8th Grade U.S History Syllabus


    8th Grade American History Syllabus

    Coach Smith / vsmith@industrialisd.org

    Classroom Expectations, Rules, and Procedures 

    U.S History at a Glance:

    ·         In this course, you will study the history of our nation beginning with the eras of exploration and colonization and continuing through Reconstruction.

    ·         You will find out what life was like in the past and how things changed and developed over time.

    ·         You will learn about the people, places, and events of the past, the ideas and issues that led to independence and a new nation, and the challenges facing that nation.

    ·         You will examine how our nation’s founding documents protect individual rights:

    o   The Declaration of Independence

    o   The U.S Constitution

    o   The Bill of Rights

    ·         These documents also express our nation’s principles of government

    ·         You will also investigate how the founding documents guarantee the economic freedoms we enjoy today.



    Classroom Expectations

    1.      BE PROMPT and in your desk when the bell rings

    2.      BE PREPARED and have all materials needed for class

    3.      BE POSITIVE and keep a can do attitude

    4.      BE POLITE and respectful to classmates, teacher, school property, and yourself

    5.      BE PRODUCTIVE and pay attention, actively participate, and ask questions


    Classroom Rules

    1.       Attend to personal needs before coming to class: Do not ask to leave class unless you have a true emergency. No one will leave the first or last 10 minutes of class.

    2.      Remain in your assigned seat unless you have permission to get up.

    3.      No food, drinks, or cell phones; water with a lid is permissible

    4.      Use polite speech and body language


    Classroom Materials

    1.      1 (1.5in) 3 ring “View” binder (any color)

    2.      1 package of sheet protectors

    3.      1 spiral notebook (any color)

    Classroom Procedures

    1.      Dismissal of class: The bell does not dismiss class, I do. Students will remain in desk until released by the teacher.

    2.      Homework: Homework will be posted on the side board each day, as well as on the calendar in class.

    3.      Absences: If you are absent, please see me before or after school or class to turn in assignments, get make-up work and missed instruction. Class time will not be used for catching up those that were absent. Weekly assignments will be posted on the side board. It is your responsibility to look at the board and get the correct worksheets/notes that you missed.

    4.      Cheating will not be tolerated: Students caught cheating will receive a zero and will be written up. Both the student who shares the work and the person who copies it will suffer the same consequences. Any phone use during tests is considered cheating.

    5.      Make-up Work (daily): Only accepted for absences without penalty. A student has two days to make-up work from when he/she was absent. Work that was assigned prior to the student’s absence is due upon his/her return.

    6.      Late Work: Late work for students not absent from class will have no more than 11 points deducted for being late one day, 21 points for being late two days and 31 points for being late three days. The best a student can receive after the above action will be a fifty.

    7.      Substitutes: Substitutes should be respected at ALL times. When I am out, I will leave detailed instructions, seating charts and lesson plans. You will be required to follow all instructions.

    8.      Leaving Class: Take care of personal business between class periods.  Students will not be allowed to leave the first or last 10 minutes of class.  Do not ask to leave unless it is a true emergency.

    IJHS Grading Policy

    *        Daily Work & Quizzes – 40%

    *        Tests – 60%