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American Studies 8

American Studies 8

Class Description:

In grade eight, American Studies begins in 1492 with Exploration of the New World and ends in 1877 with Reconstruction. This course incorporates the four strands of the state of Ohio social studies standards which include history, geography, government, and economics. This study follows the journey of our country from exploration, through colonization, to the making of a new nation and government, the Constitution, early Presidencies, westward expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Projects and research will reinforce the students understanding of the material.

Class Assignments

Mon. 9/2- No School: Labor Day
Tue. 9/3- SLO- American Studies Pre Test (does not count as a grade for students): HW- None
Wed. 9/4- United States Geography; HW- Finish labeling map (Due Fri.)
Thurs. 9/5- United States IPAD Geography; HW- Finish map
Fri. 9/6- Historical Perspective "Lunchroom Fight"; HW- None 
 
 
Mon. 9/9- Historical Perspectives (continue "Lunchroom Fight"); HW- None
Tue. 9/10- Historical Perspectives (Primary & Secondary Sources); HW- None
Wed. 9/11- Patriot Day- we will discuss the events of September 11, 2001; HW- study for Geography/ Sources Test
Thurs. 9/12- Geography & Sources Test, Begin Exploration; HW- None
Fri. 9/13- 8th Grade Unity Day- students will participate in activities outside during core class periods! HW- None
 
Mon. 9/16- Europeans Set Sail Chart; HW- None
Tue. 9/17- Christopher Columbus Primary Sources; HW- None
Wed. 9/18- Christopher Columbus Chart; HW- Finish Columbus Chart
Thurs. 9/19- Positives and negatives of Columbus; HW- study for quiz
Fri. 9/20- Early Exploration/ Columbus Quiz; HW- None 
 
 
 
Mon. 9/23- Periods 1,3,8- Exploration Research; HW- Beginnings of Slavery Directed Reading (Due Thursday)
Tue. 9/24- Periods 2,4,9-  Exploration Research; HW- Beginnings of Slavery Directed Reading (Due Thursday) 
Wed. 9/25- Continue Exploration Research; HW- finish Directed Reading 
Thurs. 9/26- Continue/ finish Exploration Research; HW- finish research at home if needed
Fri. 9/27- Race for Empires/ Exploration Scavenger Hunt; HW- None 
 
Mon. 9/30- Beginnings of Slavery, Exploration Info; HW- None
Tue. 10/1- Exploration Review; HW- study for quiz
Wed. 10/2- Exploration Quiz; HW- Jamestown Chart (Due. Fri.)
Thurs. 10/3- Lost Colony of Roanoke History Mystery Lab; HW- finish Jamestown Chart
Fri. 10/4- (Periods 1,3,8)- Jamestown Settlement; HW- None
 
 
Mon. 10/7- (periods 2,4,9)- Finish Roanoke Primary sources/ Jamestown Chart is due; HW- None
Tue. 10/8- "Nightmare in Jamestown" Video; HW- study for Jamestown quiz
Wed. 10/9- Jamestown Quiz; Colonies Classification; HW- None
Thurs. 10/10- Colonies Classification; HW- None
Fri. 10/11- No School  
 
 
 
 
Mon. 10/14- Continue Colonies Classification; HW- Colonies Compare/Contrast Paragraph (Due Thurs)
Tue. 10/15- The French and Indian War; HW- work on Colonies compare/contrast paragraph  
Wed. 10/16- Conflict in the Colonies; HW- finish chart if needed/ finish Colonies compare/contrast essay if needed
Thurs. 10/17- The French and Indian War; HW- None
Fri. 10/18- Conflict in the Colonies; HW- None
 
 
 
 
Mon. 10/21- America: The Story of US Video: The Road to the Revolution (students will make up/finish any needed work for the end of the 1st grading period): HW- None
Tue. 10/22- Discuss Washington D.C. itinerary and look at different sights students will see on the trip: HW- rest up for DC!
Wed. 10/23- Washington D.C.
Thurs. 10/24- Washington D.C.
Fri. 10/25- Washington D.C. 
 
