American History to 1877
Mr. C.H. Barnett
8th Grade U.S. History
Welcome to 8th grade U.S. History! This course covers the major eras and events in U.S. history through 1877, including colonization, revolution, drafting of the Declaration of Independence, creation and ratification of the Constitution, religious revivals such as the Second Great Awakening, early republic, the Age of Jackson, westward expansion, reform movements, sectionalism, Civil War, and Reconstruction.
U.S. History Year at a Glance
U.S. History Unit Test Schedule
As each unit is taught, students will be given a Content-based Assessment to check for mastery of the objectives taught during the Unit.
A study guide will be issued for each Unit to be used to focus on the material for the upcoming CBA test.
Mr. Barnett will be available for tutoring on Tuesdays-Thursdays afterschool from 4:00 to 5:00. (Subject to change)
Grading Procedures: Per EISD standards, grades for 8th grade classes will be weighted as follows:
50% of the total grade will be made up of summative grades (includes tests, quizzes, projects, presentations, final copies)
50% of the total grade will be made up of formative grades (includes homework, daily work, interactive notebook assignments)
Student work will be graded on the following scale:
A: 90 – 100
B: 80 - 89
C: 75 - 79
D: 70 - 74
F: 0 - 69
Edgewood ISD has stated: Homework has a definite place in the instructional program and is part of the District’s aims or philosophy of education. At every grade level and in every subject area, homework must be purposeful, reasonable, and understandable to the individual student. Homework must be properly administered and free from unreasonably long assignments. All daily homework assignments will be graded and recorded the following day after they are given. Homework should provide opportunities for the practice of needed skills, and should not, under any circumstances, be assigned as punishment.
Research has shown that a great number of our students fail or earn low grades in courses because of failure to complete and turn in homework, projects, other assignments, and absenteeism. These four areas have a direct correlation in these students earning low grades in weekly and semester exams.
Parents, teachers, and students should be very aware that homework is mandated by Board Policy and is an important and significant part in student achievement.
Homework gives the individual student the opportunity to apply independent study skills and to develop self-discipline as well as providing reinforcing role in the learning process.
Homework can be defined by two broad categories: (1) short term related to classroom activities such as daily homework assignments, to be reviewed the next day by the teacher or class, and (2) long-term which are extended assignments such as projects and term/research papers.
Homework assignments will not be done during any class time.
Reasons for Homework:
· to teach students self-discipline and individual accountability
· to make students aware of their responsibility in the learning process
· to rely on their learning ability independent from the teacher
· to encourage parents to get involved in the learning process
· to reinforce the regular class work
· to increase learning time
· to instill in the student that learning is a continuous life long endeavor
· to reinforce study habits
EISD policy states: For any class missed, the teacher may assign the student makeup work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements.
A student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the makeup work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher. A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by the teacher will receive a grade of zero for the assignment.
A student will be permitted to make up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed because of absence. Teachers may assign a late penalty to any long-term project in accordance with time lines approved by the principal and previously communicated to students.
If a student has been absent, it is their responsibility to obtain the assignments they missed during their absence. In Mr. Barnett’s room there is a wall of shelves. On these shelves each class period will have a “make up work” bin. Inside of this bin will be the assignments students missed with their name and the date the assignment was given. Students will be allowed 2 days for each day they were absent to complete the missing work with no late penalty. For example if a student was absent on Monday the missing work would be due on Thursday.
Late assignments will be accepted however a penalty will be given for late assignments. For everyday that an assignment is turned in past its original due date, it will have 10 points deducted from the final grade. After 10 days the late assignment will not be accepted and will be given a grade of zero. For example if an assignment was due on Monday, but the student did not turn in the assignment until Thursday, the highest grade the student could obtain on the assignment would be a 70.