8th Grade Social Studies Syllabus

8th Grade Social Studies Syllabus

Dennis Chambers & Haley Berrier

Sevierville Middle School

Fall 2017-2018

Social Studies - Grade 8

Contact Information:





  • Prentice Hall - America: History of Our Nation

Required Supplies

  • Textbook and provided handouts; 2 pocket, 3 prong folder; and chromebook

Course Overview

  • The class will provide the student an opportunity to learn the history of our nation from 1587 to 1887. TLW be taught the facts of these 300 years and be challenged to discuss, write, debate, and explore the story of America.  TLW understand how America evolved from 13 British colonies to become an independent nation. Our goal for the student is to relate to their daily lives the principles in the Constitution and analyze the leadership of our first 3 presidents. TLW then study our foreign policy in the early 1800’s and view how Andrew  Jackson changed the presidency and America. The student should also understand the causes and results of the Mexican War and manifest destiny.  They will then be able to identify the major battles and military leaders of the Civil War and the outcome of these conflicts along with their ultimate impact upon our nation. TLW also understand the impact of Reconstruction and its key amendments. Our year will end with the study of westward expansion and its effect upon Native Americans.

Course Standards/Objectives

Major Projects/Field Trips

  • Annual Social Studies Fair in April

  • On My Own Program (a study of Economics)

  • John Sevier Heritage Day in Pigeon Forge (Colonial History)

  • Viewing of Faith and Courage Exhibit about military chaplains

  • Veterans Day program at SCHS

  • Guest speaker on the Constitution

  • Civil Rights play celebrating African -American history

  • Washington DC trip (optional after instructional year is over)

Grading (including testing and )

  • Per Sevier County Board of Education policy BP630A, grading will be uniform across all elementary grades.  In this class, daily grades will count as 67% of a student’s final average while test grades will count as 33%. Students who receive an excused absence are required to make up work missed in each class. Students who receive unexcused absences will not be allowed to make up daily missed work and the grade may be assessed as a zero (BP623). Student scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment (TCAP) Program’s grades three through eight shall comprise fifteen (15) percent of the student’s final grade in the spring semester in the subject areas of mathematics, reading/language arts, science and social studies. If these scores have not been returned by the end of school, grades will be assigned without including TCAP. Students and parents can have access at all times to current grading information via Gradebook Wizard.

Parental Access to Instructional Materials

  • Pursuant to Tennessee Code 49-6-7003, parents or guardians may request access to any teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom as well as any tests developed or graded by the teacher. In order to facilitate this request, parents/guardians are asked to submit a request for such review via letter, email, or phone conversation prior to an established meeting for said review.