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George Stonikinis 8th Grade U.S. History -

Instructor Information

Instructor

Email

Planning Period

George Stonikinis

george.stonikinis@lavegaisd.org

9:50-10:30

 

General Information

Description

In this course, we will explore the history of the United States from Colonialism through Reconstruction. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning experiences such as: lecture/note-taking, project-based learning, and evaluation of primary and secondary sources.

 

Expectations and Goals

Educational Philosophy:

  • Provide a safe place for students to have freedom to think and learn.
  • Drop everything to offer guidance and support for the needs of every student.
  • Be consistent and fair with discipline.
  • Give my best effort for every student, every day.

Student Expectations:

  •      Give your best effort, every day.
  •      Come to class prepared.
  •      Come to class ready to use your brain.
  •      Put the needs of others before the needs of yourself.
  •      Just be kind.

Course Materials

Required Materials:

Classroom Routines and Procedures

Bell Ringer

Students should follow the instructions for the Bell Ringer immediately upon entering the classroom.

 

Grading

Students will be graded on the total points system outlined in the LaVega Junior High School- George Dixon Campus student handbook.

 

LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED!

 

Quizzes and Exams

The majority of possible points will come from quizzes and exams. Students should be prepared to take a short quiz (10-20 points) following each topic and to take exams over every unit (100 points).

 

Students will be given 7 days’ notice prior to every unit exam.

 

Exam Study Materials:

Lecture Notes
  • Study Guides (given a few days prior to the exam)

 

Exams will primarily be multiple choice, but students should be prepared for multiple select and extended response items as well.

 
1st 6-weeks

o   COLONIAL AMERICA - LIFE IN A NEW LAND 1587-1763

o   AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE - RESTLESSNESS TO REBELLION 1763-1783

2nd 6-weeks

o   WRITING  THE CONSTITUTION - CREATING A MORE PERFECT UNION 1783-1791

o   EARLY REPUBLIC - ADDRESSING CHALLENGES 1789-1828

3rd 6-weeks

o   AGE OF JACKSON - DEMOCRACY EXPANDS 1820s-1830s

o   WESTWARD EXPANSION - FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA 1780s-1850s

4th 6-weeks

O   INDUSTRIALIZATION AND REFORM - INNOVATION BRINGS CHANGE 1800s - 1850s

O   SECTIONALISM - GROWING DIVISION 1820s - 1850s

5th 6-weeks

O   CIVIL WAR- THE ENDANGERED UNION 1860-1865

O   RECONSTRUCTION - REBUILDING THE UNION 1865-1877

6th 6-weeks

O   RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - LIFE IN A DEMOCRACY

O   STAAR Review