The 8th grade syllabus in Social Studies is United States History and its impact on North Carolina. During the course of this school year, we will trace chronologically the period from Colonial times to the period of Contemporary times. We shall cover this span of history by examining major ideas in American and North Carolinian cultural, economic, and political life.
It is my hope that together we may explore many important trends that developed in the shaping of American/North Carolinian society. Also considering some of the problems that face Americans today.
Your class will have the opportunity to evaluate various units of study. Each
section may use different methods in studying materials in out of class. During the course of the school year, you will have the opportunity to work on your own and with other students in large and small groups. Success in this class will depend solely on your attitude (your desire to do well) and effort (the time you devote to your work).
You will need the following materials for class each day:
pens/pencils, paper, composition notebook, highlighter, glue stick and colored pencils.
Since grades are a important part of your schooling, you may use the following as a guide:
Tests and Projects: Approximately 40% of your grade
Group Work and Participation: Approximately 30% of your grade
Homework: Approximately 20% of your grade
Quizzes: Approximately 10% of your grade
Homework Assignments and Projects:
Homework assignments and projects are assigned for the purpose of expanding
your understanding of concepts discussed in class. Failure to complete readings,
assignments, and activities by the required date will adversely affect your academic
average in Social Studies.
The opportunity for retesting on any test or quiz to improve your grade is always
available. Students must demonstrate that they have studied and are prepared for retests.