Christine Hale

    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: 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 I will return all communications within 24 hours.

SUPPLIES                                                             RULES

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

  • Verbal Warning

  • 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%.

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.