Ms. Flowers 8th Grade US History Course Syllabus
Course Description:This is a year-long course that will cover U.S. History from the founding of the original 13 colonies through immigration in the late 1800’s early 1900s. Work will include, but is not limited to: reading, Interactive Notebooks, writing papers, individual and group projects, maps, timelines and whatever other exciting things we explore.
Course Work: The majority of your coursework will be either on paper or done digitally through Google Classroom. Students will need to bring their Interactive Notebook and chromebook(charged) daily in order to participate fully in class. Students will complete a variety of tasks that include individual work, collaboration, simulations, and projects.
The year will be divided into the following units:
Unit 1 - Geography of the United States
Unit 2 - The Colonies
Unit 3 - The American Revolution
Unit 4 - The Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Unit 5 - Establishing a Nation
Unit 6 - The Westward Movement
Unit 7 - Reformation and the Causes of Sectionalism
Unit 8 - The Civil War
Unit 9 - Reconstruction
Unit 10- Homesteading and the West
Unit 11-Politics, Industry, and Reform
Unit 12- Immigration
Suggested Supplies: A spiral notebook (Interactive Notebook), ,colored pencils, two highlighters, pencils, blue or black pens, ,glue sticks (not liquid), scissors, and markers.
Our Wish list: We are always in need of the following items:
Scotch tape (disposable dispensers or replacement tap)
Magazines (please remove your address)
Colored construction paper
Any donations would be greatly appreciated but are never expected. Your greatest gift to the classroom is to support your student in their learning.
Assessments and Grades: Students will be evaluated on their ability to recall, explain, and evaluate the materials presented. Much of the Classwork/Practice category of weighted grades will be contained in the student’s Interactive Notebooks or submitted in Google Classroom. Each unit will be graded independently, though all units in one semester will be combined for a final semester grade. The grades listed in Google Classroom will not reflect a student’s grade accurately, and instead only grades listed in Powerschool are to be factored in.
Grades: Overall grades will be based on a combination of the following work:
30% Classwork/Practice: Includes daily classwork and homework, vocabulary. Homework will be assigned but not every day. Students will always be expected to finish unfinished classwork at home.
70% Summative Assessments/Projects: Includes papers and projects and tests
Grades will be updated regularly and viewable on PowerSchool. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns. It is recommended that all work for each semester be kept until grades have been received. If assignments are saved, then proof of all assignment scores are available to you in case a mistake is found on PowerSchool.
ReDos: Summative assessments/Projects/Tests can be redone for up to full credit. Before I will allow a summative assignment to be redone, all practice must be turned in for that unit and the student and I must have a conversation about the redo.
Academic Honesty: All work should be your work alone, unless collaboration is required in an assignment. Any assignment that is proven to be the work of anyone other than the student will be given a zero. This includes information taken directly from the internet and not cited as such.
1. Be PRESENT:Be in your seat, ready to work when the bell rings. Be on task and not distracted by technology.
2. Be POSITIVE: Be kind to yourself and to others. Use positive language and treat others with respect and compassion.
3. Be PRODUCTIVE: Participate, complete classwork and summative assessments (projects), ask questions, and do your best each and every day.
Results of Making Poor Decisions that Affect the Greater Good:
I will have a conversation with the student (warning)
2nd time=conversation with student and parent contact
3rd time= Detention to be served with me(with parent contact)
4th time=Discipline referral to administration
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