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 8th grade U.S. History
In this classroom, students will create what is called an interactive notebook. It is a great way for the students to stay organized and help them to study in a more organized fashion. With that being said, it is really important that you purchase the correct size spiral bound notebook. As long as you do, they will not need to replace it throughout the year.
* 1 MEAD 3 Subject 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 probably need to replenish throughout the year)
* Colored Pencils
* Pencils/Blue or Black Pens/at least 1 highlighter
* Charged I-Pad (once they have been given out)

 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.


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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. There are several assignments that are required by all 8th grade Social Studies students across the district. Those assignments include:

  • A 2-3 page research paper including a thesis statement, internal citations, and a bibliography
  • A technology based project such as a power point, google slideshow or some other interactive project.
  • A creative writing piece
  • A 1-2 page informative essay
  • I also require my students to read at least 1 historical fiction book of their choice and complete an assignment to demonstrate their understanding of what they have read.
  • 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.