Mr. Curto

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Mr. Curto

The eighth grade social studies curriculum focuses on American history.  The beginning of the year will start with the original 13 English Colonies and examine certain American political and social ideals that were evident in the colonial era.  We will then move into the causes of the American Revolution and the war itself.  Much of the school year will be spent learning about the formation of the United States Constitution and the design and function of the government.  We will study the expansion of the United States throughout the 19th century and the growing division over the issue of slavery and debate over its expansion into new territories.  The curriculum will culminate with the causes of the American Civil War, the war itself, and the time period after the war known as Reconstruction.

  • What you need for class:

    Spiral Notebook:  Notetaking will be a large part of social studies class.  Practicing this skill will help you learn the material, organize your thoughts, and prepare you for high school and college.

    Folder: We will receive handouts and worksheets on occasion.  You should have a safe place to put these papers in order to stay organized.

    Student Handbook: You will receive a new student handbook from your homeroom teacher on the first day of school.  You should bring this handbook to every class every day, and you should write your assignments and due dates in it every day.

    Pens/Pencils:  Please be prepared for class every day.

    American History Textbook: You will be issued a textbook during the first week of school.  This book should be kept at home for the duration of the school year.  We will have a class set of textbooks to use in school.  Keep your issued textbook on your desk at home where you do your homework every night.

     

    Grading:

    The district's grading protocol is
    10% Individual Practice
    40% Formative Assessment
    50% Summative Assessment

    These catergories have been separated further as follows:

    10% Homework (Individual Practice)
    20% Quizzes (Formative Assessment)
    20% Classwork (Formative Assessment)
    25% Projects (Summative Assessment)
    25% Tests (Summative Assessment)

     

    Topics Covered:

    English Colonies

    American Revolution

    Constitution and Government

    Slavery and Industrialism

    Westward Expansion

    Causes of the Civil War

    Current Events

    Attention Parents/Guardians:

    Please visit your child's PowerSchool Portal to view all upcoming due dates for assessments, projects, and homework.