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  • 1.      Mrs. Mello's 8th Grade                                         Social Studies Class W E L C O M E !
  • 2.              21st Century Learning
    The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student.New Jersey is committed to preparing students to live and work effectively in the 21st century as evidenced by the vision, mission and goals of the Office of Academic Standards.
  • 3.                21st Century Learning        Learning and Innovation Skills
    • In the 21st century, learning and innovation skills are being distinguished as the component 
    • that separates students who are prepared for school success, life and work environments.  
    • In my class we will focus on creativity, critical thinking and communication, all crucial factors to prepare students for the future.
  • 4. Our textbook is:  Call To Freedom. It comes with a great Cd  for the students to practice  activities at home.
  • 5. Social Studies Topics - 8th Grade History    
    • First Semester:
      • American Beginnings
      • New Empires in the Americas
      • The English Colonies
      • The American Revolution
      • Forming a Government
      • Citizenship and the Constitution 
    • Second Semester:
      • The Expanding Nation
      • The North and The South
      • Westward Expansion and War
      • A Divided Nation
      • The Civil War
      • Reconstitution
  • 6. What skills will we learn?
      • Critical Thinking
      • Analytical Thinking
      • Comprehensive Thinking
      • Reading
      • Writing
      • Research/Cross Curriculum Skills
    How will technology be used in our class?  
      • Computers
      • Software
      • Maps/globes
      • Video/DVD/Movies
      • Political Cartoons
      • Trips to museums/galleries
  • 7.                    CURRENT EVENTS PROJECT 
    • The students are required to complete a current events project by the end of the 1st semester. This activity will encourage them to read newspapers, national periodicals like Time and Newsweek, and internet websites such as The students will increase their critical thinking skills and also become better citizens by being more aware of what is happening in the world.
    • Requirements:
      • Choose a topic: local news, world news, government, weather, education, technology, or ask me if another topic is allowed.
      • Research: Use the internet, newspapers, articles, magazine or videos.
      • Write an essay:
      • What is happening because of this event?
      • Who is it going to effect?
      • How is it going to affect a population or possibly YOU?
      • What about this event makes it important?
  • 8. Diversity in Our Classroom! Life and Career Skills Strand:  Social and Cross-Cultural Skills Social Studies is a great subject to teach diversity because it deals with real life issues and people. As a teacher I will incorporate diversity through project-based assignments.  Most students are not aware of how American society is affected by other cultures. For an activity students will research foreign influences of food, clothes and music on American culture and do presentations in class.  
  • 9. If you have any questions and/or concerns feel free to contact me by calling the school or via email:                          [email_address]     Eu falo Portugues fluente, para os pais que tem dificuldades com a lingua inglesa.   Yo hablo Espanhol para ayudar los paders que tienen dificuldades com el ingles.     Thank you for coming to "Back to School Night!"