Eighth Grade Social Studies

U.S. History

Instructor: Betsy Gottschalk

Resources: Primary and Secondary Documents

Current Media Sources online and in print

 

In this history class we will study America and its people from earliest records to the present day. We will base our information on primary and secondary sources, as well as current events. We will dig deeply into history in a variety of ways. You will work in teams using the inquiry method of learning for the Problem-Based Learning scenarios.

 

 

During the school year you are responsible for two large history projects:

  1. The first history project is a biography of someone in your family at least two generations removed. It’s a big project (around fifty pages with text and image).

2. The second is a research paper on a part of history related to the United States. The paper needs to be well written and documented, and include both primary and secondary sources. You will also prepare a visual project which further explains the research project. You will present the visual project to an audience at school. The project may be based on a person, a period of history, or a place. You need to conference with me before you settle on a topic.

 

You will also be responsible for knowing the states and capitals of the United States and the presidents of the United States.

 

Grading in U.S. History is based on the following factors:

Tests/ Projects

Homework/ Quizzes

 

Fifty page biography grading:

Book on Historical Figure (50-pager)

Name of Subject of Biography: ______________________

Name of Historian: ________________________________

Project Grade: ________________

 

 _____Biography of the person or place who/that is your focus.

  1. The biography may be a chronological retelling of the life of the person or place, or
  2. You may choose to focus on a particular portion of the person’s or place’s life.

 

_____The biographical writing includes both stories from interviews and objective facts of the subject’s life. At least ten pages or 5,000 words of the biography’s author is included.

 

_____Primary documents (letters, photographs, news or magazine articles, etc.) are included in the biography.

  1. The primary documents need to relate to the subject matter of the biography.
  2. The primary documents may be originals or photocopies of documents.

 

_____The presentation of the biography and collection of primary information should be neat and logically organized (chronological would be good, but your book may have another logical order).

 

_____ The biographical book in story, picture, and primary documents is at least fifty pages in length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall Grade:_____________

 

 

 

 

Interview : Biography of Family Member

Teacher: Ms. Gottschalk

 

CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Writing The story is well organized and contains accurate quotations and facts taken from the interview or other biographical source on the subject. The story is well organized and contains accurate facts taken from the interview or other biographical source on the subject. The story contains accurate quotations and facts taken from the interview or other biographical source on the subject. The story is lacking facts and quotations from the interview OR the quotes and facts are not accurately reported.
Knowledge Gained Student can accurately answer several questions about the person who was studied and can tell how this interview (or other source) relates to the material being studied in class. Student can accurately answer a few questions about the person who was studied and can tell how this interview relates to the material being studied in class. Student can accurately answer a few questions about the person who was interviewed or studied. Student cannot accurately answer questions about the person who was interviewed or studied.
Formatting & Editing The student edited and organized the biographical information in a way that made the information clear and interesting. The student edited and organized the biographical information in a way that made the information clear. The student edited and organized the transcript but the biographical information was not as clear or as interesting as it could have been. The student did NOT edit or organize the biographical information in a logical way.
Labeling The student put the date of the interview, place of the interview, full name of the person being interviewed, and the full name of the person being interviewed in the report. The student included the date of the interview, place of the interview, and full name of the person being interviewed in the report. The student included the date of the interview and full name of the person being interviewed in the report. The student forgot to put the date of the interview OR the full name of the person being interviewed in the report.
Note Taking The interviewer took occasional notes during the interview, but usually maintained focus on the person rather than the notes. Notes were added to immediately after the interview so facts were not lost. The interviewer took occasional notes during the interview, but usually maintained focus on the person rather than the notes. No additional notes were taken. The interviewer took notes during the interview, but did so in a way that interrupted the “flow” of the interview. Additional notes may, or may not, have been taken. The interviewer took no notes during or after the interview.
Length of Biography The biography is at least fifty pages in length. The biography is slightly less than fifty pages in length The biography is considerably least than fifty pages in length, but more than twenty-five pages in length. The biography is less than twenty-five pages in length.
Quality of the Finished Book The book is sturdy and will withstand much handling, and the material in the book is presented in a neat and visually pleasing manner. The book is sturdy and will withstand some handling, and the material in the book is presented in a neat and somewhat pleasing manner. The book is somewhat sturdy and will withstand some handling, and the material in the book is presented in a somewhat pleasing manner. The book is not sturdy and will not withstand much handling, and the material in the book is not presented in a neat and visually pleasing manner.

 

 

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