Course Syllabus

Ms. Hall

8th Grade Individuals and Societies: American History



Welcome to 8th Grade American History!


This course is a chronological study of the creation of the United States of America.  In order to understand the foundation of this country, we must look at the main elements of its creation.  We will be studying the people and events from Colonization (1587) through Reconstruction (1877).  We will do so through a variety of perspectives, including various Native American Nations, European settlers (French, Spanish, English, Dutch, etc.), African slaves, and African American descendants.  We will be using a traditional text, computer-based programs, trade books, web/internet interactive programs, audio-visual materials, class discussions, and other activities which will help students fully understand and appreciate the heritage of modern America and all Americans.


The text used in this class is McDougal Littell’s American History.  We will also be using supplemental materials, both document and web-based.  This book comes with an online book that students may access from home, as well as on-line activities for students to use for study.  This class follows all State of Ohio and International Baccalaureate guidelines for study.


Unit 1 – Three Worlds Meet –Ch. 1, 2

Unit 2 – The English Colonies – Ch. 3, 4, 5

Unit 3 – Creating a New Nation/Revolution -  Ch. 6, 7

Unit 4 – The Constitution Unit – Ch. 8

Unit 5 – The Early Republic  - Ch. 9, 10, 11

Unit 6 – A Changing Nation -  Ch. 12, 13, 14

Unit 7 – A Nation Divided and Rebuilt – Ch. 15, 16, 17




Students and parents should check my webpage on Canvas for information regarding class, links to important websites, uploaded copies of worksheets, and much more.


Online text:           

Students have access to the text using their assigned code and password


You can be trusted to…


Be on time and ready to go when the bell rings!

Bring the following to class:                                                                                                                                                                          -Humanities Book and assignment notebook

-Pen, Pencil and lined, loose leaf paper

-Completed homework, with heading, name and date

-3 ring binder/folder

Be attentive and copy down your assignment at the start of class.

Get involved in class .


8th grade Individuals and Societies grading policy:

  1. Assignments need to be turned in on time to receive full credit (unless otherwise explained).
  2. Homework assignments and projects are due at the beginning of class or will be considered late (unless otherwise explained).  You will have temporarily earned a zero in my grade book.  I do accept late work for (sometimes for full, sometimes for reduced credit) if the assignment is completed within two weeks or at my discretion. You have the opportunity to come get help after school or another agreed upon time.
  3. If you earn a grade lower than 70% on a summative assessment you will have the opportunity to receive re-teaching and re-assessment.  The times that these will occur will be announced in class following each assessment or you may arrange to work with me in a timely manner.
  4. If absent, it is your responsibility to see me regarding what you missed.  You have the amount of school days as the number of days you were absent to hand in make-up work.   Otherwise, you will not receive full credit.
  5. Grades will be determined by total points earned during the grading period.  Please check PowerSchool regularly for updated grade reports.
  6. In-class work/participation will be graded as well.  Up to three points a week may be earned for class participation (raising hands to contribute, doing all in-class work, following class expectations, coming to class prepared, etc.).
  7. Each nine weeks students are eligible to earn up to 8 points of extra credit.  Information to come…


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