Monday, October 1: Students wrote a small explanation of their experience in the trial. They then completed 30-31 using explorer trading cards. If absent, see Ms. Nay for the information. Lastly, they created their own explorer trading card.
In Class: Trial Response, W. 30-31 Notes, Trading Card
Homework: Community Experience
Wednesday, October 3: Students completed the notes on W. 24-28, Spain Builds an Empire (PowerPoint on Documents page if absent). We then continued our explorer simulation.
Due: Community Experience, Workbook
In Class: W. 24-28, Sim Journal
Friday, October 5: Students took notes about the Columbian Exchange on W. 29 (PowerPoint on Documents page if absent). We then continued our explorer simulation.
In Class: W. 29, Sim Journal
Tuesday, September 25: Today was our Columbus trial. Students participated as lawyers, witnesses, judges, and jury members. If absent, please type one page (11-12 point font, double spaced) explaining why Columbus was a good or bad guy (or in the middle) and why. Be sure to use evidence to support your claim!
Due: Current Event #3
In Class: Trial Participation (opinion paper if absent)
Thursday, September 27: Students played Pit to better understand the theory of mercantilism. We then began the Spain Builds an Empire PowerPoint, taking notes on W. 24-28 (may be completed next class).
In Class: Trial Response, W. 24-28 Notes
Monday, September 17: Today we took notes on the "3 G's of Exploration" on W. 17. If absent, see Ms. Nay or a peer for the notes. Ms. Nay then told the story of Christopher Columbus. If absent, it's recommended that you do a little research on Christopher Columbus' journey. Lastly, roles were assigned for the Columbus Trial, which will take place next week. Students are to read through the information for their assigned role. If absent, you will receive your role when you return.
In Class: W. 17
Homework: Trial Prep
Wednesday, September 19: We learned about mercantilism today. As a class we read W. 18. Students wrote a DBQ paragraph based on the quote on this page. The question is:
"According to Columbus, what was Hispaniola like?"
Next, students played PIT, with the rules gradually changed to better understand the concept of mercantilism.
In Class: Mercantilism DBQ
Homework: Trial Prep
Friday, September 21: Students participated in the first episode of the explorer simulation. After, students completed W. 19 about the events of the day. If absent, discuss with a teammate what happened, and summarize it on your page. Students then prepared for the trial. Lawyers met with witnesses to discuss strategies. The trial will take place next class.
In Class: W. 19
Homework: Current Event #3, Trial Prep
Tuesday, September 11: Today we had a brief discussion on 9/11 and students were able to ask questions they might have about the events of that day. We then reviewed for the midterm test next class. If time, we finished the Pre-Columbian Europe PowerPoint and notes on W. 14.
Due: Current Event #2
In Class: Review, W. 14
Homework: Study for midterm test
Thursday, September 13: Today students took their midterm test. If absent, please come to a lab ASAP to make this up. We then discussed the three main reasons for European exploration, taking notes on W. 17. If absent, see a peer or Ms. Nay for the notes.
In Class: Midterm Test, W. 17 Notes
Wednesday, September 5: Students completed W. 10-11 by viewing each group's posters. If absent, check out a textbook from Ms. Nay to complete W. 10-11. We then discussed how to write a DBQ Paragraph. We looked at W. 9, analyzing the image as a class. We then went over the DBQ Paragraph Rubric on Ref D, discussing the expectation. To end, students labeled the physical features map on Ref B, using the list found on the Documents page. The features must also be colored.
In Class: W. 10-11, Aztec DBQ Paragraph, Physical map on Ref B
Homework: Finish physical map (list found on documents page)
Friday, September 7: First, students wrote their own DBQ paragraph answering the following question and using the document on W. 9: "Based on the picture, how do we know the Aztec were an advanced civilization?" Students then took notes on W. 14 about Pre-Columbian Europe (PowerPoint on Documents page if absent). Next, each "team" chose a country and captain for our sea voyage simulation. If time, students caught up on the physical map and Aztec DBQ Paragraph.
Due: Physical Map (Ref B)
In Class: W. 14 (Aztec DBQ Paragraph due today if not turned in last class)
Homework: Current Event #2
Monday, August 27: Today we reviewed the notes on W. 3-6 on the ancient American civilizations. If absent, please review these notes or see the PowerPoints on the Documents page if you missed any of the notes. With any remaining time, students finished labeling and started coloring their physical features map on Ref B.
In Class: W. 3-6 complete, Map on Ref B
Wednesday, August 28: Today we discussed primary and secondary sources, practicing differentiating between the two. We also completed W. 7-9, learning what we can from images. Lastly, students were assigned a native North American region or tribe to research (W. 10-11). They used the textbook and internet to complete their row of information. If absent, see Ms. Nay to know which tribe to research.
In Class: W. 7-9, Start W. 10-11
Homework: Research complete, Workbook ready to turn in
Friday, August 31: Students met with others who researched the same tribe/region and created a simple poster to teach about it. They then finished labeling the physical features map on Ref B of the workbook (list of physical features to label on documents page).
In Class: Tribe Poster, Ref B Labeled
Homework: Tribe Poster complete and ready for presentation
Tuesday, August 21: First we completed the Migration Chart on W. 2. If absent, the PowerPoint can be found on the US History Documents Page. Next, we learned about Latitude and Longitude, completing W. 12. If time, students began labeling the physical features map on Ref B in the workbook.
Due: Current Event #1
In Class: W. 2, W. 12
Thursday, August 23: Students went on a scavenger hunt, practicing latitude and longitude, to complete W. 3-6. We started going over those pages in class, but will go over most of them next class.
In Class: W. 3-6
Tuesday, August 14: Welcome to 8th grade US History! Today we got to know each other with an icebreaker activity. We then went over some of the rules and procedures for this class. Students received the disclosure statement if this was not picked up at Back to School Night. The signed disclosure page is due Friday.
In Class: Rules & Procedures
Homework: Disclosure signed (due Friday)
Wednesday, August 15: Today we learned how to complete the current event assignment. Students read an article and we discussed how to use it on the current events assignment. Students also practiced matching news headlines to topics we will study this year. Next, we finished discussing rules and procedures. Students received their workbooks and started working on the very first page (Ref A). If absent, see Ms. Nay to pick up your workbook.
In Class: Rules, Procedures, and Expectations Guide (Ref A in workbook)
Homework: Disclosure signed
Friday, August 17: First, we went over Ref A to make sure students understand the rules and procedures. Then, students completed an informal pretest activity. Next, students discussed how people could have gotten to the Americas. They analyzed evidence to come up with their own conclusions. We then learned about the evidence and what the evidence tells us. Students completed W. 2 as we went. The PowerPoint for the chart on W. 2 is available on the documents page. We only started today, so we will finish this chart next class.
Due: Disclosure Signed
In Class: Ref A, W. 2
Homework: Current Event #1
Thursday, May 31: We watched The Children's March today and discussed it. We also discussed what modern day concerns people debate and fight for. We also practiced some of the states and capitals.
Monday, May 21: Today was a review day for the final.
Due: Community Experience
In Class: Review
Wednesday, May 23: Today was the final exam. If absent, email Ms. Nay ASAP to find a day you can take it.
In Class: Final Exam
Homework: Late work/extra credit
Friday, May 25: Students studied the states and capitals today.
Due: Late work/extra credit
In Class: States and Capitals participation