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Jeopardy (13 Colonies)


Week of January 13, 2020

8-1 & 8-2-Social Studies (DUE THURSDAY)

  1. Get test signed and returned
  2. 1-2 page writing assignment on WWI. You should put these but are not limited to just these topics. (Beginning of the war, name of the sides and major countries, major battles, how it ended, etc.)


7-1 & 7-2- Social Studies (DUE WEDNESDAY)

  1. Get quiz signed and returned.
  2. 25 Question study guide with separate answer key. (Started in class on Monday)

5-Multiple choice questions

5- true/false questions

5-spiral review questions (European Exploration) 

10-short answer questions

3. Review pages 94 (1-4 “practice the skill”) (Started in class on Tuesday)

     page 96 (1-10) and page 97 (1-4)

4. The test is on Tuesday, January 21


7th Grade Homework for 1/10/2020 (Due MONDAY)

How did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. influence the world?

Minimum 3 pages. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!!



Jeopardy (Imperialism)


Week of January 6, 2020

8-1 and 8-2 Social Studies- 

Due Wednesday:

25 question study guide with separate answer key

5-multiple choice questions

5-True/False questions

5-Spiral Review questions (Immigration and Progressive Era)

10-Short Answer Questions

Due Thursday:

Review Textbook pages (Will Start in class on Tuesday)

Friday is your test.

7-1 & 7-2 Social Studies-

Due Thursday:

Compare/Contrast: New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies. (T-charts, 3 circle venn diagram, etc.)


Vacation Homework

You are to complete the first 20 multiple choice questions on the 2014 NY State exam.

After you complete the first 20 you are required to go to question 45. Answer questions 45-60.

ALL work is to be checked when you return.



Week of December 16, 2019

8-1 & 8-2 Social Studies-Due Thursday

Bring quizzes back signed

7-1 & 7-2 Social Studies

  1. Textbook pages from class due tomorrow 
  2.  7-1 (71-76)
  3.  7-2 (66-70)
  4. Signed quizzes returned Wednesday-Phone call home if they aren’t signed
  5. New map quiz on Thursday-STUDY!!!!!


Week of December 9, 2019

8-1 & 8-2 Social Studies- Due Thursday

Yellow Journalism worksheet

Quiz on Friday on American Imperialism 

7-1 & &-2 Social Studies-Due Thursday

Worksheet on 13 colonies

Quiz on Friday on the actual 13 colonies and their locations

8-1 Religion-Due Thursday 

Pages 34-43-ALL Questions you see must be answered


Week of December 2, 2019

8-1 & 8-2 Social Studies- Due FRIDAY

  1. What is the difference between imperialism and isolationism? Which countries followed which policy?
  2. 1-2 page writing assignment-research United States imperialism. Be sure to include Spanish-American war, acquisitions of Hawaii and Alaska, and anything else you can find.


7-1 & 7-2 Social Studies- Due FRIDAY

1-2 page writing assignment on the 13 colonies. Be sure to include Jamestown, Plymouth, New England colonies, middle colonies, southern colonies. Make sure you talk about geography of each region, how they lived, etc.

8-1 Religion-Due FRIDAY

1-2 page writing on what you’re thankful for this upcoming year (2020) and what you were thankful for in 2019. Provide examples and things you would change about this year.


Jeopardy review for 8th and 7th grade-Test tomorrow

Jeopardy(Immigration and Progressive era)

Jeopardy(Europeans in America)


Week of November 18, 2019

All Social Studies classes (8-1, 8-2, 7-1, 7-2)

Test on Friday

8th- Immigration and Progressive era

7th- European Colonization 

Jeopaardy on Thursday

Religion- 8-1 (Due Friday)

Compare/Contrast: Judiasm and Catholicism 

minimum 5 details for each


Week of November 11, 2019 (Due Thursday)

8-1 & 8-2Social Studies-create a 25 question with a separate answer key


5 questions- multiple choice

5 questions- true/false

5 questions- spiral review (Reconstruction)

10-short answer questions 

7-1 & 7-2- Social Studies: 25 question study with separate answer key


5 questions: multiple choice

5 questions: true/false

5 questions: a spiral review (earliest civilizations in North and South America)

10 questions: short answer

8-1 Religion: pages 33-43 in the workbook. (Answer ALL questions as you see them)


Week of October 29, 2019 (Due Friday)

8-1 & 8-2- Social Studies– Quiz on Friday (Big Business, Labor unions, immigration, etc)

8-1- Religion– Quiz on the prayer of Saint Francis tomorrow

7-1 & 7-2Social Studies– Quiz on Friday (European explorers and Spain)


Week of October 21, 2019 (Due Friday)

8-1 & 8-2-Social Studies- Review notes on Labor unions, big business etc. A quiz is next week

8-1-Religion-Begin studying and practicing the prayer of St. Francis. Quiz is next week.

