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    Name: Linda Rygielski!
    Phone: (908) 852-8554 ext. 837
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    United States of America
     
     
     
     
    Welcome to Mrs. Rygielski's 8th grade  Social Studies class where you will learn to MAKE YOUR LIFE EXTRAORDINARY  because as in the words of our National AIr and Space Program "FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION"
     
     
     
     
              
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    •          OVERVIEW 
        Please think of our class as a Humanities Class -- a journey that helps us understand where we were, where we are and where we are going!!!!

    This class is the study of "US"   
    • We will see what we were up to in America between the years 1787 and 1865.
    • We formatted a Constitution and created a government unlike any other 
    • We expanded our holdings moving westward creating towns, cities and societies that would  plant the roots which would allow
    • future generations to sprout wings that took our nation to the top -- a power to be reckoned with.
    • Lewis and Clark , George Washington,James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln are
    • just some of  the characters who had leading roles in the creation of "US"
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           CONTENT OVERVIEW :
                                                             
     
    ·      U.S. CONSTITUTION :THE LAW OF THE LAND

    ·       THE PREAMBLE

    ·       THE SEVEN ARTICLES THAT MAKE UP THE CONSTITUTION

    ·       THE BILL OF RIGHTS

    ·       THE 27 AMENDMENTS

    ·       THE SIX BIG IDEAS IN THE CONSTITUTION

    ·       HOW DO WE ELECT A PRESIDENT

    ·       ELECTORAL COLLEGE: IS IT A SCHOOL?

    ·       POLITICAL PARTIES: NO THESE ARE NOT PARTIES AS IN BALLOONS AND PRESENTS! 

    ·       WHAT IS A POLITICAL PLATFORM

    ·       DEMOCRACY: OUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT

    ·       A REPUBLIC: ALSO OUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT!

     ·      DEMOCRATS VS. REPUBLICANS

    ·       FEDERALIST AND FEDERALISM

    ·       AND:

    ·       GEORGE WASHINGTON 'S ADMINSITRATION

    ·       SHAY'S REBELLION

    •  WHISKEY REBELLION        

    ·       THE FIRST CABINET

    ·       HAMILTON S FINANCIAL PLAN

                                    AND... 

     

    • ·      PRECIDENTS SET BY THE FIRST PRESIDENT
    •          WAR  OF 1812
    •           TEXAS REBELLION
    •           INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
    •           WAR WITH MEXICO
    •            SLAVERY
    •            THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH
    •            CAUSES OF THE CIVIL WAR: A COUNTRY DIVIDED
    •             THE CIVIL WAR/ THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES !!!

     

    IN CLASS EXPECT: 
    •  Evidence Based Writing
     Here you the student will be thinking and reading as writers. Our non-fiction Units will cover a variety of writing personas : narrative, persuasive, explanatory ; ALL EVIDENCE BASED. !!   We will write several  research papers and essays. 
    You will write in a Writers Notebook. in which you will also take notes.   You will write to share your opinions, your ideas and your thoughts .You will even pen a poem or few
     
     
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    EVIDENCE BASED READING?/ iNFORMATIONAL tEXT

      THIS INCLUDES:

    NON-FICTION AND NEWS ARTICLES

    DBQ - DOCUMENT BASED INFORMATION

    GRAPHS, MAPS 

    NON-FICTION READINGS

     

    BLENDED LEARNING LABs

    YOU WILL USE TECHNOLOGY AS WELL AS PAPER AND PENCIL AS A TOOL TO LEARN TO RESEARCH, TO VERIFY INFORMATION, AND SOURCES AND TO FACT CHECK ALL AND I MEAN ALL YOUR INFORMATION. 

    YOU WILL DEBATE AND LEARN TO DEFEND YOUR CLAIM AND YOUR PERSPECTIVE.

    HOWEVER, YOUR PERSPECTIVE NEEDS TO BE BACKED BY FACT !  

    Liberty and Justice for All