8th Social Studies Syllabus (Cooper)

Social Studies 8th Grade, 2017-2018

Penny Cooper


Holt; “United States History, Beginnings to 1877”, Copyright 2008 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston


Course Content

Social Studies for 8th grade focuses on the study of the history of the United States and its impact on our modern world. Eighth grade will study the beginning of the new nation through 1877.  Students will study the geographical, social, economic, and political foundations for the beginning of the United States through the Civil War.  They will analyze the changes through the American Revolution until the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will study the impact of both major wars on society and the world.  The study of this developing nation will include the impact of geography, early history, cultural development and resources, and migration patterns.  The eighth grade will conclude with Reconstruction.  This course will be the second concentrated study of US History and geography and will utilize appropriate informational texts and sources.

A more detailed list of these topics broken down can be found at: https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/std_ss_gr_8.pdf

Each of the State Academic Standards is broken down by the Maury County Pacing Guide for 7th Grade Social Studies. Also listed in Pacing Guides are research topics for the 2016-2017 school year. To view this information, go to Maury County Pacing Guide. https://maurycountypublicschools.sharepoint.com/MCPS%20Middle%20School/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc={FDC38F08-BBB4-4A8C-B941-66EA32A7D589}&file=8th%20grade%20SS%20pacing%20guide.docx&action=default

Grading Policy

Student grades will be taken from Social Studies classwork, quizzes, homework and tests. After classroom instruction, any formative assessment grade counts 20% (quizzes, writing practice, etc). All summative assessments grades count 80% (unit tests). Any Project Base Learning Projects will have a combination of both – 20% checks and 80% for a final completion grade.

Procedure for Parent Access to Instructional Materials

A copy of the textbook will be issued to each student as well as any supplementary materials.