  1. Create your own prayer to God. Something that helps you feel connected to him.

7-1 & 7-2-Social Studies– Review notes on European Colonization, Pizarro, Cortez, and the Conquistadors. The quiz is next week. 


Week of October 14, 2019 (ALL WORK IS DUE FRIDAY)

8-1 & 8-2= 1. compare/contrast: Knights of Labor & American Federation of Labor

2. a) Who is John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie? What were they in control of? Provide at least two details for each.

b) Who are Muckrakers? Name two of them and what they were known for.

c) What was the spoils system? Answer in full details.

d) Who is Boss Tweed and what was he known for?

8-1 Religion– Quiz on Thursday


7-1 & 7-2= 1. Compare/contrast two different European explorers 

2. a) Did Christopher Columbus really find America? How do you know?

b) Who was America really named after? 

c) What happened to Ferdinand Magellan? What was his crew known for?


Week of October 7, 2019 (ALL WORK IS DUE ON THURSDAY)

8-1 & 8-2= 1-2 page writing assignment on Progressive era.

Be sure to include: spoils system, muckrakers (upton sinclair-the jungle), oil and steel monopolies, new and old immigrants, labor unions.


7-1 & 7-2= 1-2 page writing assignment on European Colonization. 

Be sure to include: Britain, Spain, France, Netherlands. Mention Columbus, Pizarro and Cortez 

8-1-Religion: 1-2 page writing on why the Earth was created and which opinion do you agree with?

pages 30-31 (All work on a separate piece of paper) 


Week of September September 30, 2019


Jeopardy (Early Civilizations)

8-1 & 8-2= Test on Reconstruction on Friday 

Jeopardy on Thursday

7-1 & 7-2= Test on Friday on Early Civilizations

Jeopardy on Thursday


8-1-Religion-pages 30-31 (Separate sheet of paper)


Week of September 23, 2019

8-1 and 8-2= Writing due on Thursday

Get quiz signed and returned.

Now that you have learned about Reconstruction I want to hear what you thought about this long process. What were some pros and cons of Reconstruction? Which part of Reconstruction meant the most to you? Why? Do you think the Radical Republicans accomplished what they set out to do? Why or why not?

Minimum one page in length. Answer ALL questions. Use details from the text to support your answer.

8-1 Religion-pages 18-19 in “Old Testament” book

Answers must be written in your notebook not in the workbook.


7-1 & 7-2= Due Thursday

Get quiz signed and returned 

Answer the following questions:

  1. What was the name of the block of ice that the earliest Americans walked across?
  2. Name and describe both theories on how the earliest Americans came to North and South America?
  3. Compare/contrast life of women within Iroquois and Algonquin society.
  4. Why do different people have different life styles and traditions? 
  5. Briefly describe ALL seven culture areas we discussed in class.


Week of September 16, 2019

8-1 and 8-2=  Compare/Contrast: Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws (you may use a venn diagram, t-chart, etc)

Due Friday

Quiz on Friday on Reconstruction 


7-1 and 7-2= Compare/Contrast: Any of the seven culture areas from class. Choose three and compare and contrast them. (Far North, Far West, South West, Great Plains, Eastern Woodlands, South East, North West)

Quiz on Friday on Early civilizations in the Americas


Week of September 9, 2019


8-1 and 8-2= 1-2 page write up on Reconstruction.

Be sure to include: Jim Crow laws, Black Codes, Amendments 13-15, Life for freedmen in the south.


7-1 and 7-2= 1-2 page write up on the Earliest Americans in the Americas. 

Be sure to include: Land Bridge Theory, Coastal Route Theory, Life of different Native American Tribes across the entire U.S. (Ex: Northwest, Eastern Woodlands, Great Plains, etc)

Homework for Vacation 8-1 & 8-2

Posted on December 29, 2019

You are to complete the first 20 multiple choice questions on the 2014 NY State exam.

After you complete the first 20 you are required to go to question 45. Answer questions 45-60.

ALL work is to be checked when you return.



Math Homework 8-1

Posted on October 22, 2019

October 22, 2019

Do page from your Math textbook in your noteboook.

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