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In order to become historically literate, students need regular practice in using both the language and skills of the discipline. The Stanford History Education Group's Reading Like a Historian curriculum is a research based, systematic approach that guides students and teachers through the process of becoming historically literate, all while meeting the demands required by the Common Core State Standards.
Please see below for the materials needed to implement Reading Like a Historian in Grade 8. Note that each lesson is preceded by a standards alignment page. The standards alignment contain two primary focus standards: one for reading and one for writing. These standards are indicated in bold. While the standards do not function in isolation, teachers should emphasize the standards bolded in each instructional component.
The writing emphasis for the first instructional component is expository and for the second is argument, at each grade level.
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 Semester One  Semester Two                        
Great Awakening 
Irish Immigration
Declaration of Independence
Nat Turner
Federalists and Anti-Federalists
The Middle Passage

Slavery in the Constitution 
John Brown
Hamilton v. Jefferson
Abraham Lincoln SAC
Shay's Rebellion 
Emancipation Proclamation
Louisiana Purchase
Radical Reconstruction
Indian Removal
Thomas Nast's Political Cartoons
Lewis and Clark
Manifest Destiny
Reconstruction SAC
Texas Independence  
The Battle of Little Big Horn
Jacob Riis and Immigrants
Pullman Strike
Albert Parsons SAC
Homestead Strike
Chinese Immigration and Exclusion
Populism and the Election of 1896
1898 North Carolina Election