• 8th Grade Social Studies Syllabus                    

    American History: 1600-1877

    Mr. O’Leary, Room C 153  

    Email: joleary@frsd.k12.nj.us

    Phone Number: (908)284-5100 ext.4139

     

    The topics we will be exploring this year are…

     

    First Trimester

    Second Trimester

    Third Trimester

    American Beginnings

    Forming a New Nation

    Holocaust/Genocide

    Settlement and Colonization

    Concepts of Democracy and Civics

    The Civil War

    The American Revolution

    U.S. Growth and Migration

    Reconstruction

     

    AS MEMBERS OF THIS LEARNING COMMUNITY I AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING RULES:

     

     

    1. RESPECT OTHERS OPINIONS.
      • There will be a tremendous amount of group discussion and small group work; without respect these (and other activities) would be impossible. Every person in the classroom is entitled to have his/her opinion(s) heard in a safe environment, free from ridicule. You may not agree with someone’s opinion, but please respect his/her right to be heard!

     

    1. PROPER COMMUNICATION.
      • Raise your hand when you have a comment or a question.
      • Give your undivided attention to whoever is speaking.
      • One person speaks at a time.
      • Acknowledge and build off other people’s comments. 

     

    1. CLASS MATERIALS. 
      • Students are expected to keep all handouts, test, projects, etc, unless otherwise specified.
      • Keep class materials in an organized fashion so they are accessible for review.
      • Make sure to review the class binder procedure

     

     

    1. COME TO CLASS ON TIME AND PREPARED.
      • Remember all your class materials:  notebook or paper, handouts, textbook, pen or pencil, positive attitude and your working brain!
      • When the bell rings you are expected to be in your seat with your materials out and ready to work.

     

     

    1. BE RESPONSIBLE WITH WORK.
      • Unless otherwise directed, bring in a printed copy of your work.  Please don’t email or bring in a disk.  Use the library printers if needed.
      • Late homework is not accepted if we go over the assignment in class; for assignments collected and graded, you may receive half-credit. 
      • Major assignments follow school policy for late work - you will lose one letter grade for each A-Day/B-day that the assignment is late.
      • If you are absent on a due date or test date, you must hand in the work or take the test on the day of your return.  
      • It is the students responsibility to ask for all work that was missed when absent.

     

     

    1. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY.
      • Unless noted in writing on the directions, all work must be completed alone.
      • Cite your sources-don’t copy info from your readings, text or the web
      • Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students are responsible for completing their own work. Any violation will follow the school’s plagiarism policy

     

    Grading Policy

     

     

    ·         GRADING SYSTEM:  Points are the currency of the class.  Assignments will be given a point value.

     

    ·         FINAL GRADE CALCULATION:  I calculate final grades by adding up the points you earned and dividing by the total number of points that you could have earned.  Please keep track of your grade by calculating it yourself. 

     

    ·         RUBRICS:  When you are completing Writing assignments and class projects, you will be given a rubric outlining the necessary steps for completion. When you receive a rubric or assignment sheet, make sure to review and meet all the requirements mentioned. 

     

    ·         TYPES OF ASSIGNMENTS:  The goal of grades is to see how well you are meeting the learning goals of our class.  If you work hard and seek help when you need it, you will do well!

     

    1.      Homework

    2.      Classwork

    3.      Quizzes and Tests

    4.      Assessments and Projects