ELA and SC History Classes

Welcome to 8th grade ELA and Social Studies.
Social Studies:
The focus of Social Studies is to learn about the role of South Carolina in our nation's history.  Topics include the founding of America, the creation of government, global and domestic conflicts in the 19th and 20th centuries, social changes, and modern events.  In this course, we'll act as historians to do critical thinking and analysis with the aim of understanding our country an state's complex and rich history.


Language Arts:
The focus of ELA is to formulate relevant, self-generated questions based on interests and/or needs that can be investigated.  Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.  Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, well-chosen details, and well structured event sequences.  Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.  Write independently, legibly, and routinely for a variety of tasks, purposes, and audiences over short and extended time frames.  Interact with others to explore ideas and concepts, communicate meaning, and develop logical interpretations through collaborative conversations; build upon the ideas of others to clearly express one’s own views while respecting diverse perspectives.  Articulate ideas, claims, and perspectives in a logical sequence using information, findings, and credible evidence from sources. Communicate information through strategic use of multiple modalities and multimedia to enrich understanding when presenting ideas and information. Critique how a speaker addresses content and uses craft techniques that stylistically and structurally inform, engage, and impact audience and convey messages. Finally, Incorporate craft techniques to engage and impact audience and convey messages.