This eighth grade social studies class will begin by studying the Revolutionary War Era and the ideas that shaped our country and the Constitution.  Then, as we follow the state standards, your young person will jump forward in time and continue their study of U.S. history from WWII to the present.  Also, students will study current events, fundamental civic, political and economic ideas of our nation, and take an in-depth look at the Constitution and how it works.



         The primary textbook for this class is The American Journey. We only have a classroom set of textbooks, so students will not be issued individual textbooks. However, a student may checkout a textbook to take home if necessary.

         School supplies that you will need to bring to class daily are:

             ~ Pencil and pen (any color except white)     ~ 1" binder (floppy or standard)   

             ~ Colored pencils and/or markers                 ~ A large 3-ring binder with plastic

             ~ Loose leaf paper                                                 case for supplies



         I consider being on time to class a respectful and important habit. It is my job to begin teaching as soon as class begins. It is your job to be on time and prepared to learn. Students who come to class late will be serving lunch detention.




    ASSESSMENT  (Grading)

         Every student will begin with an A+ at the beginning of each quarter. At the end of each quarter it is possible for all my students to be assessed at the highest level and receive A’s. I do not grade on the curve.

         The concept behind my grading system is the idea of stewardship.  Stewardship is taking good care of things you have been put in charge of.  A student needs to take good care of the points they have been given.  If you take good care of them, you will be rewarded well, if you do not take care of your points, you will be rewarded poorly.

         Assignments will be given a point value (that corresponds to a standard letter grade), and points will be taken away for work that does not meet standards. The grading scale is as follows:

              A+   97-100 %                            B-     80-83                      D   64-66         

              A     94-96                                   C+    77-79                      D-  60-63

              A -   90-93                                   C 74-76                           F    59 and below

              B+   87-89                                   C-     70-73

              B     84-86                                   D+    67-69                                                   


    *Parents/Guardians can access their young person’s grade on-line. Grade print-outs will only be issued for parents/guardians with no on-line access.

    *Late work is not accepted unless prior arrangements have been made or you have been absent.                                  

    *Cheating is an automatic O% and the parent(s) will be contacted.

    *Homework: Homework, when given, is usually due in a week.

    *Papers without a student name will not receive credit.

    *Make-up work: If you have been absent please check the Assignment Folders on the wall for the graded work (both homework and in-class work) that you missed.  It is your responsibility to make-up all missing work, tests, and quizzes after being absent.

    *Extra Credit:  Students may read an historical fiction novel and write a 2 page summary for up to 75 points extra credit.  Students may complete one per quarter. 



         You are encouraged to use the 4-minute passing period responsibly by meeting your restroom/locker needs. Students will be issued 3 “toilet tickets” each quarter.  I also accept passes from other grade-level teachers.