Miss Northan’s 7th & 8th Grade Social Studies!

Happy Fall!

My SNACS Small School Story

Welcome to Social Studies!  I am thrilled to meet you and your students, and am looking forward to a fantastic school year with you.  I received my BA in History, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Nevada, Reno.  I am currently working towards my Master of Arts in Teaching for K-8 students. I was born and raised in the Truckee Meadows, and I love this community.  SNACS was the perfect setting for me because of my belief in progressive education and personalized learning opportunities.  The community based mission and their drive for quality, individual education drew me to teaching here.

I have many hobbies and interests including: cooking, reading, sewing, playing the piano and learning new things.  I am always looking for experiences that promote personal and professional growth and welcome feedback in my life.  I care about students.  I believe that success is not only academic, and seek to provide students with life skills as well as the ability to engage with complex academic topics.  History is dynamic in regards to whole child learning.  It reflects back to us our own strengths and flaws, and shows us how to live to our fullest potential.  I look forward to all the wonderful growth experiences that your families will provide, and appreciate all the things you have to offer to our classroom.

The History Howl-Weekly Update 11/12

For the Individual Student:

MUST BRING TO CLASS EVERYDAY

Notebooks

Pencils

Lined Paper

A Folder

Silent Reading Book

 

For the Class:

Glue Stick

Colored Pencils

Markers

Poster Paper

What’s Happening for 7th Graders

 

7th Grade Objectives: United States Government and Democracy

Students will explore Governmental Systems with a focus on the Electoral College.  They will understand how the Electoral College/Election System Works through a hands-on lesson and through a mapping Activity. 

Must Do

Mapping:  Hands-on Lesson and Mapping Activity

Current Event 

Journal-½ page per day

Choice Centers: 

Write a narrative as a presidential candidate; must include the reasons behind the states he/she will visit due to the Electoral College and the U.S. Election process. 

Watch a Video on the Electoral College and Summarize.

Research and write about the History of the Electoral College

Create a Poster Representing the U.S. dual party system

Republican vs. Democrat Infographic

Student Newspaper/History Magazine 

SBAC Practice/Test Question Creator

AR Reading

 

What’s Happening for 8th Graders

8th Grade Objectives:  Prelude to WWI 

Students will explore the M.A.I.N causes of WWI through gallery walk and complete a graphic organizer based on what they read.

Must Do: 

Argumentative Essay on Suffrage-2nd Draft Due Monday 11/18

Argumentative Essay of Suffrage-Peer Review 

Graphic Organizer (Refer to above)

Current Event

Journal ½ page per day

Choice Centers:

Research and discuss one of the M.A.I.N causes of WWI in a paper or poster

Narrative from the perspective of an individual who has limited rights (prisoner, women at the turn of the century, slave, industrial revolution worker, immigrant.

Student Newspaper/History Magazine 

Map of European powers and Imperial Nations pre-WWI

SBAC Practice/Test Question Creator

Create Crossword Puzzles 

AR Reading

The History Howl-Weekly Update 11/4

For the Individual Student:

MUST BRING TO CLASS EVERYDAY

Notebooks

Pencils

Lined Paper

A Folder

Silent Reading Book

 

For the Class:

Glue Stick

Colored Pencils

Markers

Poster Paper

What’s Happening for 7th Graders

 

7th Grade Objectives: Government and the Constitution

Students will explore the Constitution.  Each student will choose one right afforded to Americans via the Constitution and discuss what the implications of the right are.

Must Do

Write: Written piece arguing a Constitutional Right and the importance of keeping it intact.  The students will also select a right that they believe should be removed from the Constitution and discuss the implications. 

Current Event 

Journal-½ page per day

Poster Representing a chosen Constitutional Right

 

Choice Centers: 

Write a narrative about an individual who lost or gained their rights. 

Shay’s Rebellion- Reading and Questions

Student Newspaper/History Magazine 

SBAC Practice/Test Question Creator

Create Crossword Puzzles 

AR Reading

What’s Happening for 8th Graders

8th Grade Objectives:  Progressivism and Suffrage Movement

Students will explore the dynamics of this period through a close read of 

Theodore Roosevelt’s “Hyphenated Americanism” (1915)

 

Must Do: 

Argumentative Essay on Suffrage

Drawing Representing Student’s Own Immigration Story

Current Event

Journal ½ page per day

Choice Centers:

Write a narrative about a woman who is voting in the Presidential election for the first time

Student Newspaper/History Magazine 

SBAC Practice/Test Question Creator

Create Crossword Puzzles 

AR Reading