Review and Intervention

For the U.S. History 8th Grade STAAR Exam

Susan Everett, Social Studies Curriculum Coach

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"The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives."


  • Jigsaw Grouping Strategy
  • Historical Thinking: Periodization and Era Review
  • Reviewing the Court Cases: A LRE resource
  • Frame That Case
  • ICivics and LRE
  • Make it Your Own
  • Next steps/discussion
  • Evaluation/End of session

Jigsaw Grouping

Items needed: post it notes, markers, butcher paper, image

  • Examine your image-discuss with your table which major era of U.S. History might be represented by your image.
  • Attach your picture to the piece of paper and write the name of the Era at the top
  • Label one section of the poster: What I SEE:
  • Each team member will use a post it note for each new idea, record the things you can SEE in your image.
  • Label another section of the poster: What I THINK:
  • Using post it note for each new idea, record the things you THINK about this image.
  • Label a third section: What I WONDER:
  • Finally, using a post it note for each new idea, record the things you WONDER about after viewing this image.
  • Attach your paper to the wall.
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Carousel Brainstorming

Now, move around and view the other images and add characteristics of the era to each poster that you view.

Summary: Write a simple summary of the image and era based upon your comments and the comments of others in the room. Share out summaries.

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Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

As a grouping option, use this tool to divide your images into 4 puzzle pieces. Cut these apart and have each student match their puzzle piece with students who can complete the image.

Historical Thinking and Era Review

Scaffolded review for U.S. History Eras and key Turning Points.
  • Timeline: Grade 8 U.S. History Eras
  • Characteristics of Eras in U.S. History
  • Placard Assignment: Review of Historical Era

Reviewing Key Eras and Dates

(1) History. The student understands traditional historical points of reference in U.S. history through 1877. The student is expected to:

(A) identify the major eras and events in U.S. history through 1877, including colonization, revolution, drafting of the Declaration of Independence, creation and ratification of the Constitution, religious revivals such as the Second Great Awakening, early republic, the Age of Jackson, westward expansion, reform movements, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction, and describe their causes and effects;

(B) apply absolute and relative chronology through the sequencing of significant individuals, events, and time periods; and

(C) explain the significance of the following dates: 1607, founding of Jamestown; 1620, arrival of the Pilgrims and signing of the Mayflower Compact; 1776, adoption of the Declaration of Independence; 1787, writing of the U.S. Constitution; 1803, Louisiana Purchase; and 1861-1865, Civil War.

Frame That Case-Law Related Education Resources

Focusing on the Key Supreme Court Cases for 8th Grade U.S. History:

(18) Government. The student understands the impact of landmark Supreme Court cases. The student is expected to:

(A) identify the origin of judicial review and analyze examples of congressional and presidential responses;

(B) summarize the issues, decisions, and significance of landmark Supreme Court cases, including Marbury v. Madison, McCulloch v. Maryland, and Gibbons v. Ogden; and

(C) evaluate the impact of selected landmark Supreme Court decisions, including Dred Scott v. Sandford, on life in the United States.

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Reviewing Government and Citizenship with Law Related Education and ICivics

Law Related Education

I Civics

Make it Your Own

In groups of two or three, focus on one era that you are going to teach, or one that students seem to have difficulty with.

Discuss and record your answers to the following questions:

What are six major things that you need students to know about the era?

What are subtopics that fall under this era?

What details are necessary?

Find and save six images that represent the six major things students need to know about this era.

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Next Steps

Shared Dropbox Folder for all materials.

Future Professional Development needs.

Evaluation/Session Ends

Thank you for your time today!

Susan Everett, Social Studies Curriculum Coach