Ms.Hale’s 8th grade U.S. History
This year all 8th grade students will be taking the 8th grade American History STAAR test in the spring. This is a VERY challenging test and passing requires your student to be in class every day, learning, memorizing and understanding the content presented. If you would like to preview the previous released STAAR test for 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 you can do so by going to: www.tea.texas.gov. This will give you an idea of the level of difficulty on the test. Good reading skills are a critical part of success in all subjects, and I urge parents to encourage your students to read often and from a variety of sources- books, magazines, news articles, and more.
Should you see your student having difficulty in class, help is available through tutoring after school from 2:50 to 3:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I am looking forward to sharing my love of American History and Government with your child. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach me 915-822-8829 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will return all communications within 24 hours.
1 5 subject notebook Be on time with all necessary supplies
1box of Kleenex Follow directions the first time they are give
1 Canister of Clorox Wipes Be respectful, no cursing, teasing, or bullying
Pencils, pens (Blue or Black) Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself
1 hand sanitizer No distractions: grooming, electronics, or gum
Loose leaf paper (wide rule) Treat substitutes with respect
Always try 100%
If a student fails to obey the classroom guidelines, the following classroom consequences will be implemented
Teacher Conference with student
After school detention- student will call parent to notify of detention
Phone call to parent
Parent teacher conference
Referral to counselor/administrator
Grades will be weighed as follows:
Each assignment is individually labeled in the TEAMS Parent Portal
Individual class assignments will be worth one grade
Test will be worth two grades
Group projects will vary depending on the rigor of the work required.
District rules state that a student will be given 1 day to make up work for every one absence. It will be the student’s responsibility to turn in all missed work.
While I do accept late work, the highest grade permitted will be an 80%.
WHAT YOUR STUDENT WILL LEARN THIS YEAR
There are 9 Units we will cover this school year. The following is a list of the Units to be covered in chronological order.
Unit 1: English Colonization
Unit 2: Causes of the American Revolution
Unit 3: American Revolution
Unit 4: Creation and Ratification of the Constitution
Unit 5: Early Republic
Unit 6: Age of Jackson
Unit 7: Industrial Revolution/Westward Expansion
Unit 8: Pre Revolution and Reform
Unit 9: Civil War/Reconstruction
My goal is to have all students be responsible for their education. This is always a work in progress for students, being prepared for class, having their assignments completed, paying attention in class and following both classroom rules and school rules are a few of the responsibilities that I expect students to work on. I will be here to help and guide them on this. I believe together you, your child and I will have a successful school year.