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NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies - grade 8, unit 5

Note to Teachers: To help with remote and hybrid learning, digital materials for this unit are available on the NYCDOE TeachHub. Access these materials by following these instructions.

This Social Studies Curriculum resource is the fifth unit of the grade eight scope and sequence, titled: The United States Assumes Worldwide Responsibilities. It was developed by a team of NYCDOE Social Studies staff and teachers, in collaboration with scholars of the humanities and social studies as well as museum curators. Students will immerse themselves in the topic by discussing focus questions, reading and analyzing a rich collection of diverse primary and secondary sources, examining artifacts, and interpreting images, such as paintings, photographs, maps, and political cartoons.

This guide offers a multitude of perspectives on the role America played in World War II and the changes that occurred in the decades following the war. The topics of representative lessons in this unit include: Exploring the causes of World War II, The United States debate over neutrality, the role the nation played in the war, the decision to use the Atomic Bomb and the reaction to the Holocaust.  The long-term effects of the war are explored through lessons topics that explore United States foreign policy during the 20th century and its impact at home during the Cold War. The unit concludes with topics that look at 9-11 and Globalization.

To evaluate student mastery of content knowledge, cognitive processes, and critical thinking skills, this unit includes formative assessments, and a performance-based assessment activity, which has students annotating primary sources and creating  an interactive and educational board game that teaches its players about the Cold War.” 

Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a wide-range of trade books and primary documents, in addition to this unit of study. In order to support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, we recommend that teachers integrate these resources into their daily instruction and assessments plans.

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Quality Review Indicators 1.3 Leveraging ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and PedagogyDanielson Framework for Teaching 1b: Demonstrating Knowledge of StudentsDanielson Framework for Teaching 1c: Setting Instructional OutcomesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1e: Designing Coherent InstructionDanielson Framework for Teaching 1f: Designing Student Assessments
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