Contact
Margo Hayes – hayes@valleyoakstehachapi.org

Overview: Students in grade eight study the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution up to WWI, with an emphasis on America’s role in the war. After reviewing the development of America’s democratic institutions founded on the Judeo-Christian heritage and English parliamentary traditions, particularly the shaping of the Constitution, students trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and economy and relate them to the emergence of major regional differences. They learn about the challenges facing the new nation, with an emphasis on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War. They make connections between the rise of industrialization and contemporary social and economic conditions.

Helpful Links for the Entire School Year

  • Generic Novel Projects
  • Journal Prompts
  • Khan Academy is a free online math resource that has an extensive video library. Khan Academy works with any math curriculum. Just sign in using your Google account and search for the current math topic your student is studying. Eighth-grade math will be listed under Algebra section. Visit the About web page to get full value out of this online program.
  • Discovery Education is a website with over 50,000 video clips. You will need to log into Discovery Education before clicking on the recommended video links below. This is a subscription that Valley Oaks supports at no cost to you. To get started just go to the website, enter the school passcode 99A9-3DE1, then enter the required fields.


Constitution and Research Paper classes begin during Week 5. The following Literature & Writing listings are suggested to enhance the study of this time period in U.S. history:

Weeks 1-8
Books with Literature Packets:
(please ask resource teacher to obtain these)
Johnny Tremain w/packet
My Brother Sam is Dead w/packet
Other Suggested Reading:
Carry On Mr. Bowditch
Poor Richard
America’s Paul Revere
Mr. Revere & I
(search the Valley Oaks Library or the Kern County Library system for available copies)
Writing:
Autobiography
Graphic Organizers for Writing
Social Studies:
Glencoe CA web activities: Study Central – section reviews and vocabulary
Background on Paul Revere: Paul Revere
Discovery Education: view American History: Colonial America (search for this title). There is also a teacher lesson plan you may print out to use with the video.
Projects:
Begin a US Timeline . You will continue to add to this throughout the year.Constitution Study Help: To make crossword puzzles or matching worksheets for Constitution Vocabulary, go to this website, The Teachers Corner and make them for free!

 

Weeks 9-12 
Books with Literature Pkts: (please ask resource teacher to obtain these)
Sarah Bishop w/packet
Other Suggested Reading:
Of Courage Undaunted
The Story of Sacajawea
The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Streams to the River, River to the Sea: a novel of Sacajawea|
Meet Thomas Jefferson(for these books and more on this subject matter, search the VO library or the Kern County Library system)
Writing:
Constitution Research Paper – see Enrichment Assignment page
Social Studies:
Thomas Jefferson – Monticello
Lewis & Clark study and activities
Williamsburg and early America
Glencoe CA web activities: Study Central – section reviews and vocabulary
Discovery Education- Exploring the West: the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Discovery Education- The Unfinished Nation: Best Laid Plans
Projects:
Timeline continues (see Weeks 1-8 for instructions)


Weeks 13-16
Students will be reading about our young Republic and the decisions and ventures that will expand our country. Topics to be covered will include: the President James Madison and the War of 1812, President James Monroe and the Monroe Doctrine, the Industrial Revolution and the inventors that contributed to it, the Second Great Great Awakening and it’s impact on the U.S., and the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
Books with Literature Pkts:  (please ask resource teacher to obtain these)
Lyddie, w/packet
Additional Reading:
The Great Little Madison
War of 1812

By the Dawn’s Early Light: the Story of the Star-Spangled Banner
The Story of Eli Whitney
Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman
The Erie Canal
The Story of the Erie Canal
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship that Changed the World
( for these books and more on this subject matter, search the VO library or the Kern County Library)
Writing: 
short story (see grid)
Social Studies:
Explore the War of 1812’s famous ship, the U.S.S. Constitution, known as “Old Ironsides on this website.
Glencoe CA web activities: Study Central – section reviews and vocabulary
Projects:
Timeline continues through end of school year. Add important events and dates as you encounter them in your social studies curriculum.
Weeks 17-19
Other Suggested Reading:
Continue reading suggestions from Weeks 13-16.
Writing:
Response to a Poem (see grid). For writing help, see website article, “How to Write a Response to a Poem”.
Social Studies:
Science:
 
Weeks 20-27 
Books with Literature Pkts:  (please ask resource teacher to obtain these)
Across Five Aprils w/packet
Bull Run w/packet
Other Suggested Reading:
For students taking the enrichment class, “Anne Frank & the Holocaust”, the following books and websites are suggested reading for a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and Anne Frank. [br]
Anne Frank: life in Hiding
Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945
Anne Frank: A Hidden Life
Escape: Children of the Holocaust
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps
(for these books and more on this subject matter, search the Valley Oaks Library or the Kern County Library)
The website of the United States Holocaust Museum will be used in the enrichment class and is another great resource for this study. [br]
Writing:
Response to Literature (see grid)
Holocaust Journal (see enrichment assignment page for details)
Social Studies:
Glencoe CA web activities: Study Central – section reviews and vocabulary
Science:
Weeks 28-32
Books with Literature Pkts:  (please ask resource teacher to obtain these)
Dragonwings w/packet
Other Suggested Reading:
Continue book choices from Weeks 20-27.
Lily’s Crossing
Writing:
Technical Ad (see grid)
Social Studies:
Glencoe CA web activities: Study Central – section reviews and vocabulary
Science: Khan Academy’s “Forces & Laws of Motion” 
Writing:
pick from grid options not yet completed – Persuasive Essay, Comparison/Contrast Essay, Describing a Person (see Literature pages suggested on grid).
Social Studies:
Science: Khan Academy’s, “Cosmology & Astronomy”. Pick from several videos on the solar system.