Mrs. Gravuer

8th Grade US History


Students are always welcome to come to my room during lunch for extra help/time on assignments.

Required School Supplies for Class:

* 1 MEAD 1 Subject 11 x 8 1/2 or larger spiral bound notebook with a vinyl cover-Please make sure that the notebook pages are large enough that a regular 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of notebook paper can be glued into it without folding it in half; it is really important for their organization that the correct size is purchased.
* Glue Sticks (at least two-will need to replenish throughout the year)
* Pencils and Blue or Black Pens
* Charged I-Pad (once they have been given out)
****Helpful to also have, but not required,  your own pack of colored pencils and a highlighter

REQUIRED SUPPLIES ARE DUE BY TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 17th, 2019. We will be setting up our notebooks in class on that day. If you are unable to purchase your supplies by that time, please contact me as soon as possible to let me know.

Extra Credit Option: Create a Cover for your Interactive Notebook:) Worth up to +10 Extra Credit Points. This will be due by Tuesday September 17th, 2019.
 Directions for Interactive Notebook Cover Page
*The public library has printers if you do not have a printer at home to use to print off your work.

Example of Cover Page for Interactive Notebook
**Tip-If you are using Microsoft Word to create your cover page, after you have inserted your picture, right click on the picture, select Format Picture, then Wrap text, and choose Tight. This will allow you to move them anywhere you want within your document.

**Google Slides is another great tool you can use to create a cover page as well.

Google Classroom
: As a parent, you will have the opportunity to shadow your child on Google Classroom.  I will use this frequently to post assignments and announcements. If you signed up last year, it should still be active for this year. However, if it does not add you immediately, send me an e-mail and I can help you.


Curriculum/Goal: Students will demonstrate an understanding of American History beginning with the Civil War and continuing the whole way up through the impact and life of citizens during the Progressive Era.  They will be able to explain the many connections between the past, present, and future. 

Click here to watch a video about what we will be studying this year in class!

Assignments and Skills:  
There will be many different types of assignments provided to students this year in class such as, daily warm-ups, summaries of main topics, quizzes, review questions, etc. Listed below is a sampling of some of the assessments done throughout the year.

  • 1-2 longer DBQ (Document Based Questions) responses which include a thesis statement, internal citations, and a bibliography
  • Several technology based project such as a power point, google slideshow or some other interactive project.
  • A creative writing piece
  • Skills that will be taught/reviewed include but are not limited to: note-taking using Cornell notes, summarizing and restating in your own words, research skills, analyzing primary and secondary source documents, reading non-fiction text, highlighting important information, etc.