8th Grade Blog

Please follow the class blog to stay up to date on what we do in class, or to get caught up if you miss a day in class. Eighth Grade history covers the early years of the United States going through the Civil War and into Reconstruction.  We will cover from around the late 1700s and end in in the late 1800s.  We will study the formations of our government, the challenges our nation faced and the divisions that eventually led to civil war.  As a class we will ask historical questions and investigate the past in an attempt to understand how these events have shaped our present.

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Social Studies Elective

Occasionally information may be shared on the class blog, however most information will be provided in the class. Welcome to Social Studies Elective.  In this course we will investigate a number of different social studies topics.  From history and government, to current events and public speaking.  We will be looking at many different topics that fall under the umbrella of “social studies” as we work to become better informed on the world around us, and engaged and thoughtful citizens in our republic.

How to Outline

How to Outline:

This year we will practice outlines in each chapter. Students will be making a chapter outline as they read, making note of at least one fact per paragraph. These outlines will be put in their Interactive Student Notebook (ISN), and used to reference as we study for each unit. Below you fill find links to important information on how to outline, including a helpful video.

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7th Grade Blog

Please follow the class blog to stay up to date on what we do in class, or to get caught up if you miss a day in class. Seventh grade world history will focus on the early part of human civilizations.  We will begin our investigation in the Paleolithic Age and then move on to the early civilizations ranging from Mesopotamia and Egypt to the Greeks and the Romans.  We will look at the different cultures, beliefs, and events that helped shaped the world for these civilizations and seek to better understand the world we live in.

June 1, 2017 – Gettysburg Address and Newspaper Project

Agenda:

  • Do Now
  • Good News
  • Gettysburg Address Activity
  • Civil War Newspaper Project
  • Wrap Up

I Can:

  • Summarize the meaning of the Gettysburg Address
  • Explain major conflicts during the Civil War
  • Describe how life changed for women during the Civil War
  • Detail the life of a Civil War soldier
  • Explain major events of the Civil War

Homework:

  • Read 474-480, answer 1-5 on 480
  • Read 481-487, answer 1-4 on 480

Day in Review:

We began class with a short video (found below) on the Civil War.  We then had a short activity around the Gettysburg Address. We discussed the ideas that Lincoln evoked in his address and the connections to the Revolution. We examined repeating ideas, areas that stand out, and the idea of what the address asked Americans to do.

Following the activity students were given the remaining time to work on their group projects.  As a reminder, each group was assigned a major battle and a general to write about, and all groups will write an article on the changing role of women, the life of a soldier, a prediction on who will win the war, and a critical assessment of the economy, the draft, or the removal of Habeas Corpus. Papers are due next Friday and should plan accordingly to ensure the project is complete.  No late assignments will be accepted.


Assignments and Resources:

May 31, 2017 – Dynasty Awards, and Rome Intro

Agenda:

  • Do Now
  • Good News
  • Dynasty Awards Presentation
  • Roman Republic Introduction
  • Wrap Up

I Can:

  • I can evaluate the contributions that dynasties made to Chinese civilization
  • I can explain the formation of the Roman Republic
  • I can describe the geographical and cultural influences to Roman civilization

Homework:

  • Any China make up work is due Monday, June 5

Day in Review:

We began our day with groups presenting their Dynasty awards that they have been working on over the past few weeks. Following presentations we had a brief introduction into Rome and how it relates to previous units, as well as our own country. Students then began a guided reading activity for our chapter Rome: Republic to Empire, which we will continue on Friday.


Assignments and Resources:

  • None

May 30, 2017 – Emancipation Proclamation

Agenda:

  • Do Now
  • Good News
  • Civil War Newspaper Project
  • Wrap Up

I Can:

  • Summarize the meaning and result of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Explain the goals and consequences of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Explain major conflicts during the Civil War
  • Describe how life changed for women during the Civil War
  • Detail the life of a Civil War soldier
  • Explain major events of the Civil War

Homework:

  • Read 465-471, answer 1-5 on 471

Day in Review:

We began class with a short video (found below) on the Civil War.  We then had a short activity around the Emancipation Proclamation. We discussed the goals of the proclamation, the political realities that influenced the scale and scope of the it, and the results.

Following the activity students were given the remaining time to work on their group projects.  As a reminder, each group was assigned a major battle and a general to write about, and all groups will write an article on the changing role of women, the life of a soldier, a prediction on who will win the war, and a critical assessment of the economy, the draft, or the removal of Habeas corpus. Papers are due next Friday and should plan accordingly to ensure the project is complete.  No late assignments will be accepted.


Assignments and Resources:

May 26, 2017 – Newspaper Project

Agenda:

  • Do Now
  • Good News
  • Civil War Newspaper Project
  • Wrap Up

I Can:

  • Explain major conflicts during the Civil War
  • Describe how life changed for women during the Civil War
  • Detail the life of a Civil War soldier
  • Explain major events of the Civil War

Homework:

  • Read 458-464, answer 1-4 on 464

Day in Review:

Today students were introduced to our final project on the Civil War. Students will produce a newspaper that has various stories about life during the Civil War. Each group was assigned a major battle and a general to write about, and all groups will write an article on the changing role of women, the life of a soldier, a prediction on who will win the war, and a critical assessment of the economy, the draft, or the removal of Habeas corpus.


Assignments and Resources:

May 25, 2017 – Dynasty Award Work Day

Agenda:

  • Do Now
  • Good News
  • Dynasty Awards Project
  • Wrap Up

I Can:

  • I can summaries the key contributions of various emperors to Chinese civilization
  • I can evaluate the contributions that dynasties made to Chinese civilization

Homework:

  • Work on dynasty project – DUE TOMORROW!

Day in Review:

Today we continued our Dynasty Award project, which will be due Friday, May 26th.  Student will create awards for each dynasty and explain why that dynasty received the award.  Student have an option of creating a 3-d version of their award if they choose. Awards will be presented in class on Friday the 26th.


Assignments and Resources:

May 23/24, 2017 – The Civil War Newspaper

Agenda:

  • Do Now
  • Good News
  • Civil War Newspaper Project
  • Wrap Up

I Can:

  • Explain major conflicts during the Civil War
  • Describe how life changed for women during the Civil War
  • Detail the life of a Civil War soldier
  • Explain major events of the Civil War

Homework:

  • Read 452-457, answer 1-4 on 457

Day in Review:

Tuesday and Wednesday students were introduced to our final project on the Civil War. Students will produce a newspaper that has various stories about life during the Civil War. Each group was assigned a major battle and a general to write about, and all groups will write an article on the changing role of women, the life of a soldier, a prediction on who will win the war, and a critical assessment of the economy, the draft, or the removal of Habeas corpus.


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