Social Studies (8th Grade) at
Course Syllabus: Georgia History and the American Experience
Teachers: Mr. Mike Dorsey
(BA & BS,
Team 8-2, Room 2024
School Phone: 404-802-3200
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Course Description: Throughout the year, students will study the geography, government, and history of
Course Objectives: Students will examine various social studies themes, including how people adapt to and change their environment, historical cause and effect, and the cultural responsibilities of a citizen in a democratic society. The social studies skills that will be practiced include information processing, chronology, map skills, and interpretation of historical sources. Gifted and Talented students will be provided appropriate differentiated instruction to help gifted students reach their maximum potential. The exact activities will be determined according to the students’ various needs paired with the required
(1) Students are required to bring the following items to EVERY CLASS:
· Pens (blue or black ink) and pencils (mechanical, with extra lead)
· three ring binder with plenty of loose-leaf paper & divider
· Portable USB drive (for storing projects and other assignments)
· colored pencils, highlighter, and glue stick (strongly recommended)
(2) Special projects, quizzes (weekly), and tests (every 2-4 weeks) will be given. Most projects will require art supplies and/or computer access.
(3) Gifted Students are required to maintain at least “B”.
(4) Active participation in all class activities and discussions, along with the completion of all assignments, is extremely important for success!
Behavior Expectations: Students are expected to abide by the rules of conduct and behavior set by APS and
Course Evaluation and Grading: Student grades will be based on several components.
**Assignments must be turned in on time!! NO late homework accepted except in the case of an excused absence. Late classwork and projects may be accepted with a 25% penalty. Make-up work must be turned in within 5 school days.
The school-wide grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100 Excellent Achievement
B = 80-89 Above Average Achievement
C = 70-79 Average Achievement
F = 0-69 Failure to Achieve
Conferences and After School Tutoring:
Mr. Dorsey: Monday 3:45-4:45 pm
Please make an appointment for all parent-teacher conferences by contacting the designated teacher on your team via email. If email is not available, you may call the front office and leave a message.
Special Note: The teacher reserves the right to adjust any section of the syllabus at any time during the semester to more adequately meet the needs of the students.
Website: For more information about this class, assignments, and other announcements, please visit the Inman website.