Mon. 10/28- Boston massacre; HW- None
Tue. 10/29- Colonial Settlement Game; HW- Colonies Study Guide (Due Thurs.)
Wed. 10/30- Colonial Settlement Game; HW- finish Colonies Study Guide
Thurs. 10/31- Colonies Review Game; HW- study
Fri. 11/1- Colonies Test, Declaration of Independence Chart; HW- None 

Besides the study guide, here is the link to a Quizlett to help prepare for Friday's test!    https://quizlet.com/_7e1d3d 
 
 
 
Mon. 11/4- No School for students; Conferences/ Professional Development for teachers
Tue. 11/5- No School for students; Election Day- Professional Development Day for teachers
Wed. 11/6- Declaration of Independence; HW- None
Thurs. 11/7-   Declaration of Independence (HS Play in the morning); HW- None
Fri. 11/8-  Declaration of Independence; HW- None 
 
Mon. 11/11- 
Finish looking at Declaration of Independence; HW- study for quiz
Tue. 11/12- Declaration of Independence Quiz; Articles of Confederation; HW- Finish Articles of Confederation Directed Reading
Wed. 11/13- Articles of Confederation; HW- None
Thurs. 11/14- Begin "Forming a New Government" in groups; HW- None
 Fri. 11/15- Continue "Forming a New Government" in groups; HW- None
 
 
 
 
Mon. 11/18- Continue "Forming a New Government"; HW- None
Tue. 11/19- Finish "Forming a New Government"; HW- students should finish Reflection Questions and Letter by Friday if they did not in class
Wed. 11/20 -Weaknesses of The Articles of Confederation; HW- study for Articles Quiz
Thurs. 11/21- Articles of Confederation Quiz/ Creating the Constitution; HW- Finish Reflection and/or Letter if needed
Fri. 11/22- Creating the Constitution; HW- None
 
 
 
Mon. 11/25- Constitutional Convention Reenactment- students will portray a person from the convention and vote on issues.; HW- None
Tue. 11/26-  Constitutional Convention Reenactment- students will portray a person from the convention and vote on issues.; HW- None 
Wed. 11/27- Finish Convention; HW- None
Thurs. 11/28- Happy Thanksgiving! 
Fri. 11/29- No School  
 
 
 
Mon. 12/2- No School
Tue. 12/3- Federalists vs. Antifederalists; HW- finish directed reading if needed
Wed. 12/4- Understanding the Constitution: powers of the Branches; HW- None
Thurs. 12/5-  Understanding the Constitution: powers of the Branches; HW- None 
Fri. 12/6- Understanding the Constitution: Political Agenda Game; HW- none  
 
 
 
 
Mon. 12/9- Understanding the Constitution; HW- Finish Directed Reading
Tue. 12/10- The Constitution; HW- None
Wed. 12/11- The Constitution; HW- study for quiz. Use the following link to play Quizlet.  https://quizlet.com/_7n0rb7?x=1qqt&i=2fz202
Thurs. 12/12- Constitution Quiz; HW- Finish bill of Rights Chart
Fri. 12/13- Begin Bill of Rights Google Slide project in groups; Hw- None
 
 
 
 
Mon. 12/16- Bill of Rights Google Slide Project; HW- None
Tue. 12/17-  Bill of Rights Google Slide Project; HW- None 
Wed. 12/18-  Bill of Rights Google Slide Project; HW- None 
Thurs. 12/19-  Bill of Rights Google Slide Project; HW- Finish slides if needed
Fri. 12/20- 8th Grade Dodgeball Tournament!!   
 
This is the last week of the 2nd grading period and 1st semester!  
 
