Language Arts and Social Studies

Our class also has a google classroom that is closed to the general public.  Students may obtain a sign-in code to participate and view google classroom.

Class Textbook Online: McDougal Littell Creating America: A History of the United States


300 Year Crunch

Movie Trailer Assignment

Helpful Research Links (This is a growing list)

Movie Trailer Making Tips

Age of Exploration Trailer Sample

Movie Trailer Outline Printouts – Learning in Hand site

imovie: Saving and Editing over Multiple Sessions 



Constitutional Convention: Khan Academy Video – 7 Articles (First 3: Separation of Powers)

Creation of the Constitution: Liberty Kids Pt 1; Liberty Kids Pt 2

  • Learn more about Moses Grandy here. He wrote a slave narrative which brought more awareness to slavery and the need to abolish it. 

Bill of Rights: Student Song Creation

 Key Concepts of the Constitution


School House Rock Preamble Song

Preamble Hand Motions and song

Civil War

Primary Sources Evaluation / Thesis Development


1492 – Film Clip: Columbus arrives to the New World

5 Themes of Geography Song 

5 Themes of Geography – Fortnite Edition

Landforms Glossary

Longitude and Latitude Song

Sample Colony Inset

States and Capitals Song

United States – Capital Identification Game

United States Features Identification Game

United States Features Image

United States – State Names Identification Game

United States – World Atlas



Why did the colonists leave their countries and come to America? Here is a video with a quick/brief explanation of why many colonists were coming, not only from England, but from Spain, China, Portugal and more. 


Native American Unit

Native American Persuasive PACES Graphic Organizer

Persuasive PACES Speech

Persuasive Techniques

Tribal Nation Research Organizer

Tribal Nation Summary Organizer

Research Links – Go here for links to help you with your tribe research.


The Outsiders Unit:




Plot Instruction: Movie Shorts

“Mouse for Sale”

“The Present”

“Riley’s First Date”


Poetry Unit:

Childhood Memory Prose

“Echoes” by Pat Mora

Free Choice Poem

Generational Family Member Poem

Mood Poem

“Raised by” Poem


Phillis Wheatley 


Primary Sources

World Perspectives

Addams’ Family Thanksgiving – Satire



Reading Survey


Road to Revolution

Articles of Confederation: Khan Academy 

Boston Massacre: Reading through History Video

Classzone: Chapter 6 – Road to Revolution

What was the French and Indian War

Revolutionary War: School House Rock


Short Story / Articles

Plot Structure Pyramid (Interactive)

Cesar Chavez Biography

“Flowers for Algernon” By Daniel Keyes: Text

“Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes: Activities

“My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn

The Open Window” by Saki (Audio Version here)

Thank You, Ma’am” by Langston Hughes

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson (Part 1 of 2)

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson (Part 2 of 2)

Pirates of the Caribbean Mood Identification 

Short Story Starters

“Tell Tale Heart”

“Voices in the Park” – Short Story online

“Voices in the Park” – Quote Sandwich Assignment


Supreme Court

Supreme Court Decisions prior to 1880


Touching Spirit Bear

Copy of the Text

Audio Files: 


  • Posted by Mrs. Evans (male speaker, a little slower)
  • All Chapters

Informative videos: 

National Geographic Live! – Capturing the Spirit Bear

The Rare White Kermode Bear

The Restorative Justice Program – Lane County: 

Tim McCabe and Zane Hager for the Center for Dialogue and Resolution

Totem Poles: Art & Story  in Totem Poles / Ignite Dallas


Vignette Project:

Vignette A  – mimicking “My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn”

Vignette #B – using the theme from “The Open Window” (Audio Version here)

Vignette #C – using the idea for a title from “A Smart Cookie”, by Sandra Cisneros.

 Vignette #1– using a similar theme from Thank You, Ma’am by Langston Hughes


Escape Room – Narrative Performance Task

Escape Room

Fun at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) 



Master of Beautiful Music by Ellen Seiden

Grade 8 ELA CAT Practice Document


Close Reading: Dr. Suess “Oh the Places You’ll Go”

“Grammarian’s 5 Daughters”


Primary Source Reliability: Lunch Room Fight

Close Reading: Science – Models Article assignment


Social Studies – Miscellaneous

Crash Course “Columbus, de Gama, & Zheng He 15th Century Mariners #21”

Crash Course “Checks and Balances”

School House Rock: How a Bill Becomes a Law