8th grade

  •    Ms. Banke’s 8th Grade American History Class


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    Dear Students,

                      Welcome to seventh grade Social Studies! As your teacher, I am looking forward to an exciting and challenging year with all of you. To ensure that each student achieves his or her potential, I believe that cooperation and teamwork between the teacher, student, and parent/caregiver is essential.


    Topics we will cover this year

    Unit 1: Reconstruction

    Unit 2: A changing society and Progressive Era

    Unit 3: The United States as An Expansionist Nation

    Unit 4: WWI and the United States Between Wars

    Unit 5: United States Assumes Worldwide Responsibilities

    Unit 6: WWII to the Present


    Classroom Procedures:

    1. When you enter the classroom immediately take your seat and complete the Do Now. This is will be projected on the Smartboard and will have a question to answer or a task to complete.
    2. Copy down your homework into your planner.
    3. Wait for instructions for the lesson to begin.


    Classroom Community:

    In order for us to have a productive learning environment, where we can use different learning methods, the classroom community must be established.

    • Be respectful of the teacher and your classmates.
    • Be prepared- bring all materials and homework to class and be ready to participate and learn.
    • Be on time.
    • Be honest.



    1. Verbal warning
    2. Teacher- student conference
    3. Seat change
    4. After school detention and phone call home
    5. Parent conference


    Materials Needed:

      • 1 folder
      • Pencils & pencil sharpener
      • One Dry Erase marker ( any color)
      • Colored pencils or markers

    (These supplies must be brought to Social Studies class EVERY DAY!)






    Grading Criteria

    Your marking period grades will be calculated as follows:


    Classwork: 20%

    -               Follow all classroom procedures (refer to front side of the page).

    -               Complete the do now, daily tasks, and assigned activities.

    -               Work cooperatively and actively when engaged in group work.


    Homework- 20%

    -               All assignments must be done and complete in order to receive full credit.

    -               Half credit will be received for late assignments. You have one day MAXIMUM to hand in a late assignment.

    -               If you are absent you have one day following the day you return to school to complete the assignment.


    Class Participation: 10 %

    -               Be on time and prepared with all required materials.

    -               Actively participate in class activities and discussions.

    -               Ask questions.


    Quizzes- 15 %

                -    Quizzes will be given throughout a unit.

                -    They are typically 10- 20 questions long.

                -    There will be a chance for open notebook quizzes   (remember stay organized. J )


    Tests- 15%

    -               At the end of each unit you will be given a unit test (longer then a quiz.)

    -               Essays will be included on unit tests.


    Projects: 20%

    -               You may be given 2 or 3 projects per marking period.

    -               Grading criteria for each project will be given with each individual assignment.




    Please sign and date this letter and keep it in your binder for the remainder of the year.




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