What will we be studying?
Our journey through American history will begin with early colonization. From there, we will explore the Revolutionary War and Declaration of Independence. Then, we will study George Washington and the creation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We will then move west as our nation expanded. We will learn about the conflict between the North and South, which resulted in the Civil War. We will end our year with Reconstruction, or how the nation was rebuilt after the devastation of the war.
Will my child have a lot of homework?
No, probably not. Usually, homework is an assignment that we began in class and needs to be finished for the following day. A lot of times, students complete most of their work in class and only have a little bit to finish.
What kind of work will my student be doing in class?
We do use the textbook quite often, so it will be an important resource both at school and at home. I also assign journal entries on the topics we study. Journals are kept in the classroom and are part of our class work. I use a variety of individual work, informal partner or group work and cooperative learning in my classroom, so your child may be working alone or with others on assignments. I keep students very busy during class since we have a lot of ground to cover. Assessments are typically given every 10 days or so depending on how quickly we cover material, snow days/delays, etc.
How can I help my student be successful?
Ask your child frequently about what we are working on in social studies. Simply talking about these topics can help students better understand them. There are several websites that can provide additional information on what we are studying. Some examples are: National Archives (www.archives.gov), Social Studies for Kids (www.socialstudiesforkids.com), HippoCampus (www.hippocampus.org), History Channel (www.history.com). And of course, always encourage your student to do his or her absolute best!
How can I contact Mrs. Neal?
Feel free to call the school and leave a message for me. Zanesville Middle School’s phone number is 740-453-0711. I do check my email a couple times a day, so that is also an excellent way to contact me. My email address is [email protected]. Contact me if you have questions or if you would like to know how your student is progressing. I would love to hear from you!