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This year in Social Studies we will be studying the Individual In

Society. We will be looking at the environment in which a person
lives: Culture, Government, Identity, and Human Rights.


1. It is expected that you will bring all supplies needed for Social Studies.
These supplies include your notebook, duo tangs, textbook, pen, and any
homework required for that class.

2. It is expected that you will arrive to class before the bell. Each late will be
recorded. Please note: 3 lates equal 1 unexcused absence from class
(A.K.A. “A Skip”).

3. It is expected that you will display excellence in all your assignments,

projects, quizzes, and tests. Please note: In order to pass Grade 8 Social
Studies you are required to complete ALL assigned work.

4. It is expected that you will actively participate in all class activities and

5. It is expected that you will display respect to everyone in class – both to

your classmates and to your teacher. Please note: If the rare occasion
arises that a student is asked to leave the class due to overly rude or
disruptive behaviour, it will be counted as 1 unexcused absence.


1. The Individual and Their Culture

This unit of study looks at what culture is and how it should be studied.
We will look at how culture develops and changes, as well as the 7 Patterns
of culture: Family (Kinship), Art, Religion, Recreation, Politics (how societies
make rules and order themselves), Education (how people learn the skills
they need to live in their culture), and Economics (how people go about
meeting their basic needs and the problems they create).

2. The Individual and Their Citizenship

This unit of study will focus on what it means to be a citizen in general,

and more specifically, what it means to be a Canadian citizen. We will take a
look at how citizenship developed in ancient Greece and Rome, how
Canadians become Canadians today, the history of Canada’s government,
how Canada’s governments work, and the individual’s roles and
responsibilities as a Canadian citizen.

3. The Individual and Their Personal Identity

This unit of study will focus on how our personal identity develops and
changes within one’s culture and society. We will take a look at how
environment, roles, family, names, religion, minority status, and media help
develop one’s identity.

4. The Individual and Human Rights

This unit will focus on what it means to have human rights. We will study
the history of human rights, the development of the United Nations after
WWII, the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the rights
of Children, and the individual’s role in defending human rights within


Assignments = 40%

Quizzes = 30%

Unit Tests (or Unit Projects) = 30%

TOTAL = 100%


Term 1 = 25%

Term 2 = 25%

Term 3 = 25%

Final Exam = 25%

TOTAL = 100%