8th Grade 1- Mr. Duffy

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Link to the New York State Science Exams: Test is taken end of May and beginning of June. Be sure to check out the old tests. Tests from 2012 on is more common core aligned. I would focus on them.



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)

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