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Social Studies
  Grade Level:   8  
  EALR:   4. HISTORY The student understands and applies knowledge of historical thinking, chronology, eras, turning points, major ideas, individuals, and themes in local, Washington State, tribal, United States, and world history in order to evaluate how history shapes the present and future.  
  Component:   4.2 Understands and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history.  
  Grade Level Expectation:   4.2.3 Understands and analyzes how technology and ideas have impacted U.S. history (1776—1900).  
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-Examines the effect of the cotton gin on propagating the expansion of slavery in the Southern U.S.
-Examines how Robert Fulton's steamship accelerated trade and westward movement in the United States.
Suggested Unit
  • U.S.—Civil War and Reconstruction (1850—1877)