Long Branch Middle School

    “Where Children Matter Most”

    Social Studies Grade 8 Syllabus

    Mrs. Hoyle

    Room 1094

    Phone: (732) 229-5533

    Email: khoyle@longbranch.k12.nj.us

    Office Hours: Tuesday 1:30-2:45




    Welcome to American History!

    I would like to welcome you to American History— The more we all know about the history of the world around us, the more we can make sense of the world today.

    Throughout the American History course we will be using many resources to provide a complete history of the United States, from the first Americans through to the Civil War and Reconstruction.

    Goal and Course Objectives:

    Students should leave this class with skills and understandings of the standards for 8th grade as outlined in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

    • develop a strong understanding and appreciation of American History
    • see how American History fits into the larger scope of World History
    • understand how American History influences life today
    • recognize connections between American History and other disciplines
    • build a solid Social Studies and academic vocabulary
    • develop critical thinking skills that support the ability to challenge assumptions, think creatively, and solve real-life problems
    • Read and comprehend complex informational texts independently and proficiently with scaffolding as needed.
    • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
    • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
    • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects, utilizing an inquiry-based research process, based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.


    In eighth grade you will take many steps as you continue to prepare for high school and your future. I am looking forward to taking many steps with you as we pursue a happy and productive year. By working together, we can begin this journey on the right path!

                “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”


    Google Meet Classroom Expectations 

    Attending class via Google Meet will take an adjustment for all, but it is one we can adjust to together!  

    • Use the link provided in our Google Classroom.  This is a recurring meeting, so the same link applies for our class while we are in a remote learning environment.
    • Attend class on time and on your scheduled day.
    • Do your best to make your work area as free from distractions as possible.
    • Please dress appropriately.
    • Upon entering class you can unmute yourself to say hello to your peers and me!
    • Once instruction begins, remain muted, not as a punishment, but as a way to focus our learning. 
    • If you would like to comment, please do. Make use of the comment box, or simply raise your hand to speak.  
    • Please comment in the Google Chat comments if you have to leave in-person instruction for any reason.  
    • Everyone needs a break every now and then, but do not make it a habit of leaving; you can’t learn if you’re not in the room.


    Google Classroom Codes


    Monday US History 8-10  this is your CODE y4pc2el OR copy and past link   https://classroom.google.com/c/MTUzNDA1NTE2NDc5?cjc=y4pc2el

    Thursday 8-10 and 10-12   this is your CODE zndj7x5 OR copy and past link https://classroom.google.com/c/MTUzNDA2MjQxMDE5?cjc=zndj7x5

    Friday 10-12  this is your CODE  b7rqrwm  OR copy and past link https://classroom.google.com/c/MTUzNDA2MjQxMTQ0?cjc=b7rqrwm


     Grading Policy

    Throughout this American History course, there will be many opportunities for learning, growth, and achievement.

    Students will earn their grades based off three distinct categories: 

    • Student to Teacher Engagement - worth 15 points
    • Student to Student Engagement - worth 15 points
    • Student to Content Engagement - worth 20 points


    Students will have an opportunity to earn a maximum of 50 points every two weeks, or cycle, over the course of the 8-week marking period, which is equal to 200 total points.  Student point totals will then be reflected by the following letter grades found by clicking



    • Attendance will be measured through participation in weekly Google Meet meetings and student engagement in assigned tasks.


    Academic Expectations


    • Expect and want to be challenged!
    • Complete and submit all classwork, homework, and long-range assignments on time.
    • Work is to be completed individually, unless otherwise assigned.  Let your thoughts speak for you; do not use someone else’s.
    • Participation is not optional.  Participation, which could be speaking or typing your thoughts, is how you will use and develop your voice.  
    • Be familiar with Google Classroom and check it regularly for assignments and updates. 
    • Be flexible and able to navigate from different websites throughout the course.
    • Arrive on time.
    • Try your best to raise your hand if you have a question, but if the moment gets you, you can get excited and yell out, but not OVER, someone.
    • If you need to get up and stretch or move, just let me know.


    If You Are Absent


    • It is your responsibility to get your assignments.  
    • Work is to be made up before the end of the cycle in order for it to be considered “on time.” 
    • This includes if you are not able to log on due to issues with technology. 
    • Call during office hours or communicate via email if there are problems with your device/technology.




    • Did I complete all my work to the best of my ability? 
    • Did I treat others with respect?
    • Did I follow classroom/Google Meet/school rules and procedures?
    • Did I take responsibility for my actions?
    • Do I need to check in during office hours for make-up work?