8th Grade Social Studies

8-7-2019 to 8-9-2019
Students will be reading and discussing Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen.
All work will be completed in class, No Homework.

8-12-19

Today we will be discussing the first permanent English colony in the new world, Jamestown.
We will be watching a video and discussing the struggles, the economic and political structure and the role of the Powhatan people.
Key terms: Tobacco, Pocahontas, John Smith, John Rolfe, starving time, House of Burgess, Joint stock company (Virginia company), King James I, James river, Indentured Servants, 

8-13-19

Today students will be writing about the founding and development of Jamestown. The assignment will be for a grade and will be completed in class. This is an assessment of TN Standard 8.01 Explain the founding and development of Jamestown as the first permanent English colony, its early struggles, the economic and political structure, and role of the Powhatan people. 

8-14-19

Today we will be covering TN Standard 8.02 Explain the founding and development of the Plymouth Colony, including the significance of: the Mayflower Compact, interactions with Squanto, and the role of religious freedomStudents will watch a short video and discuss what they know about the Pilgrims and the Plymouth Colony.

8-15-19

Today we will discuss the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Tn Standard 8.03 Explain the founding and development of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, including the significance of: 
• Anne Hutchinson
• Role of theocracy 
• Salem Witch Trials 
• Town meetings 

8-16-19

Today we will cover the Salem Witch Trials. Tn Standard 8.03

8-19-19

Students will write a short narrative about the Salem Witch Trials.
Next, we will discuss Tn Standard 8.04 Explain the motivation for and the founding of the Rhode Island and Connecticut Colonies, including the roles of Roger Williams and Thomas Hooker. 
We will talk about separation of church and stand and the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. 
I will also take this time to relate how these early colonies views on Women rights affect the suffrage movement.  T.C.A. § 49-6-1028
TEST ON WEDNESDAY OVER STANDARDS 8.01-8.05

8-20-19
Today we will be talking about the Dutch colony of New Netherlands. Tn Standard 8.05 Analyze the economic motivation for the Dutch founding New Netherlands, the diverse population of the colony, and the transition to the English colony of New York.
Test for Wednesday has been postponed until Friday. 
Parents a great way to help your children for my history class is by discussing with them what they learned each day.

8-21-19
Today we will work on Standard 8.06 Analyze the founding of Pennsylvania as a haven for Quakers and the tolerance that drew many different groups to the colony, including the significance of: 
• William Penn 
• Philadelphia 
• Relationship with American Indians 
• Role of women 

8-22-19

Today  we will be discussing the Georgia Colony. Tn Standard 8.07 Explain the reasons behind the settlement of the Georgia Colony, including: its designation as a “debtor” colony, its function as a “buffer” colony, and the role of James Oglethorpe in its founding.

8-23-19

In Class we will be creating a chart for our TEST ON MONDAY to use as a study guide. 

8-26-19

TEST

8-27-19

Today we will cover standard 8.08 Locate and identify the Thirteen Colonies, and describe how their location and geographic features influenced regional economic development.  We will complete a handout in class and label a map. The students should study this map and handout for a TEST WEDNESDAY

8-28-19
TEST over 13 Colonies(labeling, identifying economic development)

8-29-19

AIMS WEB TESTING SCHOOL WIDE

8-30-19

Students will label a map and identify the different regions in the Americas settled by the English, French, and Spaniards. Standard 8.09 Compare and contrast the locations and goals of British, French, and Spanish settlements in North America.
 
9-2-19
NO SCHOOL (LABOR DAY)
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
On June 28, 1894, Congress passed the act establishing the first Monday in September as a legal national holiday. 
Have a great day eat a burger a most importantly spend some time with family! (go for a walk, play corn hole, football, catch, play music, talk, watch a movie, ask lots of questions, take a break form games and cellphone, have fun)

9-3-19

Today was an introduction to Standard 8.10 Identify the origins and development of slavery in the colonies, overt and passive resistance to enslavement, and the Middle Passage. We will start an in class assignment to construct a comic showing overt and passive resistance to enslavement. First we will discuss the Middle Passage. 

