• Mr Murphy’s 8th grade U.S. History

    Harby Junior High School

    Course Syllabus

     

    Welcome to 8th grade U.S. History! This course will be challenging, exciting, fast-paced and above all else, thought provoking. I have high expectations of excellence from each of you and I know you will exceed them! I feel that history is definitely NOT a boring collection of names, dates and places, but is the ultimate story of US – of who we are and where we are going. It is the story of what humans are capable of accomplishing and demolishing. It is the stuff of legend. It is OUR STORY!

    We will employ a wide variety of educational methods and technology, including, but in no way limited to, primary source analysis, project based learning, oral communication, analytic/creative thinking and even some preparation for the STAAR test.

    Supplies needed for this class

    5 subject spiral notebook – any color

    Pen, pencil

    Highlighter

    A ready mind and positive attitude!

    Classroom Expectations for Students:

    Respect others and yourself - be on time, no talking when teacher or classmate is speaking. Speak to one another in kind, encouraging words.  Remember, please and thank you still go a long way!

    Demand greatness from yourself and others – come to class prepared to work and be a productive member of our educational community. Do your best on every assignment and task. Complete all assignments on time.

     

    Technology – Every student is expected to sign in to Google Classroom and check it regularly.  All notes, assignments, classroom communication will occur through Google Classroom.  Google Classroom is available on all devices and may be accessed from anywhere:  home, school, etc.  Access to the internet and technology at home is an integral part of this class.  If there are issues that prevent the use of technology at home, please contact me to make other arrangements.

    Absences – Please check Google Classroom for what you have missed – all class notes, assignments will be posted there.  You may also see Mr. Murphy immediately upon your return, BEFORE or AFTER CLASS/SCHOOL to check for missing assignments.  NOT DURING CLASS TIME.

    Classroom Expectation of Mr. Murphy:

    Respect for students – I will address you with respectful and encouraging words, while still expecting your best every day

    Expect greatness – I will respect your need to have a meaningful and engaging learning environment. I will provide feedback via grades in a timely manner. 

     

    Grading Policy:

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    Major grades 50% - Unit exams and projects (group and individual).  Expect 1-4 per unit of study

    Daily grades (including homework):  50% - Classwork, quizzes, ISN grades, in class essays, quick writes, classroom discussions and activities, etc.

    Missed or makeup work due to absence - Please check Edmodo for what you have missed – all class notes, assignments will be posted there.  You may also see Mr. Murphy immediately upon your return, BEFORE or AFTER CLASS/SCHOOL to check for missing assignments.  NOT DURING CLASS TIME.

    All work is expected to be turned in ON TIME on the date specified by teacher. 

    In class work will NOT be accepted late.  If it is not turned in during the class period, it is considered late, and will be subject to appropriate penalty, unless otherwise designated to be completed at home and returned to Mr. Murphy.

    Late Work

    No extension will be given for an assignment that has a multi-day window

    There will be a 10 point deduction for assignments turned in without a name

    Retest Policy:

    Student will attend the scheduled retake day to retest or complete the retake assignment – may be in the form of new test, essay, project – TEACHER creates retest method

    Student will be given score no higher than a 70

     

     

    Remind 101: Please see attached instructions

    Extra Credit:

    All extra credit will be offered at the discretion of the teacher periodically throughout the year

     

     

    8th Grade American History

    Scope and Sequence

     

     

     

     

    1st Nine Weeks

    Introduction Week

    Unit 1                   The Early America/European Exploration

    Unit 2                   European Colonization of North America

    Unit 3                   The Road to Revolution

    Unit 4                   American Revolution

     

    2nd Nine Weeks

    CBA

     

    Unit 4                   American Revolution

    Unit 5                   Articles of Confederation, Constitution, Citizenship

    Unit 6                   Early Republic

     

    Finals/CBA

     

    3rd Nine Weeks

    Unit 6                   Early Republic

    Unit 7                   Age of Jackson/Westward Expansion

    Unit 8                   Industrialization

    Unit 9                   Society and Culture Before the Civil War

     

    4th Nine Weeks

     

    Unit 9                   Society and Culture Before the Civil War

    Unit 10                 Sectionalism and the Civil War

    Unit 11                 The Civil War

    Unit 12                 Reconstruction

     

    STAAR Test

     

    Final Project