WELCOME TO SOCIAL STUDIES 8 WITH MR. HARROLD
Welcome to Social Studies 8. Using World History as our focus, students in SS 8 will be given
Develop an understanding of how geographic, cultural, political and economic factors influences
the development of civilizations, empires and nations.
Gain a better understanding of their role in society.
Develop creative, critical and logical thinking abilities
Develop a love for Social Studies and History
Using our textbook Pathways: Civilizations Through Time as well as videos and other multi-media the
following sections will be covered in Social Studies 8.
1. Civilization Review
2. World Geography
3. Roman Empire
4. Middle Ages
6. The Renaissance
7. Social Responsibility and Developing of Own Opinion
8. Current Events
To help organize yourself, the following materials are required:
Dividers Pens and pencils
Involves consideration of the following items. Each will be given a separate make value depending upon
the type of assignment.
Daily assignments Quizzes
Group work Major Projects
Writing Skills Presentations
Unit Test and Active Study Reviews
Good attendance is essential. In the event of an absence it is your responsibility to find out what had
been missed and catch up on all work. Please see a fellow student in the class to find out what you
missed and then see me for specific assignments. Extensions, for any reason, will only be considered
with a note from home.
Every two or three weeks I will post marks on the wall. I will also email this information home to parents.
It is expected that students with no email access will note their current standing in the class in their
planner and share this information with their parents regularly.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
As a class, student’s will be given the opportunity to utilize the school’s computer lab to conduct on-line
learning as well as an opportunity to word process some of their class materials.
You should have the name and phone number of at least one other student in the class. When you are
absent, contact that person who will then tell you what was missed and what is for homework.
The following grading table outlines the system used.
Letter Grade Percentage Description of Standing
A 86-100 Excellent
B 3-85 Very Good
C+ 67-72 Above Average
C 60-66 Average
C- 0-59 Below Average
I 0-49 Incomplete (may turn into a ‘fail’ at year end)
In our class we will have four agreements that dictate our behavior
1.) Inclusion – we will make every effort to make everyone feel welcome and included. Put
downs will not be tolerated.
2.) Mutual Respect – treat others how you expect to be treated.
3.) Attentive Listening – in order to respect and include others we must listen to what they have
4.) Right to Participate/Pass – all students will participate in class, but may choose not to share
in a public forum.
Students and Parents please sign to acknowledge that you have both read this course outline. Parents
please include an email address in order to receive regular updates of your child’s progress.