Andover Middle School Grade 8th U.S. History Syllabus
Mr. Gay 2012 – 2013
SUBJECT AREA: U.S. HISTORY COURSE NUMBER: 210001001 COURSE TITLE: M/J U.S. HISTORY 8TH GRADE COURSE LENGTH: 1 Year
COURSE OBJECTIVES: This course introduces the major themes in the history of the United States from the early Americas to the present. Not only will we be studying the actions of presidents and important people, but we will also look at how common people lived and acted. We will compare the different experiences of various ethnic, religious, and racial groups and social classes. The intent of this course is to introduce the concepts, materials, and tools employed in the discipline of history, and to help develop writing and other skills used in the study of history. By the end of the course you will have developed the skills, knowledge and capability to think clearly and critically, to ask and research significant questions, to read historical materials intelligently and to express your ideas in a logical, concise manner.
The content of this course include the following: The Age of Exploration, Colonial American and the growth of the thirteen colonies The American Revolution Jefferson and Jackson Presidential Era Manifest Destiny North and South relations and reform Civil War and Reconstruction Progressive Era WWI The Great Depression and New Deal WWII The Cold War and the Civil Rights Era Vietnam War and America in a Modern Era.
TEXT: A History of the United States: published by McGraw Hill/Glencoe 2013 WEB BASED TEXTBOOK SUPPORT: http://www.glenco.mcgraw-hill.com
MATERIALS: These materials must be brought to school daily. U.S. History Notebook / Dividers Blue/Black Ink Pens Journal Composition Notebook, Notebook Paper Color Pencils
ASSESSMENTS: Evaluations will include projects, written assignments, tests, journals, projects, technology based activities, and class participation. Students will be notified in advance of upcoming tests, projects and activities.
CLASS GRADING POLICY: Academic, effort and conduct grades will be issued every 9 weeks. Progress reports will be sent home 4 weeks into each 9 week term. Class Assignments 30% Projects 15% Test 30% Home Learning 5% Quiz 20% GRADING SCALE: A = 90 - 100 B = 80 - 89 C = 70 - 79 D = 60 - 69 F = 0 – 59
CONDUCT GRADE: Students are expected to follow the Code of Student Conduct and Classroom Rules at all times. Consequences for conduct violations are as follows: Warning Detention/Conduct Cut/Demerit Student/teacher conference Teacher/Parent/Student conference Referral
EFFORT GRADE: Effort grades will be assigned based on the student completing all assignments in a timely manner.
HOME LEARNING POLICY: Home learning will be given at least 3 days a week. Students are expected to complete all home learning assignments. Students are responsible for copying the home learning assignments into their agendas. All home learning will be reviewed and opportunities for correction will be provided in class. Home learning will include book reports, projects and technology component(s).
ABSENCES: Students are responsible for obtaining missed notes and assignments from fellow classmates. Every attempt will be made to place important assignment information on the teacher website.
STUDENT PROGRESS: Parents are encouraged to check their child’s progress online through the Parent Internet Viewer (PIV) which is located on the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Parent Portal- http://myportal.dadeschools.net . Please visit the schools office to obtain the required 6 digit PIN number in order to access this site.
CONTACT INFORMATION: To contact the teacher, please call 305-654-2727 or you may email me at Zgay77@dadeschools.net
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