8th Grade U.S. History – Overview and Expectations
I Overview – 8th grade U.S. History is a fun class. We examine the important people, places, events, and ideas that have shaped this country. We learn about the Founding Fathers, Native Americans, the Gold Rush, laws, rights, citizenship, slavery, immigration, and the many cultures that are part of the U.S.A.
Students will be asked to think, speak, read, write, and participate, and ask lots of questions about the world long ago and today. We will work collaboratively and cooperatively to become better readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers. Our goal is to prepare students for High School, College and beyond , and develop into productive citizens. Students will participate in the Achieve3000 reading program to help improve their reading comprehension.
II Expectations – I hope both the students and the teacher share the same “Golden Rule”:
“Encourage the teacher to teach and the students to learn in a safe, enjoyable, and respectful way.”
To help all of us meet this simple goal, students will be expected to:
· Be on time, prepared (chromebook charged and school supplies) and ready to learn every day.
· Be attentive and respectful in class. Be prepared to do your best.
· Complete all work, even when absent (call a friend, contact teacher, call school).
· “Do the right thing.”
III Grading – You will earn points by doing work. Late work is accepted up to the end of the grading period at no more than 70% of the original point worth.
Formal Assessments (tests/quizzes, presentations, projects) – 40% of grade
Informal Assessments (class work, individual responses, etc.) – 40% of grade
Participation (Exit tickets, QOD, HW) - 10% of grade
Achieve 3000 - 10% of grade
Citizenship Grade (O,S,N,U) – combination of behavior, attitude, effort, participation
90%-100% - A
80%-89.9% - B
70%-79.9% - C
60%-69.9% - D
50% -59.9% - F
IV Homework –. There is no set homework policy, but it will be assigned occasionally. My advice is that you always review what was done in class that day. You will be responsible for completing all work which may require some work at home. Redo work that is not excellent.
V Parents – Parents / guardians are the most important part of a child’s education. Show you care by:
· Providing a quiet place to work.
· Asking your child to show you what they did today, including their agenda.
· Communicating with the teacher via email, telephone, or ParentSquare.