8th Grade Social Studies

American History 1865-2009Approach to course is essentially chronological       I.            IntroductionCourse VocabularySchools of Historical InterpretationWhat is History?      II.            Civil WarBrief Review  III.            Reconstruction 1865-1876 Terms to IdentifySocial, Political and Economic Changes  IV.            Rise of Industrialization 1870-1900Terms to indentifyRise of Big BusinessGrowth of LaborImmigrationGilded AgePositive and Negative ChangesTurner Thesis     V.            Reform in America 1890-1920Terms to IdentifyReform MovementsProgressive Era  VI.            Rise of American Power 1900-1920Terms to IdentifyU.S. as a World Power: Causes – EffectsWar and Foreign Affairs VII.            The Roaring Twenties 1920-1929Terms to IdentifyProsperity to DepressionCauses of the Great DepressionCultural Changes   VIII.            The New Deal Era 1930-1940Terms to IdentifyNew Deal Programs: Relief, Recovery and ReformSuccess or Failure  IX.            World War II and America as a Super Power 1941-1960Terms to IdentifyCauses and Effects of World War IIIsolation to GlobalismCold WarChanges in American Culture: 1950’s     X.            The 1960’s: Watershed in American HistoryTerms to IdentifyCivil Rights MovementSocial and Political ChangesVietnam WarWoodstock 40th Anniversary  XI.            The Presidency in Modern TimesTerms to IdentifyNixon to Obama: Foreign and Domestic PoliciesCold War to Global TerrorismGlobalism: Opportunities and Challenges  
             MiscellaneousHomeworkTestsMock TrialFive Paragraph EssayCartoon ProjectsVideosDocument based essaysCurrent Events GradingTests – count as one gradeUnit Exams – count as two gradesProjects – count as two gradesClass Participation – counts as one gradeHomework Assigned and Completed – counts as one grade based on number completedNotebook – counts as one grade  Supplies 3 Subject Spiral Notebook (only to be used for Social Studies)File FolderBlue or Black Pen 
 Expectations for Students·         Students are expected to participate in their learning. ·         Students must show up for class prepared. It is a reasonable expectation to show up with a pen, notebook, and textbook.·         Student should be on time for class.·         Students are to be respectful of themselves and each other.  This classroom is a community of learners and everyone deserves to be treated with respect. Everyone has the right to learn without disruption. Student Responsibilities·         Students must have their, pen, notebook, folder and textbook every day. The notebook and note taking are important skills in this course and notebooks will be graded every marking period and weighted as a test.  ·         Students have homework every night.  It may be written or it may be a reading assignment.  .  If they do not have an assignment then they should be reviewing their notes. Students will receive a separate grade for homework each marketing period.  ·         Attendance is necessary for the student to pass.  You have to be here.  ·         When a student misses a class it is the students’ responsibility to see me for any assignments that they missed.  I will provide them with all assignments and/or handouts. It is their responsibility to get the notes from their classmates.