WELCOME BUCCANEERS!

IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE PRESENT AND PLAN FOR THE FUTURE, WE NEED TO KNOW OUR HISTORY
 
 Bienvenidos!  Welcome to U.S. History, eighth graders!  This class is going to focus on the development of our country, starting with the influence of the Enlightenment Age on the Declaration of Independence in the l700's, and continue all the way up to 1914.  That's a lot of history!  So, in order for you to learn so much information and pass this course, you will need to have some effective strategies that will help make learning easier for you.  Here are some tips that can really help:
 
1.  Pay close attention when I'm lecturing.  I'm probably giving you some information that will be on the quiz.
2.  Take good notes. While you're copying them, read them to yourself over and over again.  When you get home, review them again.
3.  Try to identify the main ideas from the chapter in the textbook.  Skim over the text and read the title, subtitle, the highlighted words, and the sentences before and after those words.  Ask yourself, "How can I summarize what I just read? and "What is the main idea of this paragraph?" Don't forget to annotate when reading an article.
4.  Do your homework.  I assign you homework that is going to reinforce what you've learned in the classroom.  Doing your homework will help you remember the information we discuss in class.
 
I am really looking forward to this year and teaching eighth grade.  Yes, I know it's very different than high school.  But, I also know which tools you need in order to prepare yourself for high school and be successful!  I plan to make sure you have those tools and also the knowledge that will assist you in your future Social Science classes.   
 
 You have an amazing school and I am proud to be part of the "Buccaneer Family"!  Let's have a fantastic, fun, and exciting year!  Remember my three R's:  RESPECT YOURSELF, RESPECT OTHERS, AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL YOUR ACTIONS!  If you do this, our classroom will rock!
 
Knowledge Opens Doors.....Education is the Key!
 
Peace,
Ms. Z