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Mrs. Hagewood’s Social Studies Class


Hello! Welcome to 8th grade Social Studies class!  We have a great year ahead of us with a lot to learn!  This year, we will be focusing on the geography of the United States, major events that took place in the United States, and how decisions the U.S. made affected the rest of the world.  Our journey begins with the Wild West.  During this unit we will discuss the Transcontinental Railroad and the United States’ ability to connect the eastern and western states.  We will then move on to learning about industrialization and urbanization.  We will look closer at how cities begin to grow in both size and population, how new inventions helped to advance technology, the effects of big business, and the increasing number of immigrants entering the United States who were seeking “the American dream.”  The Progressive Era unit follows.  We will delve into the presidencies of three important presidents (Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson) who helped change the government as well as big business.  With the United States’ inability to expand any further within America itself, we move onto learn about expansion overseas and the idea of imperialism—trade and land were the goal.  Our next unit focuses on U.S. entry into World War I.  We will discuss things such as trench warfare, new technology used in the war and how this all eventually led to WWII.  Finally, we end the year with the Roaring Twenties.  This was an exciting time in the United States—the U.S. was recovering from the war, women gained the right to vote, and popularity of Jazz music was on the rise!  This unit ends just as the United States’ economy was starting to dip.  At the high school, you will continue on with the stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression.


In order for us to have a fun and successful year, we must also establish some classroom rules that will help our class run more efficiently and smoothly.  These guidelines will help ensure that everyone is able to learn! 


Classroom Guidelines and Expectations:


·         Arrive to class on time each day, prepared to learn and actively participate.  This means you should ALWAYS bring a pen/pencil, paper, textbook and planner.

·         Respect classmates, the teacher and yourself.

·         Follow a policy of honesty and integrity.

·         Do not be disruptive during class or prevent yourself or your classmates from learning.

·         Always try your hardest! Failure is not an option- You can always succeed! 




All grading will be based upon quality and completeness.  All homework will be worth three points (unless otherwise noted by the teacher).  You will earn a 3/3 if it is of high quality and handed in on time.  You will earn a 2/3 if the homework is less than 100% complete but is more than 50% complete.  You will earn a 1/3 if the homework is less than 50% complete.  A zero will be given if the homework is incomplete or has not been turned in. 


Any student who receives a zero on homework will be allowed to make up the assignment for half credit up to 1 day after its due date.  Any late work turned in after the 1 day will not be accepted for credit.  However, it is encouraged that the homework still be submitted for feedback by the teacher!


All other assignments, tests, quizzes, or projects will be graded for point value (these will be pre-determined).  Therefore, grades are not weighted. 


Other assignments (projects, classwork, etc.) will be accepted for partial credit up to 3 days after the due date; 1 day late:10% grade reduction, 2 days late: 20% deduction, and 3 days late: 30% reduction.   


Social Studies Writing:


You will have social studies writing 3 times a week in 5 week long cycles.  You will cycle through social studies writing two times this year, unless otherwise noted on your schedule.  Any graded assignment you receive will be entered into your social studies class grade (this is NOT a separate grade).  The late work policy also applies to writing class.   


Communication, Updates, Contact Information and REMIND:

Teacher Website: My website will be updated daily with homework and important information about tests, quizzes, and projects.  There will also be important Homeroom information available for those students in homeroom 23, as well as additional links to study tips, worksheets, and study tools—check regularly for updates!  You can access my website through Eliot Resources or by visiting this link: https://sites.google.com/a/clintonpublic.net/mnero/

REMIND: In addition to my website, Team 8.2 will be using REMIND to push out important reminders via cell phone.  Our team will use REMIND to send out reminders about upcoming project due dates, assessments and other important team information.  This does not replace the student planners.  Students will still be required to record nightly homework in their planner, as well as other important dates discussed in class.  Both parents and students can sign up.  Directions on how to sign up are located on the following page. 

Please NOTE: This is strictly a way for us to remind you of important due dates, not a way to communicate directly with the teachers.  You will not be able to send us messages through the REMIND feature.  If you would like to contact us, please do so via email or by contacting the school directly. 

Contact Information:

Melissa Hagewood

Email: mhagewood@clintonpublicschools.net

Phone: (860)-664-6503 ext. 1323

This year is going to be jam packed with fun, exciting material!  Be prepared to learn!  I wish each one of you nothing but success this year.  Do your best, try your hardest and remember—nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it!  Good luck this year!  I look forward to teaching you! J 



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