Tucker Middle School

2160 Idlewood Road

    Tucker, Georgia 30084                                                                               


Teacher: Mr.  Alex R. Springs                                            

Grade 8th- Team 8TIGER                                                                                                  

Georgia Studies


Course Description / Course Code

This course is designed to teach the Georgia state standards for Georgia Studies in the 8th grade year. Four content domains will be explored.  They are:  geography of Georgia, history of Georgia, economic aspects during each time period, and government type/design per time period.


Textbook / Publisher/ Cost Georgia in the American Experience, McDougal Littell

If the textbook is lost, stolen, or damaged (missing the barcode), it is the student’s responsibility to pay for the book before a replacement book is issued. In the event that the lost book is found, please retain all receipts.


Outline of Course: Please refer to the attached DeKalb County pacing guide.


Description of Standards:

Georgia Performance Standards for grade 8 Social Studies will be taught during this course.  Please refer to the Georgia Performance Standards for detailed listings of standards.  (



Weighted averages               


                 Performance (Classwork, Homework, Quizzes)       60%

                Assessment (Tests, Projects, Portfolios)                  30%

                        Final Exam                                                   10%





Policies / Regulations:

It is the policy of the DeKalb County School System that students will receive a denotation of “I” (Incomplete) for any missing assignments until student work is completed. Student work must be completed within the prescribed time limit set by your school.  The maximum point allotment will be 80%. 


  • Zeros Are not Permitted Policy:  (ZAPP)- It is the expectation of this faculty that all assignments are completed for mastery.  If an assignment is not submitted and/or does not meet standards, then the student must complete and/or re-do the assignment during one or more of the outlined Safety Nets.


  • Homework:  Homework is expected to be completed as assigned.


  • Late work:   It is the policy of the DeKalb County School System that students will receive a denotation of “I” (Incomplete) for any missing assignments until student work is completed. Student work must be completed within the prescribed time limit.  The maximum point allotment will be 80%. 


  • Make-up work: Announced work, such as homework, quizzes and major assessments are due the day the student returns.  For each day’s excused absence, students will have one day to make up missed work.  If a student is absent under extenuating circumstances, special arrangements can be made to make up work.  IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THE CALENDAR AND/OR REQUEST MISSED WORK.


  • Academic honesty:  Receiving or giving information for an assignment is cheating and when caught in the act students will not receive credit nor receive the opportunity for a chance of make-up. Plagiarism is not acceptable: If a student takes information from the Internet or any printed resources without a citation, it is considered plagiarism and will result in a reduction in grade.


·Safety Net Opportunities: Any opportunity afforded to students to ensure mastery of required standards.  Suggested safety nets may include but are not limited to: before and after school tutorial, Saturday School, Second Chance Café, make-up packets, special projects, teacher tutorials, technology based projects, research and other extended learning opportunities.



One inch white binder, paper, blue or black ink pens, pencils, dividers.


Expectations / Consequences / Discipline: Students must adhere to the DCSS Student Code of Conduct, as well as specific class rules.


Important dates- See county / school website.


Required Projects, reading list and other special assignments: Students will read one additional book this semester to satisfy the 25 book campaign. Books will be provided in class.  One project will be completed at the end of the semester. Project details will be provided in early November.


Helpful websites and other resources

For example  (See GPS for Parent's section)



*The teacher reserves the right to adjust the course work and/or differentiate instruction as needed to meet the needs of students and ensure academic success.



Georgia Studies syllabus Fall 2010 Team 8 tigers – Mr. Springs

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