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8th Grade Social Studies


                                    8th Grade Social Studies


Teacher: Mr. Carl Alioto

Contact Information: calioto

Curriculum Goals & Objectives:

In eighth grade, students will start an in-depth study of the ideas, issues, and events from the framing of the Constitution up to the Civil War. After students become familiar with the events and philosophies behind the foundation of the United States, students will trace the development of American politics, society, culture, and the economy. In addition, students will become familiar with how our government is run today. Are we upholding the values our forefathers had hoped for when signing the Constitution?

I would like to encourage anyone who has any relevant history material or resources to please come and share them with us.

  • Titles for the units covered:
  • Foundations of American History
  • The Constitution of the United States
  • The New Republic
  • The Nation Expands and Changes
  • Civil War and Reunion
  • An Age of Industry

Late Work:

Due dates are set for my and the students’ convenience, so time is available for grading and feedback. Please refer to the Jr. High Student Handbook for missing and/or late assignments.


A point system will be used to keep track of student successes in all classes. Objective evaluation reflects the percentage earned and a letter grade based upon the Diocesan scale.

  • Assessments FOR learning: an evaluation tool used to guide and monitor the progress of student learning during instruction. Its purpose is to provide continuous feedback to both the student and the teacher concerning learning successes and progress toward mastery.

  • Assessments OF learning: an evaluation tool generally used at the end of an assignment, unit, project, or chapter. These types of assessments are more formal kinds of assessments (e.g., unit tests, final exams, projects, reports, and presentations) and are typically used to evaluate student mastery of intended learning outcomes.

Assignment Posting on the St. Mary Website:

Tests, quizzes, large projects and assignments will be posted on my website.


America: History of Our Nation, Prentice Hall, 2006.

Videos and other secondary books and Internet activities/resources will be used as supplemental material.