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Mr. Angel Moran 

8th Grade Social Studies Syllabus

2021 - 2022


Welcome to the 2021 - 2022  school year. I am delighted to have your child in my Social Studies class this year and hope to provide a truly positive learning experience.   As a lifelong learner, I know that learning extends from my classroom to your home. If you have questions, comments, or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact me or schedule a conference.  I wish you and your child a wonderful school year! Go Oilers! 


Purpose/Course Description

  1. To meet and master the criteria for 8th Grade Level Social Studies as outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for the state of Texas.

  2. To master the skills that will help the student excel in knowledge of Texas and U.S. History. 

  3. To build character qualities such as Responsibility, Preparedness, Manners, and Safety as required by Raul Perales Middle School. 


Classroom Expectations

All RPMS students are expected to practice “Responsibility, Preparedness, Manners, and Safety.” In addition, students need to:

  1. Always be prepared for class

  2. Be good listeners

  3. Encourage and support classmates

  4. Treat others the way they want to be treated


Students are expected to be in on time and in class during school days and hours. If a student cannot attend school, please contact the RPMS front office at your earliest convenience.  Our goal is for your child to be well prepared with the skills needed for the 8th Grade STAAR exam and the following school year. 



Students who consistently exemplify good behavior and demonstrate progress will be rewarded. Rewards can be in the form of spoken praise, a positive phone call home, oiler coins,  fun activities and/or privileges.  Failure to behave correctly will result in the opposite of such rewards: phone call/email to parents, detention, office referrals, parent teacher conferences, etc.

Extra Credit Policy

Once every six weeks, I will offer an extra credit opportunity. However, in order to qualify for the extra credit, a student must not have any zeros in the class. Extra credit will usually replace a failing quiz grade. Other extra credit opportunities may be available during six weeks. 


Restroom/Water Breaks

Students should try to use the restroom and get water between passing periods. Students must have a pass to use the restroom.  Students are not allowed to leave the class 10 minutes after class begins or before the class ends, unless it is an emergency. They will only be allowed to visit the nurse's office if it is an emergency. A pattern of restroom or water breaks and nurse visits will conclude with a phone call home. 



For my class, your child will require the following supplies:

  1. 1 Composition notebook

  2. Chromebook (provided by district)

  3. Pencil or Pen (Everyday use)

  4. Germ X/hand sanitizer (if possible) 

  5. 1 Pocket Folder 

If other items are needed for projects, a notice will be sent to you. 


Methods of Evaluation

Students will be given at least 12 assignment grades and at least 4 test/quiz grades per six weeks. A progress report/report card will be given to your students at least every 3rd week.



I understand students have other classes, activities, expectations, etc.  Yet, sometimes, students may have the opportunity to finish classwork at home.  Even though homework is not assigned as frequently in this class as in others, it is NOT an excuse to disregard the expectations for success. On evenings, when the student does not have homework, they are expected to review their material. The bulk of the student’s grades will come from their major grades (assignments, test/quizzes, and projects). Studying 20-30 minutes a night can be the difference between barely passing and passing with flying colors. We hope to have students feel confident in their success. 


Make-Up Work

When a student is absent, it is their responsibility to pick up missed assignments. Students should collect their work from the designated area on the day that they return to class. The time allotted to complete makeup work is one day for each day the student is absent. Any work not turned in within the allotted time will be considered late.


Late Work

A student has 3 days to turn in late work and have a guardian’s signature:

  • 1 day late = 10 points will be deducted from the top of the grade. (Highest grade achieved: 90%)

  • 2 days late = 20 points will be deducted from the top of the grade. (Highest grade achieved: 80%)

  • 3 days late = 30 points will be deducted from the top of the grade. (highest grade achieved: 70%)

Late work may be accepted after three days. Students must meet with the teacher to collect late work. 



The student will have a minimum of 4 tests during each six weeks grading period. 

Missed Test

If your student has missed a test, the test will be provided upon the student’s return to the classroom. The student is still responsible to inform the teacher of a missed exam. 



Students will have the opportunity to attend tutorials if necessary. They will be provided with a tutorial permission form and schedule by their teacher. The tutorial schedule will be posted on my course page. 



**Note: Syllabus is subject to change at any time.**