Social Studies 8 - World History Madame Snelling What time period is covered in 8th grade Social Studies? Eighth grade social studies is a survey world history course designed to give you the opportunity to explore recurring themes common to civilizations from around the globe and across time. Our study of world history will take us back 15,000 years, through the stone, bronze and iron ages, and across four continents. We will walk through peace and prosperity, work through wars, trade across deserts and travel silk roads. We will become a community of thinkers as well as world travelers as we work through the year. What are the main units in 8th grade Social Studies? Humanity and the Environment Ancient Civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, and China Classical Civilizations: Greece, Rome Forces of Change: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Regional Civilizations: Europe, Africa, and China Renaissance What are the learning objectives of 8th grade Social Studies? The main objective of this class is to give you the opportunity to think critically. All year we will be asking the question, How can what happened in this time and in this place in history help us understand current events and make decisions for the future? Other goals for every unit include: Understanding the importance of technological advances and significant contributions of people throughout history Understanding the role that geography has played in the development of civilizations throughout history Understanding basic economic needs and methods of meeting those needs in societies Understanding traditions, belief systems and everyday life of people throughout history Understanding the development of social hierarchies and governments in societies In addition, process goals include becoming critical, historical thinkers, researchers, and writers. What will we do to uncover the stories of our past and understand this vast amount of time? Conduct research Analyze primary and secondary sources Read fiction and non-fiction Defend arguments based on known data Compare and contrast current events to those of the past Visit places of worship Invite guest speakers to share their stories Please remember the purpose of studying history is to learn and grow, not get a grade. However, until there is a different way, students receive quarterly as well as semester grades. Quarter grades will be weighted as follows: Preparation and Practice 10% These assignments will typically receive completion credit. These assignments serve as skill practice, preparation for class discussion, and/or preparation of a piece of work for peer or teacher feedback. Communication (Written, Verbal, etc.) 25% These assignments will be evaluated using the ESMN grade scale with relation to the learning standard/target. These assignments frequently serve also as a place for teachers to formatively assess content standards in addition to assessing skills. Formative Assessment 0% Formative assessments are used in the learning process. When a skill or content standard is newly introduced, being practiced, or receiving teacher feedback, a formative assessment grade using the ESMN scale will be used to communicate student progress. For example, a pre-test grade would be placed in this category. Summative Assessment 65% Summative assessments measure learning that has already taken place. After a skill or content standard has been introduced, practiced, and studied, a summative assessment will be given to allow students to demonstrate their understanding. These evaluations of learning will be graded using the ESMN scale. Examples of summative assessments include DBQ essays, unit tests and quizzes. This assignment falls in the “communication” category of your grade in social studies. Your grade will follow the ESMN scale. What does that mean? E: Exemplary (99-100%): You demonstrate a degree of knowing, understanding, and/or doing exemplary work as it relates to a standard/learning target. S: Standard Met (89%): You demonstrate that you know, understand, and/or can do what is expected as it relates to a standard/learning target. M: Making Progress (79%): You demonstrate that you are making progress toward knowing, understanding, or being able to do what is expected based on the standards/learning targets. N: Not Yet Understood (69%): This standard/learning target is still something you need to spend time practicing and studying. If you aren’t sure how to make progress, please make sure you are asking questions in class and making time to see me for extra help if you need it. You are not a grade. You are in this class to learn about the stories of our past, to investigate the mysteries of the past, and to work to your greatest potential.