Social Studies 8
Social Studies 8
Ms. D. Hernandez
Phone: (210) 623-6260 ext 2422
Conference Period: 2nd period
Tutoring: I am available for tutoring every Tuesday from 3:30-4:00 or upon request from students. Students are encouraged to come to tutoring if there is a concept they are having difficulty with. If needed, students can request an appointment from the teacher for lunch time tutoring.
Course Description: In Grade 8, students study the history of the United States from the early colonial period through Reconstruction. The first part of a two-year study of U.S. history, the second part, comprising U.S. history from Reconstruction to the present. The content in Grade 8 builds upon that from Grade 5 but provides more depth and breadth. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, religious, and social events and issues related to the colonial and revolutionary eras, the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, challenges of the early republic, the Age of Jackson, westward expansion, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Students describe the physical characteristics of the United States and their impact on population distribution and settlement patterns in the past and present. Students analyze the various economic factors that influenced the development of colonial America and the early years of the republic and identify the origins of the free enterprise system. Students examine the American beliefs and principles, including limited government, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights, reflected in the U.S. Constitution and other historical documents. Students evaluate the impact of Supreme Court cases and major reform movements of the 19th century and examine the rights and responsibilities of citizens of the United States as well as the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic. Students evaluate the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of the United States. Students use critical-thinking skills, including the identification of bias in written, oral, and visual material.
Gradebook will calculate grades according to district policy as:
60% is Daily Work:
Which may include but is not limited to:
- Daily assignments,
- Class participation,
Which may include, but is not limited to:
- Teacher made tests,
- Common assessments,
- Interval tests,
- History Fair Project
- and other activities related to the content area
Plagiarism is defined as “the use of any other person’s work as one’s own and the unacknowledged use of that work in one’s own work.” All work must be the student’s own work. Any plagiarized work will result in a grade of zero along with a parent-teacher-administrator conference.
A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the district policy. Student should check the calendar for the assignments.
Missing Work/Late Work:
Assignments given in this class are not optional. Assignments will be written on the board and will also be given orally. If you do not complete the assignment you will receive a zero until it is turned in. Late work will be accepted at 5 points off per day
Be Role Models
Be Rocket Strong
Supplies/Materials Needed For Class:
The following items are needed to make the school year successful. Any of the following items that you can donate to our classroom will be greatly appreciated. The following items are needed to make the school year successful. Any of the following items that you can donate to our classroom will be greatly appreciated. (The only thing students need on a daily basis is a writing utensil; all other items will be stored in class.)
1 Composition Notebook
1 (2 inch Binder)
1 Pkg Post-It Notes
1 colors/markers/color pencils (buy the ones you will utilize)
1 Pkg Pencils
1 Box of Kleenex or 1 Pkg of Baby Wipes
2 glue sticks
1 Crayon Box /Bag
1pk of Ziplock bags (Quart or Gallon size) – We use these to store unfinished project materials.
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