Welcome to our class web page.

    Mr. Smith and Family


    Jeff Smith

    Grade Level/Department: 8th/History



     Welcome to 8th Grade American History! I’m looking forward to being your child’s teacher and helping him or her transition to high school. I would like to briefly give you a summary of the structure and policies of my class.



    The topics we will be covering are based on the California State Standards for History. For eighth grade that means we will begin the year with a unit covering the founding of the United States. Other major topics include the creation and implementation of the Constitution, the early years of our Republic, Andrew Jackson’s presidency, issues leading up to the Civil War, and the Civil War and its aftermath.


    The curriculum for this class will also be guided by the Common Core Literacy Standards for History/Social Studies. There will be an emphasis on the use of maps, graphs, charts, primary source documents, and citing textual evidence to support stances taken on historical questions.   Argumentative/persuasive writing will be emphasized.



    Your child will receive an assignment list and a study guide at the beginning of each unit. The assignment list consists of the following information: a list of all assignments, the dates we will be working on them in class, directions for each assignment, general grading criteria, an extra credit assignment, the due date for the complete unit of work, and the unit test date. We will work on assignments during class. Unfinished work must be completed as homework. Students will not turn in assignments until the due date listed on the assignment list. Your child can always find all the unit assignments in the assignment box located on the counter.



    Students are expected to turn in their completed units on the day they are due. Students are expected to complete any work missed due to absence. Students who are absent a day or two right before the unit packets are due will be granted extra time. Late work will be marked down 10% for each day late to a maximum of 30%.




    ASSIGNMENT LIST—Your child should always have one. You can also access the assignment list on my website (see below). 


    REMIND—Please check the "How to Join Remind" page on this website for information on how to sign up for Mr. Smith's REMIND 


    EMAIL--My email address is jsmith@cnusd.k12.ca.us. I will often send out email reminders regarding unit due dates, test dates, etc.


    MY WEBSITE--My website address is www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/Page/7721. You can also go to our school website, www.cnusd.k12.ca.us/ciis, click on Teacher Sites, and then click on Smith, Jeff. My website will include a copy of the current assignment list and a study guide. I also do my best to keep my website calendar updated.


    I’m look forward to working with you and your child to ensure a successful year.


    Jeff Smith--8th Grade American History