Danielle Winkler


Welcome to

8th Grade Language Arts & American History!

Mrs. Winkler


About Me: I am excited to start a new year here at Spring Hill Middle School!  I teach both 8th Grade Language Arts and 8th Grade American History. My husband and I live here in Spring Hill.  Mr. Winkler teaches Government at Spring Hill High School, as well as coaches high school football and basketball.  Some of my own hobbies include reading, drinking frou-frou coffee, traveling, fishing, playing violin and piano, watching old black and white movies, and working with kids!

To the Parents: 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.

To help with this goal, I highly encourage students to come to me first with any questions or concerns they may have (either by email or in person), such as questions on a grade they received, missing work, extra credit opportunities, etc. Please allow your child the opportunity to develop responsibility in this area. I will always welcome questions and contact from parents, but I would like to hear from your child first.

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, projects, and a final exam. Students should come prepared to class each day with their laptop, paper, and a pencil.

Google Classroom & Late Work Policy:

All of the activities we do in class, as well as homework assignments or ongoing projects, can be found in Google Classroom and Skyward.  Please encourage your child to check these valuable resources for assignments if they are absent from school or have missing work.

Also, please review the late/absent work policy for my classes below:

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

Danielle Winkler



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