Kansas State History Assessment Feb. 28 and 29!!!!
Review aids Quizlet vocabulary terms http://quizlet.com/10183325/kansas-state-assessment-vocabulary-review-flash-cards/
Useful Power Point to review main ideas
Kansas History Review
American History Review (In Progress) Courtesy of Mr. Ortiz
WELCOME to 8th Grade US History!!!!
This year we will be covering our Nation's past from the Revolutionary War to around World War 1. This is a lot of history to cover and I am excited to start the school year. This class will require reading from the textbook (Don't worry I am not going to make you memorize it!) We will use the textbook as our reference for the topics of history we are going to study. I want each of you to be able to uncover your own understanding of what our past has to offer!
I will post a course syllabus for the Advanced History Class. (Syllabus) There is also a Syllabus for the regular history class. I will have them for you on the first day of school (Try not to loose them, we will be attempting to follow the syllabus as close as possible!) The syllabus will have the readings for the week, topics, projects and assessments we will be doing. There might be a few fun tidbits thrown in here and there but I am hoping to keep close to it so we can cover what we need to cover. Just some food for thought, this year we will be taking the State US History Assessment. I am not worried about the assessment as long as we all put in some effort in accomplishing the goals that we set. I am not sure currently when the assessment will take place but when I know you will know! :)
This week in History:
Kansas State Assessment Review
Every year I seem to make things harder and harder on myself :) I never seem to do the same thing twice ever! This year I really want us to have a discovery. I don't want this to end up being just another boring history class that you have to sit through because you are required. This makes it no fun for me as your teacher, your classmates as your peers or yourself. I want to teach you why I love reading and studying history. I not only want to teach you my love for history but I want to show you how you can create history of your own. Every piece of history is up for interpretation. I am in no way a straight forward thinker, my mind wanders from topic to topic inside my very confused brain. Somehow each of those wayward thoughts affect how I look at stories from our past. This creates new history. (Believe it or not, this happens ALL the time!) History changes based on how we look at the evidence presented before us. I want to show you how and what to look for when viewing the past. (Believe it or not, sometimes our past hides what it does not want us to see). This is just the tip of the iceberg for what I want to do this year. I hope we are all up for the challenge that are ahead of us!
I am writing this to you so that we can ALL stay on track to what I really want to see out of this class. I hope we can all work together to accomplish this lofty goal that I have placed on all of our shoulders...I will work my tail off to help us achieve this goal, please help me by putting your effort in as well. If we all try hard at this I think it will be a school year to remember!
I am looking forward to meeting all of you,
Important Information to Note!
This class will be using moodle and other various technologies to help along the way in creating and discussing history. The moodle link above will take you to a page that lists all of the classes
8 West School Supplies for History
The following is what each student will need by the beginning of the school.
Below is a set of pictures of me, I just wanted you to know me when you see me at school when you get here. (One picture is of me as George Washington at the Constitutional Convention and the other is as a 20's Flapper) I will be your 8th Grade US History Teacher this year. I am in room 203 and I am excited to get to know your face. (After that hopefully I can take mine down and put some of you up! with your permission of course). If you have any questions or comments after looking this over you can email me at email@example.com or call me at 620-805-6318.