Welcome to 8th grade Civics!

Civics and Economics

Standards for Civics and Economics examine the roles citizens play in the political, governmental, and economic systems in the United States. Students will examine the foundational documents and principles with which the constitutions of Virginia and the United States were established, identify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens, and describe the structure and operation of government at the local, state, and national levels. Through the economics standards, students will compare the United States economy to other types of economies and consider the government’s role in the United States economy. Students will investigate the process by which decisions are made in the American market economy and explain the government’s role in the United States economy. The standards identify personal character traits, such as patriotism, respect for the law, willingness to perform public service, and a sense of civic duty, that facilitate thoughtful and effective active participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society.


2/24/20: We are moving into the Judicial Systems. This week students investigate the Organization of Courts and the role of Judicial Review.

2/17/20:  Students investigate propaganda and bias in advertising. Students will study how public policy is formed. 

2/10/20: Students take unit test about Local Government on 2/11/20. Students begin unit on Public Policy, beginning with Media and Public Opinion and Influences on Public Policy.
2/3/20: As we continue our unit on local government we look into the overlap of state and local government, the continue with the lawmaking process at the local level with local ordinances.

1/28/20: We begin our unit on Local Government in Virginia in the context of Federalism. This week students learn about the powers and structure of local government.

1/21/20: Students learn about Federalism and conclude the unit on State power and structure with a Unit test on 1/24/20.

1/13/20: Students continue learning about federal and stated reserved powers, then will learn about concurrent powers.

1/6/20: We are learning about the U.S. system of Federalism by looking onto the explicit roles of the federal government through reserved powers annotated in the Constitution. Roles not explicitly reserved by the Constitution are the States' responsibility. 

12/17/19: Students are completing Branches of Government unit and Separation of Powers, specifically Checks and Balances. Students take a test on 12/19/19.

12/5/19: Students are studying the branches of government and the roles of the Legislative Branch

11/21/19: We have begun studying the Constitutional framework of government established in Articles I, II, and III. Students begin with the structure of government (branches and their respective roles).

11/13/19: We conclude the unit on elections with an issue comparison of the candidates for the 2019 Virginia House of Delegates for the 2nd District (Porter's). Students will test on Elections Unit on Monday, November 18th.

11/6/19: This week students learn about the electoral college and voting. Students will research their local delegates for Virginia Assembly and cast their ballot in a mock election.

10/28/19: Students completed their unit on Constitutional Foundations (CE2abcd) and are studying the political process (CE5a-f) through November 22.

Retakes for each strand of Constitutional Foundations are on Monday, October 28th during Civics classes.

9:00 - 10:30           Period 1
10:30 - 11:35        Period 2 
11:35 - 12:10        LUNCH &             
12:10 - 12:55        ENCORE
12:55 - 1:25           Period 5
1:25 - 2:10              Period 6
2:10 - 2:55              Period 7
2:55 - 3:35              Period 8
3:35                           Lockers
3:40                           Dismissal