8th Grade Social Studies 2018-19

Eric Bowman  (503) 825-5418


Use my website to get extra copies of handouts, to remind yourself about deadlines, and to see what you missed when you were absent. Use my phone number and email to call or email WHENEVER you have a question, a concern, or you want to offer feedback or suggestions. My job is to help you be successful! 

Units/Themes Covered

  • 9/11

  • United States Geography/Mapping

  • Review of Exploration and Colonial America  

  • American Revolution

  • Constitution/US Government

  • New Nation/Westward Expansion

  • The Civil War & Reconstruction

  • Materials Required Daily:

    • Notebook paper, pens, and pencils. As you use up your supplies, you need to replenish them! You will need these all three trimesters.

    • Social Studies Spiral/Composition book (separate from LA)

    • Raider Organizer – or another effective way of organizing and managing your time.

    Proficiency Requirements: Each student’s skill proficiency will be measured using the standards set in the nationally recognized Common Core State Standards, with a focus on the Sherwood School District Social Studies Priority Standards. We teach all the Common Core Standards, but “priority” standards are skills we will focus on in more depth.

    Sherwood School District Social Studies Priority Standards:

    Historical Knowledge 8.5:  Analyze the causes as outlined in the Declaration of Independence, and examine major American and British leaders, key events, international support, and consequences of the American Revolution.

    Historical Knowledge 8.6:  Use and interpret documents and other relevant primary and secondary sources pertaining to U.S. History from multiple perspectives.

    Civics and Government of the United States 8.18: Examine and analyze important United States documents, including (but not limited to) the Constitution, Bill of Rights, 13th and 15th Amendments.

    Social Science Analysis 8.26:  Examine a controversial event, issue or problem from more than one perspective.

    Grading Policy:  Grades are used to show proficiency on the nationally recognized common core state standards and progress toward a earning an Oregon high school diploma.  

    Grades will be computed using two categories:

    • Skill demonstrated (Summative assessments) = 80% of final grade

      • Summative assessments are given after learning and practicing a skill to the point  where student should be able to demonstrate proficiency

      • Students are allowed to retake summative assessments after completing a re-submission form.

      • Highest assessment score is final grade for that assessment

    • Practice/Daily Work (Formative work and assessments) = 20% of final grade

      • Formative assessments are given continually through assignments, quizzes, and activities while learning, practicing, and perfecting the skills being taught.

      • No extra credit available

      • No retakes for formative (practice) assessments

    Interventions: Students are offered interventions when additional strategies are needed to help them achieve proficiency as determined by classroom assessments.

    Extensions:  Students demonstrating advanced proficiency are offered extensions to address individual rate and level of learning.

    Category Label

    Synergy Reporting

    Generalized Definition



    Meets all of the requirements of the grade level standard and can demonstrate understanding at a higher level of rigor based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.



    Meets all of the requirements and demonstrates all of the knowledge and skills of the grade level standard at the appropriate level of rigor.



    Meets the most basic elements of a given standard, but not all knowledge and skills embedded in the standard are demonstrated.   Demonstrates the essential knowledge and skills required. Cannot demonstrate level of rigor called for by verb in the standard



    Meets a few elements of a given grade level standard, but many required elements are missing and limited understanding demonstrated

    Insufficient Evidence

    0-59% depending on level of understanding

    Student completed the assessment, but little, if any evidence of learning relative to the standard is shown

    Parents: During the course of the year we will discuss contextually/thematically relevant topics and watch films/clips that require 8th grade level maturity.  If you wish for your student to take part in alternate learning activities you can email me at the beginning of the year or have your student/your family choose to opt out at the time.

    Feel free to contact Mr. Bowman with any questions.


    Class calendars are available to students on their Canvas accounts (parent access to those calendars are coming in late September).