8th Grade U.S. History
Mandatory Tutoring: Friday 3:45-4:45
Supplies: The supplies list is posted on the JISD website. I will also include a copy of the link here. https://www.judsonisd.org/Page/7074
Overview of classroom: Since JSTEM is based on PBL, students will actively be participating in group activities and projects. However, there will be times that as a class we need more direct instructional time. Below is a typical daily schedule:
- Warm Up (5 min)
- Teach/ Instructions (10-15 min)
- Activity (25-30 min)
- Reflection (5 min)
- Weekly Quizzes
Attendance: Attendance is very important.. With us doing a lot of hands-on activities, missing class could hurt the learning process. However, if you are forced to miss a class, I plan on posting every class document to google classroom. Once the students receive their chromebooks, I will provide them with the invite code. If you know you're going to be absent ahead of time for any reason (extracurricular activities, family vacation, etc) please email me asap so that I can get the work to the student.
Late Work Policy: Late daily assignments not submitted on the due date will result in a 5 point reduction per day off the final grade and no assignments will be accepted after the 5th day. Major tests and projects will not be accepted late, but they may be made up via the retest policy.
Retest Policy: Students will only be allowed to retest on tests and major grades. They may only retest if they received less than a 70% and may only earn up to a 70% in the gradebook. Students must communicate with me in advance that they would like to retest so I can prepare material. Students will be taking a different test or different assignment than the one they failed.
Grading Policy: Test and major projects will be 40% of the students grade. Daily work will be 60%.
Units we will cover in the classroom:
- Unit 1: Colonization
- Unit 2: American Independence
- Unit 3: Writing the Constitution
- Unit 4: Early Republic
- Unit 5: Age of Jackson and westward expansion
- Unit 6: Industrialization and reform
- Unit 7: Sectionalism and The Civil War
- Unit 8: Reconstruction