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Program of Studies
Grade 8 Social Studies

8.3 Worldviews in Conflict: The Spanish and the Aztecs
General Outcome

Through an examination of Spanish and Aztec societies, students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how intercultural contact impacts the worldviews of societies.

Specific Outcomes
Values and Attitudes
Students will:
8.3.1 appreciate how a society’s worldview influences its choices, decisions and interactions with others (C, I)
8.3.2 appreciate how Aztec and Spanish identities and worldviews were impacted by intercultural contact (TCC, GC, I)
8.3.3 appreciate and recognize how rapid adaptation can radically change a society’s beliefs, values and knowledge (TCC, GC)

Knowledge and Understanding
Students will:
8.3.4 critically assess how the Aztecs were affected by the Spanish worldview by exploring and reflecting upon the following questions and issues:
• What were the key elements of the worldview of the Aztec civilization prior to contact with the Spanish? (TCC, I, CC)
• How did the Aztec civilization’s worldview influence its choices, decisions and customs? (TCC, CC, PADM)
• In what ways did factors such as technology and disease contribute to the dominance of the Spanish over the Aztec civilization? (ER, LPP)


Students will:
8.S.1 develop skills of critical thinking and creative thinking:
• analyze the validity of information based on context, bias, source, objectivity, evidence and reliability to broaden understanding of a topic or an issue
• critically evaluate ideas, information and positions from multiple perspectives
• re-evaluate personal opinions to broaden understanding of a topic or an issue
• generate creative ideas and strategies in individual and group activities
*access diverse viewpoints on particular topics, using appropriate technologies
8.S.2 develop skills of historical thinking:
• distinguish cause, effect, sequence and correlation in historical events, including the long and short-term causal relations
• use historical and community resources to organize the sequence of historical events
• analyze the historical contexts of key events of a given time period
*create a simulation or a model, using technology that permits the making of inferences
8.S.4. demonstrate skills of decision making and problem solving:
• demonstrate skills of compromise and devise strategies to reach group consensus
• propose and apply new ideas and strategies to contribute to problem solving and decision making, supported with facts and reasons
*identify appropriate materials and tools to use in order to accomplish a plan of action
*evaluate choices and progress in problem solving, then redefine the plan of action as necessary

Students will:
8.S.5 demonstrate skills of cooperation, conflict resolution and consensus building:
• consider the needs and perspectives of others
• demonstrate leadership within groups, where appropriate

Students will:
8.S.7 apply the research process:
• integrate and synthesize concepts to provide an informed point of view on a research question or an issue
• develop a position supported by information gathered through research
• draw conclusions based upon research and evidence
• organize and synthesize researched information
• practice responsible and ethical use of information and technology
• include and organize references as part of research
*plan and conduct a search, using a wide variety of electronic sources
*demonstrate the advanced search skills necessary to limit the number of hits desired for online and offline databases; for example, the use of “and” or “or” between search topics and the choice of appropriate search engines for the topic
*develop a process to manage volumes of information that can be made available through electronic sources
*evaluate the relevance of electronically accessed information to a particular topic
*make connections among related, organized data and assemble various pieces into a unified message
*access and retrieve information through the electronic network in the context of a group research project
*analyze and synthesize information to create a product


Students will:
8.S.8 demonstrate skills of oral, written and visual literacy:
• communicate in a persuasive and engaging manner through speeches, multimedia presentations and written and oral reports, taking particular audiences and purposes into consideration
• offer reasoned comments relating to the topic of discussion
• listen to others in order to understand their perspectives


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