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Grade 8 Social Studies

Course Outline
Welcome to Grade 8 Social Studies at Linden Meadows! There are some important
pieces of information that you need to know to prepare you for the year. Remember,
you can always ask Ms. Nilmalgoda if you are confused about something.
The Manitoba Grade 8 Social Studies curriculum consists of specific learning
outcomes that you, the student, must meet. Our course consists of the following units:
1. World View (Mini Unit)
2. Early Civilizations (Mini Unit)

3. Ancient Egypt
4. Ancient Greece
5. Ancient Rome

Contact Information

Email: rnilmalgoda@pembinatrails.ca

Homework Online: http://msnilmalgoda.weebly.com


(This website will include major handouts and deadlines.)

Course Expectations

Show up! The student must come to class on time with the required materials. Being
there and being ready to learn are the first two steps to success!

Do your part! Engage in the learning. Be an active participant in class. Complete


all assigned work on time. Review for tests. Ask questions and share your ideas. Be
creative and make mistakes. Think, reflect, and make connections to the real
world.
It is the students responsibility to catch up on what he or she may have missed due
to an absence. If absent, your options are: ask your teacher for the assignment or
missed notes, ask a friend to borrow their notes, or check homework on-line.

Get your parents involved! You are responsible for sharing tests, quizzes,
assignments, and projects with your parents/guardians. All other class updates will
be made on my online classroom!

RESPECT! Take care of all materials used in the course. Display appropriate
classroom behaviour. BE KIND to one another. We all learn better in a friendly and
cooperative environment!

TRY YOUR BEST and HAVE FUN!!! (Yes, this IS possible in school.)

Evaluation

For each unit, you may be assessed on the following: reflection journal entries,
research, assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests.

Your report card is divided into the following sections, and you will be marked
accordingly.
Knowledge and Understanding
Research and Communication
Critical Thinking and Citizenship

50%
25%
25%

Term marks are an indication of student progress evident at the end of each term,
and all are cumulative from September, including the final mark.

Your everyday work will be marked on a four-point scale:

Score

Corresponding
Percent

Description

4.0

90-100%

In addition to 3.0 performance, includes in-depth inferences and


applications that go beyond what was taught; superior high level
thinking and sophistication.

3.5

81-89%

In addition to 3.0 performance, partial success at inferences and


applications that go beyond what was taught; some evidence of
independent thinking.

3.0

76-80%

No major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and/or


processes that were explicitly taught.

2.5

71-75%

No major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and


processes; partial understanding of complex ideas and processes.

2.0

66-70%

No major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes


but major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and
processes.

1.5

61-65%

Partial understanding of simpler details; major errors or omissions


regarding more complex ideas and processes.

1.0

56-60%

With help, partial understanding of simpler details and processes; with


help, partial understanding of more complex ideas.

0.5

51-55%

With help, partial understanding of simpler details and processes; no


understanding of complex ideas.

<50%

Even with help, very little understanding or skill demonstrated at this


time.

I look forward to working with you this year! J