Eighth Grade United States History
This year we will be studying the main characters and major events in U.S. History, from the first days of European exploration until the settlement of the West after the Civil War. By examining these people and events we will develop a better understanding of how they led to the development of our country, our system of government, and our way of life.
As part of our study of U.S. History we will be involved in many different activities such as the creation and reading of maps, charts, and graphs, individual and group research, hands on projects, and class reports. We will also examine and discuss some of the major events in Florida’s history and the effects they had on Marion County and the State of Florida as a whole.
Textbook and Supplies
This year we will be using United States History, Beginnings to 1877 published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing. Class sets of this resource are available to all students. Additionally, a textbook may be issued for home use with a replacement cost of $58.00. An online version of the textbook is also available to each child via their student portal.
Supplies regularly used in this class are pencils/pens, highlighters, college ruled notebook paper, colored pencils, glue sticks, and a handheld pencil sharpener. I will provide one spiral notebook (as your interactive notebook, or INB) and one pocket folder with brads (as your reference folder) - this notebook and folder stay in the classroom except for study purposes prior to the semester and end-of-course exams.
Attendance and Assignments
Since a majority of the course material will be presented and discussed in class, it is very important that you make every effort to attend class each day. If you are absent you will be responsible to obtain and complete missed work located in an absentee folder for your class period at the front of the classroom. You will have a day for each day that you missed to turn in the assignments. Any tests or quizzes that you miss will be taken when you return to school.
Each assignment is expected to be turned in on time. In order to be fair to everyone, late work will incur a deduction of 5 percentage points per day late. In the case of absences, deductions will not apply as long as missed assignments are turned in the next day.
In order for you to be successful it is very important that you participate in class. This means that you must take notes when needed, join class and group discussions, and complete all individual assignments.
Contacting the Teacher
Email is the most effective form of communication as I periodically check this throughout the day and do also from home in the evenings at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also leave a message on my voice mail (checked in the morning, at lunch –12:45-1:10, and after dismissal everyday) at: (352)671-6325 extension 52160.
Discipline and Class Procedures
I expect all students to enter the class quietly and take their assigned seats, prepared for class. Fort McCoy School policies and procedures are expected to be followed at all times. In addition, here are our specific class rules:
- Be respectful to everyone (including yourself) at all times.
- Ask permission before leaving your seat.
- Come prepared for class.
Also, please be mindful of the NO GUM CHEWING policy in this building.
To ensure the safety of everyone I will dismiss you at the end of class so everyone will be expected to remain in their seats until then. Other classroom procedures will be reviewed in class.
The grading scale used will be:
A = 90-100 pts.
B = 80-89 pts.
C = 70-79 pts.
D = 60-69 pts.
F = 59 and below
**Please remember that you MUST pass 8th Grade U.S. History in order to graduate from Middle School.
Grades will be based on several different categories as follows:
- Homework 10%
- Class work, Quizzes, all other assignments 50%
- Test, Projects, and Presentations 40%