• Welcome to 8th grade Social Studies.

     

    GOAL:  To aid and direct students in becoming better-informed citizens regarding our state’s history.

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTON:  The focus for social studies in grade eight is the history of South Carolina and the role that the state and its people have played in the development of the United States as a nation.  Students learn about the state’s development during colonial times and the growth of the American idea, which led to the break from England, the rising controversy about slavery and the Civil War.  Additionally, students will study the rebuilding of South Carolina after the Civil War and the continuing struggle for civil rights and justice waged by the people of South Carolina.  The study of these topics, allows students to see the progress that our state has made and to appreciate the contributions that its people have made to the nation as a whole. 

     

    TEXTS: 

    * The South Carolina Journey (textbook)

    * South Carolina: Great stories that embrace the History of the Palmetto State (supplemental)

     

    WEB SITES:

    * School Wire Website

    * Parent Portal (password obtained from front office)

    * Remind101 (https://www.remind.com)

    * studystacks.com (vocabulary practice for each chapter)

    * Google Classroom

                           

    REQUIRED MATERIALS:                                      GRADING:

    * Notebook: (three-ring binder)                                                 Homework:      10%

    * Loose-leaf paper                                                                    Quizzes:           20%

    * Four tab-style dividers                                                            Class work:      30%

    * Pencils and pens (black, blue, and red ink only)                       Tests/projects:  40%

    * Colored pencils

    * Sticky Notes (3”x 3” or larger)

     

    ASSESSMENTS: 

    * Class notes and daily class activities will be checked and/or graded for completion and/or accuracy.

    * Homework will be assigned randomly per nine weeks.  These assignments will be checked and/or graded for completion and/or accuracy.

    * A quiz will be given after each ten Etc. questions (daily warm-up activity).

    * Quizzes will be given after selected sections or on vocabulary in a chapter.

    * A test will be given after each chapter or unit.

    * A project, relating to the chapter or unit, may be assigned every nine weeks (a rubric for scoring will accompany the assignment).

    * Late projects will lose 5 pts (per day).

    * All written assignments will adhere to the written criteria found in the Westview Student/Parent Handbook