9-4-19

Today we will complete our assignment that we started on Tuesday. Next I will give students time to make sure they have all make up work completed and that their Standards Notebook is ready to be checked. Standards Notebook is due on Thursday. Standards Notebook is a binder that the students do each day in class by copying down the standards and placing returned assignment into their binder.  Test tomorrow on Standards 8.09 and 8.10

9-5-19

TEST, Notebook check, and then Standard 8.11 Describe the significance of the First Great Awakening, including its role in unifying the colonies and the growth of religious tolerance. 

9-6-19

Today students will review items missed on their test, and participate in the AIMS web testing.

9-9-19

Today students will discuss Standard 8.12 Explain the Navigation Acts and the policy of mercantilism. We will complete a handout about MERCANTILISM and play a game in class about MERCANTILISM.

9-10-19

We are beginning the road to The American Revolution (1700-1783) Overview: Students will explore the growing tensions between Great Britain and its colonies as well as the major events and outcomes surrounding the American Revolution. 
Today we will start with  TN Standard 8.13 Explain the significance of the Ohio River Valley leading to the French and Indian War and the events and consequences of the conflict, including: the massacre at Fort Loudoun, the Treaty of Paris of 1763, war debt, and the Proclamation Line of 1763. Students will label the Proclamation Line of 1763 and write a blog, or an editorial in support or defense of the Proclamation.  

9-11-19

Today we will take time to discuss the events of 9/11/01. Then we will move to a discussion about Benjamin Franklin and his contributions to the development of the United States of America. TN Standard 8.14 Explain the political contributions of Benjamin Franklin to the U.S., including the "Join or Die" cartoon and Albany Plan of Union. We will watch a short video about Benjamin Franklin and the students will use class time today and tomorrow to make a collage of facts and drawings about Franklin. 

9-12-19

Students will use class time to complete their collage about Benjamin Franklin.  TN Standard 8.14 Explain the political contributions of Benjamin Franklin to the U.S., including the "Join or Die" cartoon and Albany Plan of Union. Due at the end of class.

9-13-19

Due to picture day and the length of the 9/11 film our class plan has been pushed to today.
Students will use class time to complete their collage about Benjamin Franklin.  TN Standard 8.14 Explain the political contributions of Benjamin Franklin to the U.S., including the "Join or Die" cartoon and Albany Plan of Union. Due at the end of class.

Have a great weekend!


9-16-19

Students will be learning about and making presentations for Standard 8.15 Analyze the social, political, and economic causes of the events and groups of the American Revolution, including: 
• The Quartering Act, 1765 
• The Boston Massacre, 1770 
• The Stamp Act, 1765 
• The Boston Tea Party, 1773 
• The Declaratory Act, 1766 
• Intolerable/Coercive Acts, 1774 
• The Townshend Acts, 1767 
• Sons of Liberty

Students will divide into groups and be responsible for teaching the class about their assigned topic.

9/17/19

Constitution Day
By law I am required to teach about our Constitution on this day. This being American History colonization thru reconstruction, The Constitution is an area I will be covering in depth not only on this day. Standard 8.23 Examine the principles and purposes of government articulated in the Preamble and principles stated in the Constitution, including: the separation of powers, federalism, and checks and balances. (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028) Today we will discuss the preamble to the Constitution, and the three branches of government created in the Constitution. Students will be able to explain the roles of each branch and memorize the preamble.  

9/18/19

Students will present their lessons over Standard 8.15 Analyze the social, political, and economic causes of the events and groups of the American Revolution.

9/19/19
Students will take a TEST over Standard 8.15 
We will then cover Standard 8.16 Explain the historical purposes and consequences of Thomas Paine's Common Sense. Students will read excerpts from Common Sense and make inferences as to how those words would have impacted the thinking of the colonist. 

9/20/19

The students will exert quotes from Thomas Pains Common Sense and make cartoon to illustrate the idea of the quote.  Standard 8.16 Explain the historical purposes and consequences of Thomas Paine's Common Sense.

