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Brittany Wallace
W117
US History Teacher/Coach

Contact Me:
Email: brittany.wallace@misd.org
Phone: (936) 276-3300
Voicemail: 936-276-2001 (ext 83331)

Conference Time: 8:16 - 9:01

Tutoring: Mornings before school except for Monday and Thursday.  If help is needed after school see Ms. Morgan or Mrs. Isaac!

Coach Wallace

Hi! I am Coach Wallace and I teach US History and coach volleyball, basketball, and Tennis.  I grew up in Montgomery (K-12er) and graduated from Montgomery High School in 2006.  In 2010 I graduated from Sam Houston with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in History.  In 2014 I graduated with a Masters in Health Education from Texas A&M.  I have been lucky enough to have spent my entire career up until this point at Montgomery Junior High.  I joined the MJH staff in 2010 and will be starting my 10th year this school year.

All notes/work can be found in the 'Calendar' Tab.  Textbook and Remind information can be found in the 'Resources' tab. If you have any questions or concerns please email me at brittany.wallace@misd.org!

Coach Wallace's Schedule

1st Period - 7th Athletics - 7:20 - 8:12
2nd Period - Conference - 8:16 - 9:01
3rd Period - On Level US History - 9:05 - 9:52
4th Period - Pre-AP US History - 9:56 - 10:41
5th Period - Pre-AP US History - 10:45 - 11:45
6th Period - Pre-AP US History - 12:17 - 1:02
7th Period - On Level US History - 1:06 - 1:51
8th Period - 8th Athletics - 1:55 - 2:40

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Grey: Applies to both On Level and and Pre-AP US History classes
Purple: Applies to Pre-AP US History
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8th Grade U.S. History
Coach Wallace
Email:  Brittany.wallace@misd.org
Voicemail:  936.276.2001, ext 83331
Main MJH Number 936.276.3300

  Dear Parents,

Welcome to the world of 8th grade!  My name is Brittany Wallace and I am excited for the opportunity to work with your child in studying the history of our nation.   We will be studying American History from the Pre-Columbian Age to the Post-Civil War period of Reconstruction.    In addition to providing students with factual knowledge, this course is designed to help students develop critical-thinking skills, and to provide an awareness of the social consequences of events in history.  Most 8th-graders don't know how to study very effectively and this is a gap that will need to be filled this year and on into high school.

You are probably aware that 8th grade social studies is a state assessed subject.  Beginning in Spring 2012 students began taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™)   This state assessment has increased the rigor and the performance standards for all grades, subjects, and courses.  It is impossible to prepare students for this type of assessment merely by having them memorize history facts.  You can help your student excel in history by asking questions that make them think past the facts and analyze the content.  History should be a challenge for the inquisitive mind, not on the memory.

In order for students to be successful in this course, it is important that they have the proper materials daily and come to class prepared to work.   It is imperative that all work be completed and turned in on time  I recommend visiting my website often (accessed through MJH home page) to keep up with class information.

I expect students to be Respectful, to take Responsibility, and to accept being Accountable.  To help them achieve this, our classroom rules include the following:

•Students shall be seated and ready for class/working on Warm-up when the tardy bell rings.

•Students are required to bring all supplies to class every day.

•Students will respect the rights of others to learn.

•Students will respect the rights of teachers during the teaching/learning process.

•Students will respect the property of others (students, teachers, and the school).

Supplies (these are needed every day):

  • 1 inch Plastic Binder by Monday August 19th  – this may be kept in the classroom
  • 5 Tab dividers
  • Something to Write With
  • Highlighter
  • Box of Map Pencils
  • Paper reinforcements (these help papers stay in place a little better)

NOTE: A set of textbooks will be kept in the classroom but students may access an online textbook for homework. (Instructions for registering for on-line book are on my website, under Resources!)

Grading and Student Success

Grading:       Major Grades (projects and tests) – 60%
                   Daily Work and Homework – 20%
                   Quizzes and Warm Ups – 20%

Extra Credit/Recovering Credit Opportunities:

  • Read Historical Fiction Book OR Listen to a History Based Podcast
    Write a 5 paragraph essay and receive a 100 Major Grade

                            (1 time per grading period)

  • Make a minimum of 30 Flashcards before test(Receive 5 extra points on test)

  • Reteach/Retest:  Some tests will have this option if score is below 70 (Pre-AP: 75).  Maximum grade to be received will be a 70 (Pre-AP: 75).

  • Warm Up Test Corrections:  Complete form and return by due date for ½ credit back for each question. ) On-Level ONLY

If a student fails a test due to cheating, student loses opportunity to do test corrections.
Not all tests may have test correction points offered.  Regaining credit is a privilege, not a right.

**In order to remain in Pre-AP US History you must make a 70 or higher for the 6 weeks.  If a 70 is not maintained you will be moved to On Level US History.  Stay on top of your work!**

8th Grade U.S. History
Coach Wallace
Email:  Brittany.wallace@misd.org
Voicemail:  936.276.2001, ext 83331
Main MJH Number: 936.276.3300

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the world of 8th grade!  My name is Brittany Wallace and I am excited for the opportunity to work with your child in studying the history of our nation.   We will be studying American History from the Pre-Columbian Age to the Post-Civil War period of Reconstruction.    In addition to providing students with factual knowledge, this course is designed to help students develop critical-thinking skills, and to provide an awareness of the social consequences of events in history.  Most 8th-graders don't know how to study very effectively and this is a gap that will need to be filled this year and on into high school.

