• Mr. Robb's 8th Grade Social Studies Class
    Statue of Liberty

    About Me

    Welcome to Mr. Robb's social studies class.
    This will be my fourth school year teaching 8th grade at Reynolds Middle School.
    Before teaching at Reynolds, I also taught high school social studies.
    I enjoy helping my 8th graders sharpen their historical
    thinking skills that will be necessary for success next year!
    In my spare time, I umpire baseball and softball in NJ and PA.
    I look forward to meeting all of you!

    Contact Me

    @mrrobbhistory on Instagram

    Classroom Philosophy / Expectations

    Our class is a community of learners.
    When one of us succeeds, we all succeed.
    We will respect each other's time, property, and opinions.
    We will celebrate each other's accomplishments.
    We will grow together throughout the semester.
    We will work hard each and every day to achieve our goals.
    When we need help, we will ask our teachers for assistance.
    We will always try our best!

    Curriculum Overview
    US History I (1754 - 1877)

    Unit 1 (Revolution) September 17 - October 1
    Topics covered: French and Indian War, American Revolution, Revolutionary War
    ~1754 - 1783

    Unit 2 (New Nation) October 4 - November 8
    Topics covered: Constitution, Washington's Administration, Adams' Administration
    ~1783 - 1800 (heavy emphasis on the Constitution & Bill of Rights)

    Unit 3 (Expanding Nation) November 15 - December 17
    Topics covered: Jefferson Administration, Industrial Revolution, Westward Expansion
    ~1783 - 1850

    Unit 4 (House Divided) December 20 - January 28
    Topics covered: Civil War (causes, effects, battles) and Reconstruction
    ~1850 - 1877

    History Skills: critical reading, analyzing primary/secondary sources, selecting appropriate text-based evidence, writing

    *This schedule is subject to change. Students/families will be made aware of changes to the schedule.

    Grading Policy

    50% Summatives (minimum 3 per M.P.) - tests, major projects, essays
    40% Formatives (minimum 5 per M.P.) - quizzes, mini projects, exit slips (on occasion)
    10% Independent Practice (minimum 5 per M.P.) - classwork, homework, small assignments, exit slips (on occasion)

    STUDENTS: see me if you have any questions about how to calculate your average.
    PARENTS: please email me if you have any questions about grades.

    Attention Parents/Guardians

    Please visit your child's PowerSchool Portal to view all upcoming due dates for assessments, projects, and homework.

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