Hi! And welcome to 8th Grade Social Studies. My name is Ms. Lauren Crawford and I'm very excited to be teaching NC & US History this year.
I'm a Currituck native and graduated from CCHS in 2010. I received my B.A. in History from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014 and am currently in the process of earning my M.A. in History at UNK.
When I'm not teaching or researching, I enjoy reading fantasy and paranormal books, writing, watching musicals, baking, and playing board games with my family.
A syllabus for each bell will be available in Google Classroom.
The major focus of this course is North Carolina state history with the integration of local and national history. This integrated study helps students understand and appreciate the legacy of our democratic republic and to develop the skills needed to engage responsibly and intelligently as North Carolinians. Students in eighth grade will continue to build on the fourth and fifth-grade introductions to North Carolina and the United States by embarking on a more rigorous study of the historical foundations and democratic principles that continue to shape our state and nation. Students will begin with a review of the major ideas, events, and cultures preceding the foundation of North Carolina and the United States. The main focus of the course will be how students use inquiry to examine critical events, people, issues, and developments in the state and nation from the Colonial Era to contemporary times. Students will understand the relationship of geography, events, and people to the political, economic, technological, and cultural developments that shaped our existence in North Carolina and the United States over time.
All students will be required to sign up for Remind and parents are strongly encouraged. Class codes and instructions to sign up will be given on the first day of class. This system sends a text and/or email to remind students that assignments are due.
If you have any questions or concerns about progress, the curriculum, or anything at all, I encourage both parents and students to email me or message me through Remind. I will respond within 24 hours, with the exception of weekends, though I aim to be available whenever you need anything.