You are probably aware that 8th grade social studies is a state assessed subject.  Beginning in Spring 2012 students began taking the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™)   This state assessment has increased the rigor and the performance standards for all grades, subjects, and courses.  It is impossible to prepare students for this type of assessment merely by having them memorize history facts.  You can help your student excel in history by asking questions that make them think past the facts and analyze the content.  History should be a challenge for the inquisitive mind, not on the memory.

In order for students to be successful in this course, it is important that they have the proper materials daily and come to class prepared to work.   It is imperative that all work be completed and turned in on time  I recommend visiting my website often (accessed through MJH home page) to keep up with class information.

I expect students to be Respectful, to take Responsibility, and to accept being Accountable.  To help them achieve this, our classroom rules include the following:

•Students shall be seated and ready for class/working on Warm-up when the tardy bell rings.

•Students are required to bring all supplies to class every day.

•Students will respect the rights of others to learn.

•Students will respect the rights of teachers during the teaching/learning process.

•Students will respect the property of others (students, teachers, and the school).

Supplies (these are needed every day):

  • 1 inch Plastic Binder by Monday August 19th  – this may be kept in the classroom
  • 5 Tab dividers
  • Something to Write With
  • Highlighter
  • Box of Map Pencils
  • Paper reinforcements (these help papers stay in place a little better)

NOTE: A set of textbooks will be kept in the classroom but students may access an online textbook for homework. (Instructions for registering for on-line book are on my website, under Resources!)

Grading and Student Success

Grading:      Major Grades (projects and tests) – 60%
                   Daily Work and Homework – 20%
                   Quizzes and Warm Ups – 20%

Extra Credit/Recovering Credit Opportunities:

  • Read Historical Fiction Book OR Listen to a History Based Podcast
    Write a 5 paragraph essay and receive a 100 Major Grade

                            (1 time per grading period)

  • Make a minimum of 30 Flashcards before test(Receive 5 extra points on test)

  • Reteach/Retest:  Some tests will have this option if score is below 70 (Pre-AP: 75).  Maximum grade to be received will be a 70 (Pre-AP: 75).
  • Warm Up Test Corrections:  Complete form and return by due date for ½ credit back for each question. ) On-Level ONLY

If a student fails a test due to cheating, student loses opportunity to do test corrections.
Not all tests may have test correction points offered.  Regaining credit is a privilege, not a right.

To sign up for Text Reminders from Coach Wallace do the following:
TEXT  81010
MESSAGE Should Read  @usmjh
Push SEND


Link to US History Online Textbook
https://sso.rumba.pearsoncmg.com/sso/login?profile=eb&service=https://k12integrations.pearsoncmg.com/ca/dashboard.htm&EBTenant=misd-tx

TEXTBOOK User Names/Passwords:
Student User Names are:  s12345 (student id#)
Student Passwords are: password1
Unless students changed password for another class, the above should work.



Cell Phone Policy at MJH:
Students may use their cell phones before/after school, during lunches, and between classes.  Cell phones MUST be put out of sight while in the classroom unless the teacher gives permission for use for educational purposes.  Parents, please help your student by not texting them during class!
Here is an overview of what we will cover in US History this year....

 

Colonial Era - 1607-1775

The 13 English Colonies are settled in North America, starting with the settlement of Jamestown.  This era ends with the start of the American Revolution.

Revolutionary Era - 1776-1781

The 13 colonies declare independence from England, Fight the American Revolution, and write the Articles of Confederation. The United States become a Nation.

The New Republic - 1789-1828

The United States government, with George Washington as its first president, took shape.  The country begins to expand, and its economy begins to develop.

Nationalism /Westward Expansion - 1829-1853

Democratic rights are extended to more Americans under Andrew Jackson the 7th president.  The United States expanded from the Atlantic to the Pacific ocean, under the idea of Manifest Destiny.

The Civil War/Reconstruction Era - 1850’s-1877

Disputes about the growth of slavery, as well as other conflicts, led to the Civil War between the North and South.  The era ended with Reconstruction, when the North and South reunited as one nation.

 

Extra Credit Opportunities

Example of Test Corrections

Note: Test corrections provide students an opportunity to learn concepts not previously mastered for a test.  All U.S. History tests can include previously taught material.  Additionally, the STAAR test covers all 8th grade curriculum.  Test corrections are one way for students to improve their overall test grade by earning half credit for missed questions but also to reinforce the ability to recall factual information for future tests.

2013 STAAR Released Test
2013 STAAR Released Test KEY

2014 STAAR Released Test
2014 STAAR Released Test KEY

2015 STAAR Released Test

2016 STAAR Released Test
2016 STAAR Released Test KEY

2017 STAAR Released Test
2017 STAAR Released Test KEY

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It is best to contact me during my conference period (8:16 - 9:01).

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