Phone: 534-3554, Alt contact 854-800-9038

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's in Political Science

Mrs. Rebecca Melson

How I became a teacher…

Our daughters have always been blessed with wonderful teachers who inspired a love of learning in them!  I have always enjoyed teaching in church classes, so I made a late-in-life career change to teaching after spending many years in retail and law office management.  TEACHING IS THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!  Seeing the light bulb go on above a student’s head when they realize they learned something is why I love it!

I graduated from Irmo High School, attended Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, and graduated from the University of South Carolina-Columbia with a bachelor’s in political science.  I take great pride in working elections for Lexington County a couple times per year.  Teaching my students that gaining their rights and fulfilling their responsibilities as a US citizen is especially important.  I want students to know that they can be a part of the process!

South Carolina History is a subject that students can use in ANY industry in which they work once they leave high school.  A cosmetologist can use SC history facts to start a conversation with a new client and an engineer can utilize the facts learned in SC History to gain insight on potential projects.

I diligently work to impart lessons to my students that are not directly related to the history we study.  Students need to develop good study habits, good test taking skills, and a love of research!

Office Hours

  • Every Friday 10 am to 10:45 am

Expectations

  • Topics Covered in this class:

    1. Native Americans Present in South Carolina Prior to Europeans and Colonization of South Carolina
    2. The American Revolution, the New Nation and the New South Carolina State Government
    3. South Carolina's Role in the New Nation
    4. Antebellum South Carolina and the Road to Civil War
    5. Reconstruction and the Progressive Movement
    6. South Carolina's Role in a Struggling Nation of the Early 20th Century
    7. The Civil Rights Movement and South Carolina's Role in the Modern Nation

    Through the above topics (not necessarily in the above order), 8th grade SC History students will master the following skills:

    *Comparison- Utilize multiple characteristics of historical developments to create a comparative analysis.

    *Causation- Identify and compare significant turning points, including the related causes and effects that affect historical continuity and change.

    *Periodization- Utilize significant turning points to justify the historical narrative of a time period.

    *Context- Explain how historical themes are used to determine context when analyzing significant events.

    *Continuities and Changes- Analyze significant turning points and theme-based patterns of continuities and changes within a period of time.

    *Evidence- Identify, interpret, and utilize different forms of evidence, including primary and secondary sources, used in an inquiry based study of history.

    The focus of South Carolina History class in 8th grade is how events and people impacted South Carolina’s development and the role South Carolina played in US and world events.  There are many great events, such as World War I and the Civil Rights Movement, of which we will not study the details.  We will learn how those events shaped South Carolina and the way in which South Carolina played a role.

    We will use a variety of resources to study these concepts and connect South Carolina History to our world today.  A textbook will be utilized in class as a supplement, but textbooks will not be issued or used at home.  The students’ primary source of study material will be various handouts, student-made flash cards, optional online sources BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY notes created in class and in class activities.

    ******************VIRTUAL MEETINGS/ASSIGNMENTS EXPECTATIONS:*******************

    Because we are utilizing virtual learning, things will look and feel much different than they do when students are in the classroom.  I will cover classroom procedures/routines/expectations in depth when we return to the classroom.  BUT THE FOLLOWING ARE GENERAL EXPECTATIONS FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS.  There is also a virtual/remote learning poster on Canvas.

    *Students should be on time logging in for classes each day/every day/ all day (review virtual schedule).

    *Students should ensure that their video is ON (when possible) so the teacher can see them, BUT sound should be OFF unless they “raise their hand” to ask or answer.

    *Students should charge their device every night or as needed.

    *Students should COMPLETE ALL DISCUSSIONS AND OTHER ASSIGNMENTS ON TIME.

    *Students should ask questions when they are unsure about something, there are many ways to contact Mrs. Melson (see contact information in Canvas).

    *Students should have all supplies and sign on information available.

     

    Our Classroom Rules:

    *Be in your assigned seat, ready to work and prepared with all materials when class begins.

    *Treat EVERYONE and all school property with respect.

    *Keep EVERYTHING school appropriate.

    * Raise your hand when you are in need of assistance or asking/answering a question, do not shout out.

    *Keep this classroom and all other school areas you visit clean and organized.

    *Do not interrupt instruction or talk when you should not be talking:

    ***TALKING is defined as your mouth is moving and there is any kind of sound coming out.  This includes talking to yourself, talking to somebody else, whispering, singing or sound effects.  Respect the person who has the floor whether it is your teacher, classmate, a Guest Teacher or any audio instruction.

    If a student chooses to break the rules:

    *First time: Warning

    *Second Time: Silent Lunch, Wall Time Outside and/or Parent Contact

    *Third Time: Two Silent Lunches, Longer Wall Time Outside and/or Teacher Detention arranged through Parent Contact

    *Fourth time: Referral to Administrator

    If the behavior issue involves a cell phone or school Chromebook, Mrs. Melson may elect to forego any steps.  Depending upon the severity of the issue, Mrs. Melson may elect to forego any steps.

    If students choose to follow the rules:

    They will receive the best SC History education Mrs. Melson can provide!

     

    Grading and assignments:

    Grading Scale:

    A - 90-100      B - 80-89         C - 70-79        D - 60-69        F - 0-59

    Tests and projects make up 35% of the students' grade, classwork assignments make up 35%, quizzes make up 20%, and homework/daily grades make up the remaining 10% (ALL PERCENTAGES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE).  In class, I will go in to depth with students about how their grades are figured and why each quarter is very important.  As long as students stay on top of their assignments and turn in completed work, that is the biggest part of achieving the grade they want to make.

    Missed School Days:  All absences must be dealt with per district and CEMS guidelines.  If the student is out for any reason, it is the students' responsibility to check with me about missed work.  All work and/or tests missed must be made up/turned in within 5 days of returning to school. *****Virtual attendance is based on Team meeting attendance and assignment completion.

    Homework: Students will generally have weekly homework assignments.

    Canvas: Almost all assignments, materials, vocabulary, alternate resources, etc. will be available through Canvas.  Students will be assigned a Chromebook that will be carried back and forth to school.  We will go over how to properly use the Chromebook and access my materials in class.  If a student is absent, almost all assignments can be accessed, viewed, etc. in Canvas.  It is the students’ responsibility to complete any work missed and to secure the work if it is not available on Canvas.