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Social Studies 8

If you need to do some work at home and do not have a text book, you can check out a
book or a CD from the library (IF they are available).  I will also try to have alternatives
to the text available throughout the school year.

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8th Grade Social Studies Writer

Poulsbo Middle School/M. Miranda

UNITS OF INSTRUCTION WILL INCLUDE: U.S. History, which will include elements of: the colonial period, the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, and U.S. Government. We will also learn about the Civil War and Westward Expansion up to the late 1800’s. We will also concentrate on current events and how they relate to the past. Learning to think about and analyze these events will be stressed. In addition to the social studies aspects of this class, geography, reading, writing, research, reports, and presentations will be a big portion of the activities during the next two semesters.

State of Washington EALR's for Social Science -- Close attention is paid to the NKSD and State of Washington EALR's for Social Science. These include History, Communications, and Geography. Geography skills will be stressed through Daily Geography. **For a complete list of Social Studies Standards: www.k12.wa.us/socialstudies/EALRs-GLEs.aspx

History

1. The student examines and understands major ideas, eras, themes, developments, turning points, chronology, and cause and effect relationships, in the United States, world, and Washington State history.

2. The student understands the origin and impact of ideas and technological developments on history.

Geography

1. The student uses maps, charts, and other geographic tools to understand the spatial arrangement of people, places, resources, and environments on Earth’s surface.

2. The student understands the complex physical and human characteristics of places and regions.

3. The student observes and analyzes the interaction between people, the environment, and culture.

Communications

1. The student uses listening and observation skills to gain understanding.

2. The student communicates ideas clearly and effectively.

3. The student uses communication strategy and skills to work effectively with others.

4. The student analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of presentations.

GRADES will be based on daily work, presentations, group work, and class participation. The most important part of the grade is the completion of daily assignments and homework. The student is responsible for his or her grade. Grades are based on a standard grading scale of passing at 60% to the top grade of 100%.

HOMEWORK, LATE, AND MAKE UP WORK (see the PMS Student Handbook for more information):

>> Homework may be given two to three (2-3) days per week.

>> All homework is due at the beginning of the period the next day.

>> All work must have a name, date, period, and assignment written on it.

>> Makeup work is not necessary if daily and homework is done.

>> Excused absences will be given two (2) days to make up missed work.

>> Obtaining missed work is the student’s responsibility.

>> Late work is credited on a graduated scale from 70% to 10% on how long it takes to be turned in.

>> All work will be kept in a folder in class until the end of each grading period.

EXTRA CREDIT may be given occasionally when a regular assignment is given, but only at that time. It must be done then. If the work is done as late or makeup, extra credit will not be given or accepted. Once per quarter the students may get an extra credit assignment. This must be signed by a parent or it may not be accepted.  Because daily and homework is so important, this is the extent of extra credit in this class.

ATTENDANCE is pretty important, so it’s a lot easier if you show up.

BASIC CLASSROOM RULES are as follows:

1) All students should be respectful of others, so that no behavior will negatively affect the learning of others.
2) All assignments should be completed to ensure a passing grade.
3) All materials should be brought to class every day.
4) Students should be on time, in their seats at the beginning of class, and strive to use their class time wisely.
MATERIALS FOR CLASS -- The following materials should be brought to class each day:

-- lined paper (college rule is suggested; spiral and torn out papers are not accepted)
-- blue or black pen or #2 graphite pencil (mechanical pencils are not recommended)
-- (at home) access to a newspaper and/or news magazine and an atlas are extremely helpful. It does not need to be a subscription -- some assignments will be given that utilize these media.

PARENT SUPPORT is essential to success in any class. Statistics show that parent concern helps promote student success. Please help your child succeed by reviewing assignment sheets, checking homework, and agreeing on a specific time and quiet place to study.

Please contact me at PMS at 396-3267 at any time to discuss your child’s progress in this class. Email is available, and a Daily Hotline is emailed every day I am present in class. Just send an email to:

and mention you would like to be on the Hotline, include your child’s name and period, and I will add you to my "Miranda's Hotline" list immediately.

Phone numbers to remember:

~ PMS - 396-3200
~ PMS Counseling Center – 396-3213
~ My Classroom – 396-3267
~ My email – mmiranda@nkschools.org

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