History Speaks! Curriculum

New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Social Studies:

8th grade:

6.1.8.A.2.c Explain how demographics (i.e., race, gender, and economic status) affected social, economic, and political opportunities during the Colonial era.

6.1.8.C.2.c Analyze the impact of triangular trade on multiple nations and groups.

6.1.8.D.2.a Analyze the power struggle among European countries, and determine its impact on people living in Europe and the Americas.

6.1.8.A.3.a Examine the ideals found in the Declaration of Independence, and assess the extent to which they were fulfilled for women, African Americans, and Native Americans during this time period.

6.1.8.B.3.d Explain why New Jersey’s location played an integral role in the American Revolution.

6.1.8.D.3.e Examine the roles and perspectives of various socioeconomic groups (e.g., rural farmers, urban craftsmen, northern merchants, and southern planters), African Americans, Native Americans, and women during the American Revolution, and determine how these groups were impacted by the war. 

6.1.8.C.4.b Explain how major technological developments revolutionized land and water

transportation, as well as the economy, in New Jersey and the nation.

6.1.8.C.4.c Analyze how technological innovations affected the status and social class of different groups of people, and explain the outcomes that resulted.

6.1.8.D.5.c Examine the roles of women, African Americans, and Native Americans in the Civil War.


12th grade:

6.1.12.A.1.b Analyze how gender, property ownership, religion, and legal status affected political rights. 

6.1.12.C.1.b Determine the extent to which natural resources, labor systems (i.e., the use of indentured servants, African slaves, and immigrant labor), and entrepreneurship contributed to economic development in the American colonies.

6.1.12.D.2.d Analyze arguments for new women’s roles and rights, and explain why 18thcentury society limited women’s aspirations.

6.1.12.C.3.a Analyze how technological developments transformed the economy, created international markets, and affected the environment in New Jersey and the nation

6.1.12.C.3.b Relate the wealth of natural resources to the economic development of the United States and to the quality of life of individuals. 

6.1.12.D.4.b Compare and contrast the impact of the American Civil War and the impact of a past or current civil war in another country in terms of the consequences for people’s lives and work.

6.1.12.D.5.a Analyze government policies and other factors that promoted innovation, entrepreneurship, and industrialization in New Jersey and the United States during this period.

6.1.12.A.6.b Evaluate the ways in which women organized to promote government policies (i.e., abolition, women’s suffrage, and the temperance movement) designed to address injustice, inequality, workplace safety, and immorality. 

6.1.12.D.6.c Analyze the successes and failures of efforts to expand women’s rights, including the work of important leaders (i.e., Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, and Lucy Stone) and the eventual ratification of the 19th Amendment.

6.1.12.C.7.a Determine how technological advancements affected the nature of World War I on land, on water, and in the air.

6.1.12.D.7.b Determine the extent to which propaganda, the media, and special interest groups shaped American public opinion and American foreign policy during World War I.