Social Studies 8
Eighth Grade American History
Students will begin by exploring Native Americans before the arrival of western explorers. We will explore the process of colonization before turning to learn about the American Revolution. A special focus of eighth grade social studies will be understanding the foundations of our government, especially the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and our two party system. Later topics include Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal, the Seneca Falls Convention, technological development, Westward Expansion, Antebellum America, the Mexican War, the Civil War, Reconstruction, immigration, imperialism, WWI, The Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, conflict and war in the Middle East, and the New Economy. Global issues will be connected to all our units.
8a Tuesday - Friday 1st period
50% -Assessment – assessments are both formative and summative and measure students’ mastery of standards. At KCS, assessments include tests and quizzes as well as projects and
25% -Homework and Classwork – all homework must be completed. Anytime a student has not completed an assignment they will be required to complete an, “Incomplete or Missing Assignment Form.” In this form, students will explain why the assignment is not done and set a new completion date. Teachers may reduce grades on late homework. However, a grade of zero will never be given on a homework assignment that demonstrates
25% -Twenty First Century Skills – the KCS 21st century skills are outlined in the handbook. In keeping with our mission statement, we instruct and assess students on the skills needed for a successful life in the 21st century. The gradebook will show which 21st century skill is being evaluated.
Theresa Sherman earned her secondary teaching certificate from the University of Michigan and her elementary certificate from Michigan State. She is Highly Qualified in both English and Social Studies. Theresa completed a two year training in Waldorf Education and attended summer intensive training in NY, CA, and Washington state. In addition, Theresa has a MBA from Lawrence Technological University. Theresa has taught all grades, kindergarten through twelfth grade, in both private and public schools. Teri has traveled extensively through Europe, Africa, Mexico, and East Asia. Teri has twins, a daughter on Maui and a son in California, as well as three grandchildren.