Hello, and welcome to the website for Northwood School's seventh and eighth grade social studies program.
Learn your states and capitals!
To celebrate the solstice and accompanying winter holidays and break, today in class we will be using the following links:
CSPAN is running a competition for 6-12 graders to create a film documentary:
"What does it mean to be American? Choose a constitutional right, national characteristic, or historic event and explain how it defines the American experience."
Check out http://www.studentcam.org/ for more information!
Homework is the same all year long in social studies.
Every quarter, students are required to choose two homework packets from the hanging blue folders at the back of room 204.
These packets include a journalism piece that is adapted to their reading level.
After reading the article, students must answer four comprehension questions that are attached.
The last part is for the student to answer the writing prompt, which will vary according to the article. However, ALL writing prompts require five complete sentences and text evidence.
Homework is due the week before grades close. Students who choose to complete it earlier will then have it graded, and have the opportunity to correct any mistakes for a grade of 100%.
If there are any questions about homework, please contact me! email@example.com
There is no required summer social studies work. There is a way to earn extra credit any time of year, including the summer:
1. Read a historical fiction or non fiction book.
2. Write a two paragraph review of the book: in the first paragraph, briefly describe the book. In the second, write about your experience with the book- what you liked, didn't like, anything you didn't understand, anything you'd like to explore more about, or a character that really spoke to you.
3. Turn it in to me.
Design a project/ role play/ lesson plan for class. If you would like to do this, please come see me and we will design something.
Need help finding a free reading book? Check out this:
Click on https://www.goodreads.com/ and search "middle grade historical fiction."
They break it down by specific categories: "Russia""1930s""historical mysteries" and you will certainly find something you like!
We watch CNN Student News in class, which is created especially for middle and high school students
BrainPop is a terrific website that covers a wide array of topics- (individual logins have been given to each student.)
Newsela is a website that takes mainstream newspaper articles and adjusts the reading levels for different grades (this is where all homework assignments come from)-