9/23/19
Today we will discuss Standard 8.17 Locate and explain the significance of the battles of the American Revolution prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, including Lexington and Concord and Bunker (Breed’s) Hill. Students will in groups make a Power Point about the locations and significance of the battles.

9/24/19
Students presented their power points about Standard 8.17 Locate and explain the significance of the battles of the American Revolution prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, including Lexington and Concord and Bunker (Breed’s) Hill.

9/25/19
Today we begin a lesson on Standard 8.18 Explain the historical and present-day significance of the Declaration of Independence. (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028) We will be reading the Declaration of Independence and discussing what it means. Students will then have an assignment to answer questions about the document by searching the text.

9/26/19
Class will begin with a game to review the Declaration of Independence. Then we will move on to Standard 8.19 Compare and contrast the points of view of Loyalists and Patriots. Students will be task with creating a Venn diagram to compare the points of view of Loyalists and Patriots. TEST Friday 9/17/19

9/27/19
TEST over the Declaration of Independence Standard 8.18 Explain the historical and present-day significance of the Declaration of Independence. (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028)
Students have a study guide which is identical to the test! I will also attach it to my sub-page study guide

9/30/19
Today students will watch History the Story of Us Season 1 Episode 2 Revolution. We will discuss Standard 8.20 Locate and explain the significance of the following during the American Revolution: 
• Struggles of the Continental Army 
• Battle of Saratoga 
• Battles of Trenton and Princeton 
• Battle of Yorktown 
• Battle of Kings Mountain 
• Guerrilla warfare 

10/01/19
Today we will finish up the film on the American Revolution, We will then be using the remainder of the class period discussing the suffrage movement. Students will complete an assignment about suffrage. The assignment will be completed in class.  Standard 8.20 Locate and explain the significance of the following during the American Revolution: 
• Struggles of the Continental Army 
• Battle of Saratoga 
• Battles of Trenton and Princeton 
• Battle of Yorktown 
• Battle of Kings Mountain 
• Guerrilla warfare 
Students will be completing TN History for Kids Lesson 1 (Back Story)
Standard 8.42 Analyze the development of the women’s suffrage movement, including the Seneca Falls Convention, and the ideals of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth  (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028)

10/02/19
For the conclusion of our standards about the American Revolution (8.13-8.20) Students are writing an essay summarizing the American Revolution. Today they will be reading me their essays one on one.

10/03/19
Today we begin with a new nation, Students will explore the foundation of U.S. government, the principles of the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution, and the individuals who played influential roles in the development of the new nation. In addition, students will examine the steps taken by Tennessee to achieve statehood and the initial development of government. We will begin today with Standard 8.21 Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, and describe the Land Ordinance of 1785, the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the Northwest Territory, the Lost State of Franklin, and Shays’ Rebellion. 

10/07/19

Students will work in groups to make a power point about Standard 8.21 Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, and describe the Land Ordinance of 1785, the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the Northwest Territory, the Lost State of Franklin, and Shays’ Rebellion. 
They will share the power point with the class.

10/21/19
Students will start a new pamphlet to cover the Constitution. Standard 8.22 Describe the roles of James Madison and George Washington during the Constitutional Convention, and analyze the major issues debated, including the Great Compromise and the Three-Fifths Compromise. (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028) 

10-22-19
Students will be given the Preamble to the Constitution to memorize. Students must say it to me by Nov. 1. We will discuss the Preamble and watch a couple of videos about it. Standard 8.23 Examine the principles and purposes of government articulated in the Preamble and principles stated in the Constitution, including: the separation of powers, federalism, and checks and balances. (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028) 

10-23-19
Today we will be discussing Article I of the Constitution. We will look at the terms and requirements of Congressmen. Students will be adding material to their pamphlets. Any extra time in class will be for students to study the Preamble. Standard 8.23 Examine the principles and purposes of government articulated in the Preamble and principles stated in the Constitution, including: the separation of powers, federalism, and checks and balances. (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028)  

