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

                                                                  -David McCullough

    THE BIRTH OF OLD GLORY Image Source:  www.common-place.org

                          THE BIRTH OF OLD GLORY

                    Image Source:  www.common-place.org 



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


    Welcome Class of 2022

    Together as we continue to forge ahead during this unique time in history and transition to a new school year, I look forward to getting to know each of you as we examine the past 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, complex consequences, and lasting impact 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 as it relates to Distance Learning and in school learning:

    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.  

     Class Resources:

    • Google Classroom: The primary method for turning in assignments and viewing the Assignment calendar.
    • Chromebook Laptop Computer: provided for student use at school and home.
    • Google for Education software (Google Docs, Google Presentation, Spreadsheet, Form, and Drawing).

    Assignment Policy:

    Assignments are posted weekly in Google Classroom.  With this year’s block schedule, students will have ample Class time to work on assignments and seek help when needed.  Any assignments not finished in class must be finished and submitted in Google Classroom at home by the assigned deadline.  Due dates have been thoughtfully applied based on the time provided in class. 

    Student Support:

    I'm available during class, before, and after school most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for any student who would like to receive extra help with advance notice.  


    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 on 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:

    Citizenship will be based on individual behavior that reflects respect for all established schoolwide and classroom rules.  This includes respect for fellow students and the teacher. 

    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 or via Parent Square (more info to come).  Please refer often to Google Classroom for upcoming events and links for class information.