Humanities Year 8

Ms. DeShawn

Mr. Pierre

French Revolution Socratic Seminar.docx

Hi Parents and Students,

I would like to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year! I anticipate that this is going to be an exceptional year. My goal for the 2017-2018 school year is two-fold. First, I hope to make all of my students learn to love Social Studies and second, to help them be successful on each exam.

I am Ms. DeShawn, and this is my first year at EMS. This will be my 17th year in education. I am from the United States of America, and live in the state of South Carolina. I studied Elementary Education at the University of South Carolina. In my free time I enjoy reading, jogging, travel, and the arts. I absolutely can't wait to be your teacher this year. We are going to have an AWESOME time!

Week of 29/04/2018

Short Assessment on World Issues- 03/05/2018

Week of 08/04/2018

Please bring your geography book.

Students will begin studying World Issues.

Week of 11/2/2018- 15/03/2018

*French Revolution Test- 8/03/2018*

  • All key words/definitions.
  • Revolution Begins
  • The Storming of the Bastille
  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man
  • The Accomplishments Of The National Assembly
  • The attempted escape and capture of Louis XVI and his family.
  • Changes in the National Assembly
  • Assault on the Tuileries

Students will be given a project on the French Revolution. The project will be a Socratic Seminar which has four parts that will be due on different dates.

These are tentative dates...they maybe subject to change:

Part 1 is Due 21/02/2018

Part 2 will be completed in class

Class 8-3 11/03/2018

Class 8-1 and 8-2 12/03/2018

Part 3 is Due 14/03/2018

Part 4 is Due 15/03/2018

Week of 04/2/2018

Please bring your history book. We will begin studying the French Revolution.

Week of 21/01/2018

Asia and India Test 25/01/18- Please study your notes and read chapter 4 in your Connections book.

Week of 07/01/2018

Asia and India Brochure Project Due on 04/01/2018

Notebook Due 11/1/18

Week of 07/01/2018

Continue studying the Physical and Human Features of Asia and India


My Expectations for Every Student:

  • I expect every student to have all of their supplies, and be ready to listen and learn once the bells rings.
  • The best way to learn is to participate. My class is interactive learning, and I expect for each student to be engaged and participate to increase their knowledge of the content that is delivered.
  • If you are absent from class, you are responsible for obtaining assignments and notes when you return. Check for assignments on the assignment board. Worksheets and any additional handouts can be obtained from the make-up folder. (You have five school days after an excused absence to make up any missed work.)
  • I expect every student to on their very best behavior while in class. I will not have the learning on other students hindered because one or two students fail to comply with the class rules.

This term your student will begin with the study of Geography.

  • Geography programmes of study: key stage 3 National curriculum in England Purpose of study A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills provide the frameworks and approaches that explain how the Earth’s features at different scales are shaped, interconnected and change over time.


The national curriculum for geography aims to ensure that all pupils:

    • develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes
    • understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time  are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    • collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
    • interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
    • communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Term 1

In Term 1 we will be studying 7 weeks of Geography and 6 weeks of History.


  • What is Geography?
  • What skills do we need to learn Geography?
  • What are the different types of Geography?
  • Map Skills
  • Population
  • India and Asia


  • Unit 1: The Industrial Revolution
  • Unit 2: Expanding Europe (Age of Exploration)- Slave Trade

Enjoy This Video Explaining the Study of Geography

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