Welcome to 8th Grade Social Studies!
Instructor: Mr. Cataño
Room Number: 166
Phone Number: (619) 563-6801 Ext. 2166
2011-2012 Course Syllabus
United States History: Independence to 1914
This required course examines the sequence of historical and geographic developments in the United States from the framing of the Constitution to World War I (1783-1914). Students analyze important periods of history, such as the forming of the nation, the rising conflict of the Civil War, and the industrialization of the United States. Students also research the issues, attitudes, points of view and motives that helped shape the United States.
Deverell, William and White, Deborah, United States History: Independence to 1914. Holt, Rinehart, and Wilson, 2006.
State Content Standards:
8.1 Students understand the major events preceding the founding of the nation and relate their significance to the development of American constitutional democracy.
8.2 Students analyze the political principles underlying the U.S. Constitution and compare the enumerated and implied powers of the federal government.
8.3 Students understand the foundation of the American political system and the ways in which citizens participate in it.
8.4 Students analyze the aspirations and ideals of the people of the new nation.
8.5 Students analyze U.S. foreign policy in the early Republic.
8.6 Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced, with emphasis on the Northeast.
8.7 Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the South from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced.
8.8 Students analyze the divergent paths of the American people in the West from 1800 to the mid-1800s and the challenges they faced.
8.9 Students analyze the early and steady attempts to abolish slavery and to realize the ideals of the Declaration of Independence.
8.10 Students analyze the multiple causes, key events, and complex consequences of the Civil War.
8.11 Students analyze the character and lasting consequences of Reconstruction.
8.12 Students analyze the transformation of the American economy and the changing social and political conditions in the United States in response to the Industrial Revolution.
100%-90% = A
89%-80% = B
79%-70% = C
69%-60% = D
59% or less = F
To get an A in my class students must do all their work: neat, complete and on time.
Grades Are Based Upon:
Citizenship Grading: Discipline Interventions Include the Following:
E = Excellent Student/Teacher Conferences
G = Good Time-Outs
S = Satisfactory Parent Phone Call/Contact
N = Needs Improvement Detention (1 hour after school)
U = Unsatisfactory Parent/Student/Teacher Conference,
Tardies affect citizenship grade. Parent Shadow,
Referrals, Suspensions, Contracts, ISS,
students follow the rules they may receive a verbal praise, a positive phone call, passes to the front of the lunch line, give-a-ways, field trips, etc.
Attendance and Late work:
Students are expected to be on their seats, with notebooks open and pencils sharpened before the second bell rings. Students are expected to turn in their assignments the day they are due. Absent students must submit their assignments next day return to school. If they are absent for any reason it is their responsibility to call a classmate to ask for the homework (They have ten phone numbers of students).
Parents may, at anytime, request a special progress report. This report will be received in no more than two days. The report will indicate the current academic and citizenship grade in class as well as the effort and attitude.
School supplies and requirements:
Students must bring everyday: a three-ring binder with dividers, a pencil pouch with 2 pens and 2 pencils and plenty of lined paper, but above all, an AVID attitude (e.g., L. avidus (eager to learn)
Please sign and return the bottom part
I have read the course syllabus, or had it read and explained to me.
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Student’s Name (print) Period