Suggested Supplies

    1. Composition Notebook: For notes and one-way class handouts (not spiral bound notebook)
    2. Tape/Glue Sticks: For securing one-way handouts in notebook
    3. Pens/Pencils/Highlighters/Erasers
    4. Book to Read

    Arizona law requires that public schools provide supplies required for academic success. This list represents optional, supplementary items, which you may supply, at your discretion. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

    We also are asking students to donate clearning supplies (personal handsanitzers, classroom handsanitizers, and cleaning wipes) if at all possible

Course Objectives from the Arizona State Standards:

  • Eighth Grade History Strands emphasize the historical foundations and democratic principles that framed our Constitution and led to our form of democracy. The history of World War II to the contemporary world is also studied.

    Arizona State Standards can be referenced at

    This year we are continuing the implementation of the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. These standards emphasize literacy and mathematics skills in all curricular areas. Social Studies classes will focus on analysis of primary source documents and supporting analysis with text-dependant written answers.

    Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards can be referenced at


    The Arizona Department of Education sets the curriculum that is taught in each grade level. The content taught in eighth grade social studies includes some sensitive subjects that may be disturbing to some children. Please discuss and monitor your child’s understanding of the material.

Grading and Percentage Weights of Assignments

    1. Classwork / Bellwork / Participation/Projects/ Close Reads/Long Term Assignments 40%
      • To fully succeed in class, each student must be an active participant. This requires that they utilize class time efficiently and to the best of their academic ability. Projects consist of any assignment that progresses over a period of 3 or more days and is made up of multiple components.Homework assignments are those given at the end of the period for independent practice. Time in class is expected to be used appropriately. Homework is rarely collected early.
    2. Assessments: 60%
      • Assessments include informal formative evaluations, pop quizzes, unit or chapter quizzes, summative unit exams and semester finals.

Classroom Expectations

  • For the first quarter (August 3 - October 9) all course content and lessons will be provided virtually through Canvas. We will be posting recorded videos, lessons, interactive links and activities, as well as conducting live Zoom classes throughout the school day. Schedules will be posted on Canvas once it has been approved. To hopefully clear up any confusion, ALL students will receive virtual instruction during the first quarter; you do not need to enroll your child in the DV Online Academy to participate in instruction with your PH teachers.
    For attendance purposes, students are expected to do at least one of the following on a daily basis:
    • Log in to canvas for daily updates/assignments
    • Participate in Zoom lessons
    • Complete assigned lessons
    • Interact with each teacher in some way (Zoom, email, submit assignment, etc.)
    For grading purposes, students will need to access course material through each teacher's Canvas and follow instructions/due dates for assignments. Parents and students can always message us with any questions regarding assignments. Please note: students enrolled in the DV Online Academy are also encouraged to participate in "live" lessons, but may have alternate due dates according to the online program.

Course Content

  • The 8th grade Social Studies program focuses on Citizenship And Civic Engagement In Today’s Society. The content focus will be viewed through civic and economic lenses. Citizenship and civic engagement will be taught through inquiry. Eighth grade students will make connections between historical and current/recent issues as a base for implementing change in society. Students will recognize and practice their roles and responsibilities as both American and global citizens. United States History will focus on the major events that have their roots in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and subsequent amendments. 

    Students will be receiving a balance of synchronous and asynchronous virtual instruction through canvas with a variety of resources within to guide our learning (textbook, primary sources, resource books, videos, notes), exploration (individual/group research), and cooperative learning (Kagan structures).  The information will be assessed by quizzes, tests, projects, and presentations.