Welcome to Mr. Andress' 8th Grade Social Studies Class Page!
Course Overview In 8th grade we will be learning about United States history from Reconstruction to present day. While we will be looking at historical events and making connections to the present, it is important for you to be informed of what is going on in the United States and the world today. We will have lessons on current events, in which we will talk about the current state of the United States and the world via news articles both in the media and printed. You will be engaged in class with reading and writing assignments as well as research projects to guide your learning.
Current Unit The 8th grade is diving right into our next mini unit, which involves how the United States became an imperial power. We will revisit some topics learned from 7th grade and work our way up until the beginning of World War I. We are going to discuss how in the second half of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, economic, political, and cultural factors contributed to a push for westward expansion, which was became a set off point to a change into what became a more aggressive foreign policy.
Homework Homework is assigned weekly and students are given three days to complete it. Homework usually pertains to current events or builds on topics we have discussed in class. They are usually a reading passage with both reading and writing questions, each equally as important to academic mastery. Below are the homework / classwork assignments that are past due.