Unit 2: Exploration and GA Colonization, Lesson 1: Exploration of the New World.

The following links contain information, activities, and assessments used during Unit 2, Lesson 1: Exploration of the New World.  These materials can be used by students to assist in the mastery of the Georgia Performance Standards contained in Unit 2, Lesson 1.

PowerPoint Notes – Unit 2 Lesson 1 – Exploration of the New World

PDF Notes – Unit 2 Lesson 1 – Exploration of the New World

5 W’s and H Notes Sheet – Unit 2 Lesson 1

Unit 1: Geography of Georgia/Georgia’s Beginnings “Almost There”/Study Guide.

The following link contains the “Almost There” Formative Assessment that was completed by students on Friday, August 21st.  The “Almost There” was intended to allow students and teachers to see what information students have mastered and the information that students need to continue to work on and study.  The completed/corrected “Almost There” can also be used by students as a study guide for the upcoming Unit 1: Geography of Georgia/Georgia’s Beginnings Test.

Unit 1 Almost There – Geography of Georgia-Georgia’s Beginnings Unit Test – Study Guide

Unit 1 Almost There – Geography of Georgia-Georgia’s Beginnings Unit Test – Study Guide Answer Key!

Unit 1: Geography of Georgia/Georgia’s Beginnings Summative Assessments.

Throughout the next few days students will be assessed on their mastery of the Georgia Performance Standards (SS8G1 and SS8H1a.).  Please encourage your child to study all notes, materials, etc., in preparation for each assessment listed below:

  • Unit 1 “Almost There” Assessment – Friday, August 21
  • Unit 1 Summative Test – Tuesday, August 25
  • Unit 1 Summative Re-Test (*If Needed) – Friday, August 28

Evolution of Native American Cultures Comic Strip Project.

The following link contains the Evolution of Native American Cultures Comic Strip Project sheet, the answer key for the Georgia’s Prehistoric Cultures Graphic Organizer, and the project grading rubric.  Students will begin working on this project during class on Wednesday, August 19, with the project being due on Friday, August 28.  This project will help to assess student mastery of the Georgia Performance Standard SS8H1 and Element a.

Evolution of Native Americans Comic Strip

Georgia’s Prehistoric Cultures Graphic Organizer Answer Key!

Rubric – Performance Task – Evolution of Native Americans Comic Strip

Literacy Article – Paleo Indian Period

Literacy Article – Middle Ages vs. Mississippian Period

Literacy Article – Understanding Bias – Modern Historian’s View of Columbus

Unit 1: Geography of GA/GA’s Beginnings, Lesson 3: Prehistoric Peoples.

The following links contain information, activities, and assessments used during Unit 1, Lesson 3: Prehistoric Peoples.  These materials can be used by students to assist in the mastery of the Georgia Performance Standards contained in Unit 1, Lesson 3.

PowerPoint Notes – Unit 1 Lesson 3 – Prehistoric Peoples

PDF Notes – Unit 1 Lesson 3 – Prehistoric Peoples

5 W’s and H Notes Sheet – Unit 1 Lesson 3

Georgia’s Prehistoric Cultures Graphic Organizer

PDF – Georgia’s Prehistoric Cultures Graphic Organizer Answer Key!

Literacy Article - Georgia Natives Article and Activity

Georgia Map Activity.

The following links contain the Georgia Map Activity sheet and information/maps that students can use to accurately complete their maps.  These materials will assist students in mastering the Georgia Performance Standards (SS8G1 and Elements a. – d.) that were previously discussed in Unit 1, Lessons 1 and 2.

Georgia Map Activity

Georgia Map Activity Resources

Georgia and the American Experience Textbook Atlas

Georgia Map Activity (Day 2)

Unit 1: Geography of GA/GA’s Beginnings, Lesson 2: Georgia’s Regions and Features.

The following links contain information, activities, and assessments used during Unit 1, Lesson 2: Georgia’s Regions and Features.  These materials can be used by students to assist in the mastery of the Georgia Performance Standards contained in Unit 1, Lesson 2.

PowerPoint Notes – Unit 1 Lesson 2 – Regions and Features

PDF Notes – Unit 1 Lesson 2 – Regions and Features

5 W’s and H Notes Sheet – Unit 1 Lesson 2

PowerPoint Color Coded Notes – Unit 1 Lesson 2 – Regions and Features

PDF Color Coded Notes – Unit 1 Lesson 2 – Regions and Features

Literacy Article – Tri-State Water War

Unit 1: Geography of GA/GA’s Beginnings, Lesson 1: Where in the World is Georgia?

The following links contain information, activities, and assessments used during Unit 1, Lesson 1: Where in the World is Georgia?  These materials can be used by students to assist in the mastery of the Georgia Performance Standards contained in Unit 1, Lesson 1.

PowerPoint Notes – Unit 1 Lesson 1 – Where in the World is GA

PDF Notes – Unit 1 Lesson 1 – Where in the World is GA

5 W’s and H Notes Sheet – Unit 1 Lesson 1

Teacher Modeled Notes – 5 W’s and H Notes Sheet – Unit 1 Lesson 1 Answer Key!

Literacy Article – Georgia Climate Article with Constructed Response

1st Semester Georgia Studies Syllabus and Literacy Syllabus.

Students will be given a copy of the 1st Semester GA Studies Syllabus and the 1st Semester GA Studies Literacy Syllabus on Thursday, August 6.  Students are asked to read and discuss the syllabus with their parents for homework.  The back page of the syllabus should then be signed by parents and returned to Mr. Short by Friday, August 7 for a Participation/Homework Completion Grade.

Welcome to 8th Grade Georgia Studies!

Welcome to the 8th Grade and Mr. Short’s Georgia Studies Blog!

This website will be important to your success as a student in my class.  You will use this site to look up what we are doing in class, check due dates for assignments and tests, and look up any missing assignments you may need to make up.  It is your responsibility to check the blog for any materials you may need, particularly when you have been absent from our class!  Part of your high school preparation will be working towards greater independence, which means that you need to be your own person, and take responsibility for your own work.

If you have missed a class period, need help completing an assignment, or need additional information about what we are currently working on in class, please read through the posts on this page and/or ask me for help.  These links are updated as soon as assignments or resources are given in class and are meant to provide you with up-to-date information to assist you this year.  If you need any additional information, please feel free to contact me through email ([email protected]) or by calling GMS at (678) 842-6917 x650.

Please feel free to offer up any suggestions about how we can make this website most effective and helpful to you.  I’m always open to suggestions!