May 3 - 5
Students may earn up to 10% extra credit by visiting the Civil War Re-
enactment at Gibson Ranch. To earn the full 10% students should stay long
enough to see one battle and interview at least 5 participants. They should
think up several interview questions and either get a participants signature
or photo. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the website:
1.Read a book or watch a video that relates the curriculum covered
during eighth grade US History or English and complete an extended
reading/viewing project (guidelines below.) [1% - 5%]
2.Visit a local museum and write a one page report. Choose one aspect
of the museum on which to focus your writing, for example, research one of
the artist or the times in which they lived. [1% - 5%]
Hattie Weber Museum of Davis
California History Museum
Hedrick Agricultural Museum
Crocker Art Museum
3.Research someone we study this year (for example, one of the framers
of the Constitution, an author of one of our piecies of literature or even a
current government official) and write a 1 - 2 page biography. [1-5%]
4.Have a discussion with a parent about one of our topics of study.
Ask them what they remember about the topic or book from their studies.
Write a reflection on the topic and your discussion and have your parent
Extended Reading or Movie Project Guidelines
Write a 1 - 2 page paper on the following four points:
Summary - Provide a short summary of the book or movie.
Relevance to Curriculum - How does the book or movie relate to what we are
studying this quarter?
Historical Accuracy - Choose two events/people/places in the book for
[Book]Author - Who is the author? Lis some previous works. Did you like
style in which the book was written? Would you recommend the book?
[Movie] Write a movie review.
Remember that you need to get parent approval before watching any movie and
you need to complete the assignment to get credit. These are just
a few suggestions – there are many more you could do. Any movie you choose
needs to relate to our curriculum.
Movie suggestions: Book suggestions:
The John Adams series - HBO When We Were Colored
Amistad – R Warriors Don't Cry
All the President’s Men – PG Farewell to Manzanar
The Chamber – R Secret Life of Bees
What the Lord Made - HBO The Sunflower
A Few Good Men – R The Help
Frost Nixon – R
Philadelphia – PG-13
To Kill A Mockingbird
12 Angry Men (Henry Fonda version)
Dead Man Walking – R
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Jimmy Stewart version)
The Candidate - PG
The Iron Jawed Angels -HBO
Students may earn a maximum of 5% extra credit for quarters 1 and 3, if not
used that could be carried over for a maximum of 10% extra credit for
quarters 2 and 4.