"History is who we are and why we are the way we are."

                                                                           -David McCullough

    Mrs. Farias' 8th Grade U.S. History Class Introduction

    Birth of Old Glory


    Image Source:  www.common-place.org

    Welcome Class of 2020

    Together this year we will analyze the important events, issues, and people that have shaped this country.  We will begin by reviewing the push/pull factors for exploring and settling in the North American continent and examine the issues surrounding colonial unrest that led to the eventual Revolution and the founding of our nation. An extensive amount of time will be dedicated to analyzing the political principles and philosophies associated with the formation of our government, foreign policy, the creation of political parties, westward expansion, and industrialization.  We will conclude the year by studying the multiple causes, key events, and complex consequences of the Civil War. 

    As we examine the important events of our nation's history, you will learn to think like a historian, investigate like a detective, and make connections to today's important events.  Technology will be integrated in order to enhance the learning experience and to develop important skills that will be valuable throughout your future years in education and beyond.  I am looking forward to a great year!

    Class Structure:

    This class incorporates personalized, collaborative, and interactive learning experiences. Literacy, writing, and critical thinking skills will be emphasized throughout the year using California Content Standards.  Students will also use California Common Core standards to cite evidence, determine central ideas/themes, and summarize primary and secondary sources.  Please refer to the district website below for more information regarding Common Core Standards https://www.cajonvalley.net/Domain/1951. This class will cover the time period in the United States from Colonial America through Industrialization using a variety of resources in addition to the list below:

     Class Resources:

    • Google Classroom: The primary method for turning in assignments and viewing Assignment calendar.
    • Haiku (PowerSchool): Primary methods for tests and quizzes.
    • Chromebook Laptop Computer: provided for student use at school and home.
    • Google for Education software (Google Docs, Google Presentation, Spreadsheet, Form, and Drawing).
    • Farias' Twitter Acct: @mrsfariasHMS - Access to class or school-wide announcements.
    • Remind app for class or team-wide announcements.

    Link: https://www.remind.com/c2hkk8

    • Students should already have their assigned username and password for a free Google account. If new to the school, they will be assigned one.


     Assignment Policy:

    Typically assignments are assigned Tuesday through Thursday and are posted weekly in class and in Google Classroom.  Any assignments not finished in class  must be finished and submitted in Google Classroom at home by the assigned deadline.  Most assignments will be completed in class.   I will post reminders for large assignments/projects on the app, Remind. 

    Student Support:

    I'm available for an hour after school most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for any student who would like to receive extra help or simply work on assignments.  I am also available before school and during lunch upon student request.  Students may bring their lunch and use the time to study, receive help or just work on assignments. I will need to know in advance so that I make sure to stay in class and to provide a lunch pass.


    Students are responsible for completing any assignments missed due to absences.  Again, assignments are posted weekly in class and in Google Classroom.  Students should refer to Google Classroom, contact their peers, email or see me personally if they have any questions about the missed assignments.  If able, it would be optimal to try and complete as much as possible while absent since most of the work is available online.  If unable to complete at home, full credit will be given for all work completed within the same number of days absent (excluding holidays and weekends).

    Academic Grades:

    Academic grades will be evaluated based upon cumulative points earned during each trimester. I will be using the Q/Zangle GradeBook which can be accessed under the "Parents" tab of our school's website.  Please make sure to obtain your personal Zangle password through our Counseling Dept.

     Citizenship Grades: (general grading outline)

     Grade “A” - These students demonstrate outstanding behavior every day.  They remain focused and on task without having to be reminded.  These students always treat the teacher and other students with respect.

     Grade “B”  - These students demonstrate appropriate behavior.  They require occasional reminding to remain focused and on task.  These students always treat the teacher and other students with respect.

     Grade “C”  - These students demonstrate average behavior most days.  They require frequent reminders to remain focused and on task.  These students tend to talk while the teacher is talking and are easily distracted.

     Grade “D”  - These students demonstrate below average behavior.  They are frequently off task and require constant monitoring.  Their behavior tends to be a disruption to the learning environment.

     Grade “F”  - These students typically have detentions, and/or referrals for multiple classroom violations.


    Effort Grade:

    In general, the effort grade and the academic grade go hand in hand.  However, it is possible to receive a different grade in effort based on the student’s work ethic. The effort grade will be tied to assignment quality, completion, and whether or not the student is working to their potential.  


    Contact Information:

    The best method to contact me directly is through email at fariasc@cajonvalley.net.  If you prefer, you can reach me by phone one-half hour before school and after school.  Please also refer often to Google Classroom for upcoming events and links for class information.