruction(March 11 – May 10)
1) Is John Brown an American Hero?
This set of lessons is asks students to consider and develop criteria for what makes an American hero. Using that criteria and historical sources they then decide whether John Brown should be considered an American hero.
The following link below contains additional instructional resources to support the John Brown question.OUSD 8th grade U.S. History writing assessments and instructional support materials -http://www.ousd.k12.ca.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=763##
In this document based question students consider the historical context and question that follow.
Context - Imagine that you are a young African American man or woman living in the South in 1878. A cousin of yours who escaped slavery with his family is living in the North. The cousin, who doesn’t really like living in the North and misses his family in the South, has written you a letter asking if it would be a good idea to return to live in the South to experience the freedom that came with the end of slavery and the end of the Civil War.
Question - What advice would you give your cousin? Should he stay in the North and do the best he can, or should he return to the South with the hope of building a new life of freedom with his family and the larger community of former slaves?
Spring Assessment Topic and Question,
Implementation Window, and Scoring Session
Topic: Civil War
On January 1, 1863 President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Was the Proclamation issued for humanitarian reasons or military necessity?
Implementation Window: April 1 - May 23, 2013
Scoring Session: TBD
VI. “Westward Expansion
and the Industrial Revolution”(Mid-May – June 14)