 
Mon. 1/13- Constitution Study Guide; HW- Finish/study
Tue. 1/14- Constitution Review Game; HW- Study
Wed. 1/15- Constitution Test; HW- None
Thurs. 1/16- "America's Book of Secrets"; HW- None
Fri. 1/17- No School for students- Records Day for Teachers
 
 
Mon. 1/20- No School: MLK Day
Tue. 1/21- Washington Leads a New nation; HW- None
Wed. 1/22- New Nation Challenges; HW- finish chart if needed
Thurs. 1/23- RSVP in social studies; HW- None
Fri. 1/24- RSVP in social studies; HW- None  
 
Mon. 1/27- Washington Web Quest; HW- None
Tue. 1/28- Washington Web Quest; HW- finish if needed
Wed. 1/29- Washington Quiz (students will be able to use their web quest to complete); HW- None
Thurs. 1/30- Most Influential Early American Research; HW- none
Fri. 1/31- Most Influential Early American Nomination Essays; HW- Essays are due by Friday, February 7th 
 
 
 
Mon. 2/3- Hamilton and Jefferson; HW- None
Tue. 2/4- Mrs. Schuck will talk to 8th graders about scheduling for high school; HW- None
Wed. 2/5- Hamilton and Jefferson; HW- None
Thurs. 2/6- New Nation Challenges; HW- study/ finish Nomination Essays
Fri. 2/7- Washington Farewell/ Hamilton & Jefferson/ New Nation Challenges Quiz; Hw- None  
 
 
Mon. 2/10- Jefferson/Hamilton Quiz (originally scheduled for last Fri.); HW- Finish Adams/Jefferson Directed Reading 
Tue. 2/11- Adams/ Jefferson; HW- None
Wed. 2/12- Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase; HW- None
Thurs. 2/13- No school for students- Professional Development Day
Fri. 2/14- No School 

9th Grade Course Selection sheets are due by Wed. 2/12. There is a high school preview tomorrow (Tuesday 2/11) from 6:30-7:30 at the high school. 
 
 
Mon. 2/17- No School; President's Day
Tue. 2/18- The Louisiana Purchase; HW- Finish Lewis & Clark Chart
Wed. 2/19- The Lewis & Clark Expedition; HW- None
Thurs. 2/20- Lewis & Clark Stations; Hw- study
Fri. 2/21- Adams/Jefferson Quiz, Most Influential American Task 2 "The Highlight Sheet"- Due Friday, 2/29  
 
 
 
Mon. 2/24- Coming of War and/or work on Most Influential Google Slides; HW- Coming of War chart due tomorrow, Google Slides due Fri. 
Tue. 2/25- Coming of War; HW- None
Wed. 2/26- War of 1812 "You Decide"; HW- none
Thurs. 2/27-  War of 1812 "You Decide"; HW- War of 1812 Chart (due Mon.), finish Google Slides if needed
Fri. 2/28- Introduce 8th Grade Career Shadow Day Project; HW- Finish War of 1812 Chart if needed  
 
 
Mon. 3/2- War of 1812; "Star Spangled Banner'; Hw- study for quiz
Tue. 3/3- War of 1812 Quiz; HW- None
Wed. 3/4- New National Identity Choice Boards; HW- None
Thurs. 3/5-  New National Identity Choice Boards; HW- None 
Fri. 3/6-  New National Identity Choice Boards; HW- Finish choice boards if needed (will be able to use for a quiz Mon.)
 

Mon. 3/9- New National Identity Choice Boards (present/discuss); HW- finish choice boards if needed to use on a quiz tomorrow!
Tue. 3/10- New National Identity Quiz (students may use their choice boards and will turn in for a grade with the quiz); HW- Jackson Chart- Due Thurs.
Wed. 3/11- Intro to Andrew Jackson; HW- Finish Jackson Chart
Thurs. 3/12- Andrew Jackson ( Hero or Villain?); HW- None
Fri. 3/13- Andrew Jackson- Indian removal Act; HW- None  
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