Primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of American history from the Exploration and Colonization period to the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the development of the United States and the resulting impact on world history. So that students can clearly see the relationship between cause and effect in historical events, students should have the opportunity to explore those fundamental ideas and events which occurred after Reconstruction. Mathematics Benchmark Guidance
- Social Studies instruction should include opportunities for students to interpret and create representations of historical events and concepts using mathematical tables, charts, and graphs. Digital Technologies
- The digital curriculum required by Section 1003.4203 (3), Florida Statutes, has been integrated into this course. Listed below are the competencies that must be met to satisfy the requirements of (Section 1003.4203 (3), Florida Statutes): Web Technologies
01.0 Demonstrate proficiency planning an effective website
01.01 Create a site map and associated wireframes for a website.
01.02 Develop an effective site map for a website.
01.03 Create page layout wireframes for a website.
02.0 Demonstrate an understanding of webpage construction, operation, and function.
02.01 Categorize websites according to their purpose and domain.
02.02 Identify elements of a webpage.
02.03 Define basic HTML terminology.
02.04 Critique the aesthetic and functional operation of sample websites.
03.0 Apply the principles of design in the preparation of a webpage
03.01 Apply best practices in visual design (e.g., color schemes, fonts, navigation methods, pagination).
03.02 Explain the key concepts of meeting client needs.
03.03 Apply the principles of Human Computer Interface (HCI) to design and develop an effective look and feel for a website.
03.04 Design and create a webpage for optimal display in multiple browsers.
03.05 Create an appropriate directory structure, naming convention protocol, and file organization for a website.
04.0 Demonstrate proficiency in using a GUI editor, web design, or web animation software for web page design
04.01 Create and apply style sheets for consistent website design.
04.02 Create and edit images and photographs for Web pages using digital imaging software (e.g., ImageReady in Photoshop).
04.03 Demonstrate knowledge of image formats related to photos and graphics on the Internet (e.g. Graphic: TIFF, BMP, EPS, Web: JPEG, GIF, PNG, et al).
04.04 Save and export a photograph to the Web in the format best for image quality and file size.
04.05 Build, optimize, edit, and test web pages for publication.
04.06 Demonstrate an understanding of network and web implementation issues (e.g., bandwidth, compression, streaming).
04.07 Compare and contrast various methods by which information may be accessed on the Internet/Intranet (e.g., FTP, telnet, browser).
04.08 Demonstrate an understanding of file encryption methods (e.g., secure server, unsecured server).
05.0 Demonstrate proficiency using web development tools and techniques to enhance a website's interactivity, appeal, or performance
05.01 Compare and contrast writing HTML using a text editor versus using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) editor.
05.02 Design and create an effective web page template.
05.03 Create attractive, engaging, and efficient web pages using a GUI editor.
05.04 Insert audio files into a Web page.
05.05 Create, edit and integrate video files into a Web page.
05.06 Create, edit and integrate animation files into a Web page.
05.07 Use Dynamic HTML (DHTML) to enhance webpage interactivity.
05.08 Create webpages using basic HTML tags (e.g., links, lists, character styles, text alignment, tables).
06.0 Prepare a website for launch
06.01 Evaluate a website for basic usability and accessibility issues.
06.02 List the steps that are necessary to determine when a website is ready to launch.
06.03 Develop a User Testing Plan that includes validating the operation of all navigation, display, and media functions and features.
06.04 Demonstrate the ability to organize and execute a user testing of a website.
06.05 Use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to publish all website files to the Internet.
06.06 Monitor website performance metrics (e.g., visitor count, downloads, et al) using host-based information tools. Special Notes:
Additional content that may be contained in the NAEP Grade 8 United States History assessment includes material from all time periods on the following topics:
- Change and Continuity in American Democracy: Ideas, Institutions, Events, Key Figures, and Controversies
- The Gathering and Interactions of Peoples, Cultures, and Ideas
- Economic and Technological Changes and Their Relationship to Society, Ideas, and the Environment
- The Changing Role of America in the World
The NAEP frameworks for United States History may be accessed at http://www.nagb.org/content/nagb/assets/documents/publications/frameworks/historyframework.pdf Instructional Practices
Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:
1. Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).