I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons. — Will Rogers

Unit 1: Growing Pains: Immigration & Industrialization

Essential Questions

❖ What should be the role of the U.S. in global relations?

❖ Why do inequalities and oppression exist and how should it be addressed?

❖ How do cultural and physical geography shape decision-making?

❖ How can political and social power be limited or expanded?

❖ How does history shape identity?

❖ How do resources affect cooperation and conflict?

Content Theme Standards


SS.6-8.WGGS.14. Describe the factors that shape identity, including institutions, religion, language, social class, geography, culture, and society.

SS.6-8.WGGS.16. Investigate cultural developments within and across human societies with attention to belief systems, philosophies, ideologies, and the arts.

SS.6-8.WGGS.17. Analyze the impact of technological developments on events, peoples, and cultures across the world.


SS.6-8.WGGS.20. Explore instances of oppression in the modern world as well as individual and group resistance movements for social justice which have developed in response.

SS.6-8.WGGS.22. Discuss the contributions of racially and ethnically diverse leaders to the advancement of communities and nations around the world.


SS.6-8.WGGS.24. Describe the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people's lives.


SS.6-8.WGGS.27. Utilize and construct maps, charts, and other geographic representations to explain and analyze regional, environmental, and cultural characteristics in various places around the world.

SS.6-8.WGGS.28. Explain how changes in transportation, communication, and technology influence the movement of people, goods and ideas.

SS.6-8.WGGS.29. Explain how global changes in population distribution patterns affect changes in land use in particular areas.

SS.6-8.WGGS.31. Analyze and explain the cultural, physical, and environmental characteristics of places and regions and how these affected the lives of the people who lived there.


SS.6-8.WGGS.32. Explain how supply and demand, costs and competition influence market prices, wages, social, and environmental outcomes.

SS.6-8.WGGS.34. Assess the economies of various nations based on trade, resources, labor, monetary systems, and other factors.

Relevant Content

❖ Assimilation ❖ Chinese Exclusion Act ❖ Company Towns
❖ Capitalism ❖ Captains of Industry ❖ Corporations
❖ Gilded Age ❖ Immigration ❖ Industrialization
❖ Labor Reforms ❖ Laissez-Faire (Deregulation) ❖ Poverty
❖ Progressivism ❖ Push and Pull Factors ❖ Racism
❖ Regulation ❖ Robber Barons ❖ The Jungle
❖ Unions ❖ Urbanization ❖ Vertical Integration
❖ Women's Suffrage