Welcome to the 8th grade Social Studies website! Students, parents and guardians can use this website to see what we are learning in Social Studies class. You can also use this site to check on deadlines for major assignments and to check the homework each night.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

HW for 12/22

Complete the rough draft of your 1st four paragraphs:

i. Intro
ii. Explanation of event
iii. Background info
iv. argument one

HW for 12/21

Complete the outline and intro paragraph.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Research Paper Overview

Pivotal Moment Persuasive Essay
(Mini Performance Based Assessment Task)
So far this year, we have been learning about the long struggle towards achieving civil rights in the United States. We learned about Reconstruction efforts in the 1800’s and how Jim Crow laws and Black Codes were implemented to create a segregated South and prevent efforts at equality from moving forward. We then learned about how individuals and groups fought for civil rights.
You will be writing a 2-3 page essay in which you look at how legal segregation was ended and how civil rights were eventually achieved. More specifically, you will write about what moments help to spark this change in our country.
Your essay should respond to the following prompt: How can individual moments spark change? Describe one pivotal moment from the civil rights movement. What made this moment pivotal? How did it spark change and help achieve civil rights?
Your essay will include the following sections:
I.               Introduction: Give context and share your thesis statement
II.              Explanation of your event: describe your event in detail. Use evidence from your research.
III.            Background information: are there events leading up to your moment that helped make this a pivotal moment? What else is happening at that time?
IV.            Argument one: Why is this a pivotal moment?
V.              Argument two: Why else is this a pivotal moment?
VI.            Argument three: Final reason this is a pivotal moment?
VII.           Opposing argument: Why might others argue this isn’t a pivotal moment? Why are they wrong?
VIII.         Conclusion: Restate thesis, how does it connect to today?
Note: Sections VI. And VII. Are encouraged but optional. You should only begin work on them after completing all other sections.
Topics (select one):
q Emmett Till’s Murder
q Brown v. Board of Education
q The Little Rock 9 enter Central High School
q Nashville Lunch Counter Sit-Ins
q The Montgomery Bus Boycott
q _____________________________ (If you are selecting your own moment, you will be responsible for gathering your own sources for research. Additionally, you must ok your topic with Amanda and/or Chris before beginning)

HW for 12/20

Complete "Gathering Relevant Evidence" worksheet. This is page 71 in your binder. Make sure you have quotes from all the articles, including the primary source.

HW for 12/19

Read and mark the text of at least 2 articles for you research paper

Friday, December 16, 2011

HW for 12/16

Make flash cards for the following terms:

Malcolm X, Black Panthers, SNCC, Watts Riot, Direct Action, “by any means necessary”

STUDY your flash cards every night! 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

HW 12/15

Nonviolence reflection.

Write 2 paragraphs about non-violent resistance in the Civil Rights Movement. 

In the first paragraph explain the views of both MLK and Malcolm X. Use evidence to support your statements. 

In the second paragraph share your own opinion. Whose philosophy do you support? Whose philosophy do you think is more effective in achieving equal rights?

HW for 12/14

Complete pages 59-60

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

HW for 12/13

Read and mark the text on p. 57 then complete the chart on the back.

Bonus stamp for finishing King's, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

Monday, December 12, 2011

Students Create Political Campaign Posters

A few exemplars from a recent HW assignment:

HW for 12/12

You binder will be collected and checked tomorrow, make sure it is up to date and organized.

In addition, STUDY your flashcards... you never know when a pop quiz might come along :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

HW for 12/9

Make 4 additional flashcards: Nashville Lunch Counter Sit-ins, Civil Disobedience, Non-Violent Resistance, Boycott

Remember to study your flash cards! There will be a quiz on Monday or Tuesday.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

HW for 12/8

Make flash cards for the following terms: Rosa Parks, Montgomery Bus Boycott, The Lost Year, Martin Luther King Jr, pivotal moment

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

HW for 12/5

Create your own campaign poster for the organization "STOP." You poster must have a slogan illustration and at least 2 colors.

HW for 12/6

Write a paragraph about a pivotal moment in your own life. Your paragraph should be at least 6-8 sentences.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

HW for 12/2

Read the article "I decided not to run." Mark the text of the article and then answer the questions on the back of the page.

Note: 804 does not have this HW.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

High School Applications

Don't forget that your high school application is due tomorrow!

HW for 12/1

Make new flashcards for the following terms: Emmett Till, Little Rock 9, Eisenhower, Faubus, Bystander, Upstander, Mob Rule.

Make sure you study ALL your flashcards from this unit every night.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

HW for 11/30

Write a well developed, evidence based paragraph in which you compare the actions of Eisenhower to those of Faubus. Use the reading from today (p. 34) to gather your evidence.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

HW for 11/29/11

Today you learned about Elizabeth Eckford's first day of school at Central High. Pretend that you are her and write a diary entry that describes the day. Your entry should include what happened to you as well as how you felt.

You may want include:

- how you felt when you realized the National Guard was not there to help you.
-why you did not respond to the reporter.
-what the mob sounded like and felt like.
-how you feel about trying to go back to school tomorrow.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Homework for 11/28

Watch a ½ hour of TV with the commercials or read a magazine and record 5-10 observations about how race is portrayed.

Make up your timeline if you have not done so already.

Look at the new class website, make sure you know how to check HW assignments. Show this to your parents. http://bcsgrade8ss.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Want to learn more about Jim Crow?

Check out the PBS website for more information, images and primary sources relating to, "the Rise and Fall of Jim Crow."


TImeline Assignment

On 11/23 you should have turned in your timeline. If you did not, make sure to do so ASAP.

Your timeline should include:
-all the key amendments we have learned
-all the key court cases
-major events relating to integration (Jackie Robinson, Emmett Till etc...)
-events relating to slavery and Reconstruction

HW for 11/23

Your HW this weekend is to catch up on sleep and come back on Monday ready to learn! However, if you did not turn in your timeline today, please complete that over the break. See the assignments tab for more information.

Monday, November 21, 2011

HW for 11/21

Read and mark the article, "New Doll Test Gets Ugly Results." After you finish reading, answer the questions at the bottom of the article on a separate sheet of looseleaf paper. This should be page 20 of your binder.

Also remember that on Wednesday your binders will be collected and graded.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Homework for 11/16

Tonight's HW has two parts. First, make sure you read and mark the text of the reading on Mendez v. Westminster (p. 10). Second, complete flashcards for the following key terms: prejudice, discrimination, NAACP, Murray v Maryland, Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, Mendez v. Westminster, integration.