10-24-19
Today we will discuss Article II and Article III of the Constitution. Standard 8.23 Examine the principles and purposes of government articulated in the Preamble and principles stated in the Constitution, including: the separation of powers, federalism, and checks and balances. (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028)

10-25-19

Today students will watch a video about and discuss checks and balances of the tree branches of government.
The remainder of the class they will have time to study and say the Preamble, and work on their pamphlets.  Standard 8.23 Examine the principles and purposes of government articulated in the Preamble and principles stated in the Constitution, including: the separation of powers, federalism, and checks and balances. (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028)

10-28-19

Today we will cover Standard 8.24 Describe the conflict between Federalists and Anti-Federalists over the ratification of the Constitution, including the protection of individual rights through the Bill of Rights and concern for states’ rights. (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028) We will compare the Federalists and Anti-Federalist. We will also start to talk about the Bill of Rights

10-29-2019
Today we continue the Bill of Rights, student will copy the first ten amendments and we will discuss what each of them have to do with us as citizens of the United States. Standard 8.24 Describe the conflict between Federalists and Anti-Federalists over the ratification of the Constitution, including the protection of individual rights through the Bill of Rights and concern for states’ rights. (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028)

11-4-2019
Today we will be studying  suffrage students will complete a handout for a grade. Then we will discuss Standard 8.25 Analyze the major events of the administration of President George Washington, including: the precedents he set, Whiskey Rebellion, and ideas presented in his farewell address. 

11-5-2019
Today we will be making a chart to compare Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. Standard 8.26 Explain how conflicts between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton resulted in the emergence of two political parties by analyzing their views on foreign policy, economic policy, a national bank, and strict versus loose interpretation of the Constitution. 
11-6-2019
Standard 8.27 Explain the controversies that plagued the administration of President John Adams, including: the conflicts with Great Britain and France, the XYZ Affair, and the Alien and Sedition Acts. Students will investigate each of these areas of the standard.

11-20-2019

Today we will be studying Standard 8.31 Explain the causes, course, and consequences of the War of 1812, including: 
• Use of impressment and trade restrictions between the U.S. and Great Britain 
• Roles of Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison 
• Significance of the Treaty of Ghent 
• Rise in nationalism in the U.S.
 This standard will take a few days and students will be making a booklet about the War of 1812.

12-2-19
Today we will review the War of 1812 and prepare for a test tomorrow.
 Standard 8.31 Explain the causes, course, and consequences of the War of 1812, including: 
• Use of impressment and trade restrictions between the U.S. and Great Britain 
• Roles of Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison 
• Significance of the Treaty of Ghent 
• Rise in nationalism in the U.S.
12-3-19
 Test over the War of 1812.
After test we will discuss Standard 8.32 Identify and locate the changing boundaries of the U.S. as a result of the Convention of 1818 and the Adams-Onis Treaty. 
Students will complete a map showing the changing boundaries of the U.S. as a result of the Convention of 1818 and the Adam-Onis Treaty.
12-4-19
Today is class we will be discovering the purpose and effects of the Monroe Doctrine. Standard 8.33 Analyze the purpose and effects of the Monroe Doctrine. 
We will also complete a hand out about suffrage.
Students will be completing TN History for Kids Lesson 3 (Back Story)
Standard 8.42 Analyze the development of the women’s suffrage movement, including the Seneca Falls Convention, and the ideals of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth  (T.C.A. § 49-6-1028)

1-9-20
Today we will be covering Standard 8.42 Analyze the development of the women’s suffrage movement, including the Seneca Falls Convention, and the ideals of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth. Students will complete a handout  the TN History for kids Lesson 3. We will discuss each person in the standard and watch a video about Women suffrage. 

1-13-20
Today we will be dividing into groups and researching leading abolitionists. Standard 8.43 Analyze the significance of leading abolitionists, including William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Elihu Embree, and Harriet Tubman, and the methods they used to spread the movement. Students will identify methods used by each to spread the abolition movement. 
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