Danielle Winkler

 

Welcome to

8th Grade Language Arts & American History!

Mrs. Winkler

2017-2018


About Me:

This is my first year of teaching and I am excited to be in the Spring Hill School District!  I teach both 8th Grade Language Arts and 8th Grade American History.  My husband, Alex, and I live here in Spring Hill.  Alex teaches Government at Spring Hill High School, as well as coaches high school football and basketball.  Teaching in the same district has been a dream of ours for some time!  Some of my own hobbies include reading, traveling, fishing, playing violin and piano, and watching old black and white movies.


I look forward to working with your children and encouraging in them an appreciation for history, reading, and writing!  Middle school students deal with many transitions as they are preparing to enter their teen years.  It is my hope to help students cultivate confidence and good decision-making skills at this crucial age so that they are equipped with the skills necessary to take on the greater responsibilities that come with high school.


Language Arts Course Description: Eighth-grade Language Arts is a course that will combine literature, writing, language, and speaking.  Throughout the year, students will focus on improving their reading skills, as well as their oral and written communications skills.  Students should come to class each day with the necessary materials, including laptop, paper, pencil, and outside reading book.


The written portion of the class will enable students to utilize and practice six-trait writing.  The six writing traits are the framework upon which the Kansas Writing Assessment is based.  Students will also work on improving their vocabulary and grammar skills throughout the year.


The literature portion of the class will help students make connections and comprehend the relationships between works of literature and their own lives.  Students will represent these connections in a variety of formats, including oral presentations, group projects, journaling, and writing.  Students will read a variety of works including short stories, The Outsiders, and The Diary of Anne Frank.


American History Course Description: Eighth-grade U.S. History is a class that will encourage students to draw connections between the past and today.  We will do a variety of interactive and fun activities to help students analyze, understand, and respect their nation’s history.  One goal of this class is to prepare students to be good citizens on both the local and national levels.  Understanding where we came from is one key component of that goal.


Analyzing primary and secondary sources is an important aspect of studying history.  This will be one of the major skills students utilize throughout the year as they analyze important principles and causes/effects in American History.  Students will be evaluated through group/class discussion, written assignments, chapter quizzes, unit tests, and projects.  Students should come prepared to class each day with their laptop, paper, and a pencil.


Google Classroom & Homework Calendars:


All of the activities we do in class, as well as homework assignments or ongoing projects, can be found in Google Classroom and/or the Google Homework Calendar (found on the middle school website).  Handouts not posted on the calendar can be found on Classroom.  Please encourage your child to check these valuable resources for assignments if they are absent from school or have missing work.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  I am excited to start the year!


Danielle Winkler

913-592-7445

winklerd@usd230.org


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