4th Grade Social Studies
Goal 1: The learner will apply the five themes of geography to North Carolina and its people.
1.02 Describe and compare physical and cultural characteristics of the regions.
1.03 Suggest some influences that location has on life in North Carolina such as major cities, recreation areas, industry, and farms.
1.04 Evaluate ways the people of North Carolina used, modified, and adapted to the physical environment, past and present.
1.05 Assess human movement as it relates to the physical environment.
Goal 4: The learner will analyze social and political institutions in North Carolina such as government, education, religion, and family and how they structure society, influence behavior, and response to human needs.
4.01 Assess and evaluate the importance of regional diversity on the development of economic, social, and political institutions in North Carolina.

4th Grade English Language Arts
Goal 2: The learner will apply strategies and skills to comprehend text that is read, heard, and viewed.
2.01 Use metacognitive strategies to comprehend text and to clarify meaning of vocabulary (e.g., reread the text, consult other sources, ask for help, paraphrase, question).
2.02 Interact with the text before, during, and after reading, listening, and viewing by:
setting a purpose using prior knowledge and text information.
making predictions.
formulating questions.
locating relevant information.
making connections with previous experiences, information, and ideas.
2.03 Read a variety of texts, including:
fiction (legends, novels, folklore, science fiction).
nonfiction (autobiographies, informational books, diaries, journals).
poetry (concrete, haiku).
drama (skits, plays).
2.04 Identify and interpret elements of fiction and nonfiction and support by referencing the text to determine the:
main idea and supporting details.
author?s choice of words.
author?s use of figurative language.
2.05 Make inferences, draw conclusions, make generalizations, and support by referencing the text.
2.06 Summarize major points from fiction and nonfiction text(s) to clarify and retain information and ideas.
2.07 Determine usefulness of information and ideas consistent with purpose.
2.08 Verify the meaning or accuracy of the author?s statement(s) by referencing the text or other resources.

8th Grade Social Studies
Goal 3: The learner will identify key events and evaluate the impact of reform and expansion in North Carolina during the first half of the 19th century.
3.04 Describe the development of the institution of slavery in the State and nation, and assess its impact on the economic, social, and political conditions.

8th Grade English Language Arts
Goal 1: The learner will use language to express individual perspectives through analysis of personal, social, cultural, and historical issues.
1.02 Analyze expressive materials that are read, heard, and/or viewed by:
monitoring comprehension for understanding of what is read, heard and/or viewed.
reviewing the characteristics of expressive works.
determining the importance of literary effects on the reader/viewer/listener.
making connections between works, self and related topics
drawing inferences.
1.04 Reflect on learning experiences by:
evaluating how personal perspectives are influenced by society, cultural differences, and historical issues.
Goal 2: The learner will use and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
2.01 Analyze and evaluate informational materials that are read, heard, and/or viewed by:
monitoring comprehension for understanding of what is read, heard and/or viewed.
recognizing the characteristics of informational materials.
summarizing information.
determining the importance and accuracy of information.
making connections to related topics/information.
drawing inferences and/or conclusions.
generating questions.
extending ideas.
Goal 4: The learner will continue to refine critical thinking skills and create criteria to evaluate print and non-print materials.
4.01 Analyze the purpose of the author or creator and the impact of that purpose by:
monitoring comprehension for understanding of what is read, heard, and/or viewed.
evaluating any bias, apparent or hidden messages, emotional factors, and/or propaganda techniques.
evaluating the underlying assumptions of the author/creator.
evaluating the effects of author?s craft on the reader/viewer/listener.
4.02 Analyze and develop (with limited assistance) and apply appropriate criteria to evaluate the quality of the communication by:
using knowledge of language structure and literary or media techniques.
drawing conclusions based on evidence, reasons, or relevant information.
considering the implications, consequences, or impact of those conclusions.
4.03 Use the stance of a critic to:
consider alternative points of view or reasons.
remain fair-minded and open to other interpretations.
construct a critical response/review of a work/topic.

U. S. History
Goal 2: Expansion and Reform (1801-1850) - The learner will assess the competing forces of expansionism, nationalism, and sectionalism.
2.06 Evaluate the role of religion in the debate over slavery and other social movements and issues.
Goal 3: Crisis, Civil War, and Reconstruction (1848-1877) - The learner will analyze the issues that led to the Civil War, the effects of the war, and the impact of Reconstruction on the nation.
3.04 Analyze the political, economic, and social impact of Reconstruction on the nation and identify the reasons why Reconstruction came to an end.