8th Grade Team
Mrs. Bozich - ELA/Writing
Mrs. DeBartolo-ELA/Reading
Mr. Bronson- Math
Mr. Peebles - Social Studies
Mrs. St. John-Science
Mr. Alexander- Learning Counselor


8th Grade Social Studies
Mr. Peebles
mpeebles@sd171.org
Phone Ext. 2225

ABOUT ME
  • Experience
    • Heritage Middle School, 2014-Present
  • Education
    • Completing a Masters Degree in Secondary Education at Chicago State University
    • Bachelors of Arts in History with a Minor in English at Northern Illinois University, Fall 2004
  • Extra-Curricular Involvements
    • 7th/8th Grade Girl's Basketball
    • 6th/7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Track & Field 
    • Pride Plus
CLASS DESCRIPTION

8th Grade U.S. History is an exploration into the birth and development of America with a special focus on geography, economy, government, military, foreign affairs, current events, and people who helped shape the nation. 

The textbook series that we will use is titled, "Creating America:  A History of the United States."  We will also be using supplemental material as well. 

SUPPLIES
  • Agenda
  • 5 Subject Notebook
  • Pencils
  • Pens
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

MUST PASS THE U.S. CONSTITUTION TEST WITH A 70% OR BETTER

MUST PASS THE ILLINOIS CONSTITUTION TEST

8TH GRADE SPRINGFIELD TRIP 

8th grade students have the opportunity to take a trip to Springfield, Illinois and learn about the life of Abraham Lincoln & our state government.  Our first stop will be at New Salem State Park where students tour an interactive settlement to learn about how people lived during the 1800's.  Students will eat lunch afterwards, before splitting into groups to continue our activities for the day.  Students will have the opportunity to visit the Lincoln Museum in downtown Springfield, take a tour of Lincoln's Tomb, and enjoy a walk-thru of the Illinois State Capitol Building before enjoying dinner at the Golden Corral.      

TEST-TAKING TIPS

1. Read ALL directions carefully.
2. Read ALL questions carefully.
3. Be sure you know what is being asked.
4. Look at all the choices before you answer. 
5. Eliminate answers that you know are wrong.
6. Paraphrase the questions.
7. Think carefully.
8. Check your work. 

EFFECTIVE STUDY SKILLS
  • Pay attention in class
  • Take good notes
  • Keep an organized notebook for each subject
  • Know the purpose of each assignment
  • Ask questions in class
  • REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW!  It can help you retain 80% of the information.
  • Plan a definite time & place to study each day. 
  • Study for awhile and take short breaks.
  • DON'T cram for hours the night before a test.
  • Study a little bit each day
  • Think positive & do your best!
QUOTES

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men" - F. Douglass

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - Benjamin Franklin

"Never admitting you're wrong does not equal always being right."

"Make an effort, not an excuse."

"Listen and silent have the same letters."