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    McGinnis Middle School Social Studies 
    Ext: x24696
    8th Grade Social Studies
    United States History
    Colonization - Civil War  
    Del  lincoln

    Grading System:

    Class work and Projects – 15%

    • Students will be given new class assignments every day in the groups.
    • Homework will be assigned if class work assignments are not finished on time.  Homework will be given out at least once a week

      Projects - 20%
    • Some class work assignments or P.B.L.s (Projects) may be marked as a project grade.  Some projects will be take home projects.
      • Projects: 2-3 per Unit

    Quizzes – 30%

    • Quizzes will be given every week to assess student’s knowledge on the information.

    Tests - 35%

    • Tests will be given after each chapter.

    Classroom Procedure:

    Do Now & Essential Questions:  5-10 Minutes

    • Students will begin class with a Do Now assignment, which will be located on the board everyday.  Do Now assignments will be followed by a classroom discussion. 

    Whole Instruction / New Material: 

    • Every day there will be new notes and new material on the board or handed out.


    • Student to Student Groups:
      • P.B.L.s  - Project Based Learning
      • Guided Reading – Textbook and Outside sources
      • Tier Words – Definition and word analysis
      • Geography – Study of maps and locations
      • Writing
      • Independent Core Novels -  Brother Sam is Dead 


    • Students will review what they have learned throughout the period.



     Marking Period Layout: 

    • 1st Marking Period – Exploration, Colonization, 13 Colonies, History of Perth Amboy 
    • 2nd Marking Period – 13 Colonies, Road Towards Independence, and American Revolution
    • 3rd Marking Period – Creating a New Government
    • 4th Marking Period- Political Development through Reconstruction