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    Mr. ALexandre Lopes 
    8th Grade
    McGinnis Middle School Social Studies 
    Ext: x24135
    8th Grade Social Studies
    United States History
    Colonization - Creating the Government   


    Grading System:

    Class work – 35%

    • Students will be given new class assignments every day in the groups.

    Homework -5%

    • Homework will be assigned if class work assignments are not finished on time. Homework will be given out at least once a week.
      • Homework will Consist of Current Events

    Projects, Quizzes, Tests (Assessments) – 60%

    • 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 will be given every week to assess student’s knowledge on the information.
    • Tests will be given after each chapter.

    Classroom Procedure:

    Do Now, Objective, Essential Question:  5-10 Minutes

    • Students will begin class with a Do Now assignment, which will be located on the board every day. Do Now assignments will be followed by a classroom discussion. 
    • Please use Cornell format when setting up your notebook

    Whole Instruction / New Material: 

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

    Groups / Stations: 

    • Student to Student Groups:
      • 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
      • Document Based Questions


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

    2018-2019 Marking Period Layout: 

    • 1st Marking Period – Unit 1: Exploration/colonization
    • 2nd Marking Period – Unit 2: Causes of War/History of Perth Amboy
    • 3rd Marking Period – Unit 3: American Revolution
    • 4th Marking Period- Unit 4: Creating a New Government


    *Information on assignments will be located through the remind app.

    Text the number 81010 and text the message @MrLopes8 to recieve all notifications on assignments.