History of Your State
Age 12-14: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 1

In this unit, you'll explore your state from a variety of angles, learning about its geography, ecosystems, history, economy, government, and culture. You'll take at least one field trip with your family and complete independent research, allowing you to broaden and deepen your understanding of the state you call home.

Over the course of this unit, you'll work with maps, census data, images, websites, and other resources to help you develop a more complete understanding of your state. As a culminating activity, you'll demonstrate what you've learned by creating a trivia quiz about your state. You will also develop either a short film or mural that could be shared in state welcome centers to show visitors your state's important features.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 12-14 social studies units utilize a Timeline of American History along with a stack of timeline cards to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events.
$15.00 #1809 Age 12-14 - American History Timeline Cards
$7.00 #1810 Age 12-14 - American History Timeline


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at an 8th or 9th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Can write a five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the eighth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Your State's Natural History (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Flora and Fauna
  • Lesson 3: Native Populations
  • Lesson 4: The History of Your State (3 Days)
  • Lesson 5: State Leaders
  • Lesson 6: Your State by the Numbers (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Your State's Economy (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Your State and the Arts
  • Final Project: A Warm Welcome (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze important geographic, political, economic, and social aspects of life in your state during various eras of your state's history. (Social Studies)
  • Assess the impact of geography on the settlement and development of your state. (Social Studies)
  • Evaluate the impact of political, economic, social, and technological changes on your state over time. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and describe the American Indians who originally inhabited your state and understand their interactions with other settlers. (Social Studies)
  • Trace your state's history through as it related to key events and time periods in United States history — the colonial period, the Revolution, the antebellum period, the Civil War, the late 19th century, the Great Depression and World War II, the post-war 20th century, and the modern era. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the geographic factors that have influenced your state. (Social Studies)
  • Understand your state's government and explore examples of opportunities for active citizenship, past and present, within your state. (Social Studies)
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