From the Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks: In eighth grade, students engage in the study of events, documents, movements, and people emphasizing 18th/19th century America with a focus on inquiry into the development of the United States as a nation. The study of U.S. history in the 18th and 19th centuries requires that students generate and research compelling questions such as:
How do Americans define freedom and equality and how have American conceptions of freedom and equality changed over the course of U.S. history for members of various racial, ethnic, religious, and gender minority groups?
Is America a land of political, economic, and social opportunity?
What was the significance of Connecticut’s contribution to America’s story?
Is the United states a “just” society and how has the concept of justice evolved over time?
Is there an American national identity; what does it mean to be an American?
What should be the current role of the United States in world affairs?