Film Making Class 2019-2020

If you are looking for Social Studies information, please scroll to bottom of this Site.  Social Studies online book information (access) directions on middle of this Site.  Social Studies assignments can also be accessed on "History Calendar" (top).

Updated: Friday, August 23, 2019.  For Social Studies information, please scroll down below.

  • The first few days of class, students report to Mr. An's classroom in 8th grade hall in Room 309.
  • After that, the class will move to Computer Lab 125 the rest of the trimester.
  • There is a one-time class fee of $15 that needs to be paid either online or to the school Book keeper (Ms.Niblock).  Mr. An does not take money (fees).
  • Students need to return the syllabus sheet/PG permission form (one sheet signed by Parent/Guardian) to Mr. An upon receiving the syllabus in class: FilmMaking7thand8thSyllabus.doc.docx     

Schedule (Subject to Change):

  • Required: Class Fee of $15 can be paid either online or to Ms. Niblock (MMS Book Keeper) before, after school, or during lunch or by clicking on link below (Online Pay):
  • E-mail:

*As noted above, $15 fee for the class to be paid online or to book keeper (Ms. Niblock).

Contact Information

Mr. David An

(425) 837-6928

2019-2020 An Social Studies Syllabus.docx

2019-2020 Syllabus: Due (signed by parent/guardian and returned by student to Mr. An) by September 9 (10 points)

The Maywood Way-Classroom Expectations

David An-The Maywood Way Classroom Expecations.docx

 Online Student Textbook login:

  • There are 2 ways you can log-in to access the online textbook.  Do Option "A" or "B" but not both.  If you do Option "A," do not change your password, use the one that School District created for you.  If you change your password to something else, you will not be able to access your account (you still need to select "create"):

Option A (most students prefer):

  1. Set up your account in TCI (the green textbook we will use for US History).
    1. Go to
    2. Click on the purple “student sign in” button on the top right.
    3. This will take you to a page where you will enter your login information.
  • For teacher email, use:
  • Use YOUR MMS user name + isd Example: redmcarisd
  • Your password: your 7 digit student # + ISD Example: 1234567ISD
  • Click on “create account”
  • This will take you to another page where you will re-enter this information. Make sure you sign up for the correct class period. Once your account is set up, write your log-in and password in your planner ON YOUR BIRTHDAY. (This way, only you know where to find it!)

Important to Note:

  1. If you have installed the Chrome extension for ClassLink but now wish to go directly through TCI, you must delete the extension from your computer.
  1. All ASB/Other ID #’s must be 7 digits. If yours is 6, add a 0 to the beginning

        3. Do not change your username or password. Each night TCI syncs with Skyward and reverts back to your username   +isd and student ID + ISD      

Option B (using Classlink):

Pearson online curriculum materials for your class will be through ClassLink – There should be a ClassLink short cut on the desktop of school computers. ClassLink is a Launchpad for students to access online district curriculum and tools. For most applications ClassLink serves as a password locker, once you enter your username and password for Pearson, ClassLink will remember it the next time you log in.

 *All students have done step above and have logged on to ClassLink on a Maywood computer and should be able to access their online textbook at home now.

YOU MUST USE a CURRENT BROWSER!! Check your browser at:

Unable to logon to your 8th grade social studies online textbook?

Here are some instructions to trouble-shoot:

Student Instructions for TCI through ClassLink

Step 1: Go to (please note you have to capitalize ISD)


Step 2: Log onto ClassLink with your school computer/network username. The first 4 letters of your last name, first 3 letters of your first name, and your two-digit graduation year. Example: SmitJoe18 – if there is another student in the district with the same letters in the first part of their first and last name and same graduation year, there may be an additional number after the graduation year.

Your password is the same as your regular network password. This is what you use when you log onto the computer at school.


Step 3: Click on the TCI-Students icon. You should see the text books for the classes that you have that use McGraw books.

Classes that use TCI include:

(Social Studies 6, Social Studies 7), U.S. History and Civics.

NOTE: Depending on the browser you are using; you may be asked to install an extension. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the extension. Once installed you will not be asked to install it again on that computer.


Information to troubleshoot can be found at:

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8th Grade Class Textbook

This is the textbook we use for 8th grade social studies.  If you are having trouble logging on, there are directions (above) underneath The Maywood Way-Classroom Expectations:

This is simply to show what the textbook looks like.  You cannot access the online textbook by clicking on the picture.  Students, use the instructions above to access your online textbook.  An account has been set up for you.  You will need to follow the instructions (above) to log in and access the online textbook.


8th Grade Social Studies Assignments and Tests

Friday, August 23, 2019 

Welcome to 8th Grade Social Studies class!  8th Grade Social Studies class is United States History covering the time period from about the American Revolution until the Civil War (with Government Studies such as the Constitution in between).  This is the first post of the school year which begins on Wednesday, September 4 for students.  The first day of class, all students will receive a paper copy of this syllabus: 2019-2020 An Social Studies Syllabus.docx.  The final page of the syllabus needs to be signed by a parent and the student(s) need to turn this back in to Mr. An for points.

Here are some tips as to what goes on this website:

  1. Mr. An will try to update this Site about once per week.  As the school year or first trimester progresses, Mr. An will put "skeleton" plans on here so that absent students and parents who are curious as to what we are doing in class have a better idea on learning/happenings.
  2. Students will almost always get a paper copy of assignments.  Some rubrics (applies some of the time) will be posted "in-class."  When this happens, students can take a picture of that rubric and/or write down the information on their own (usually applies to short criteria rubrics).  Otherwise, students will get a paper copy of rubrics which usually applies when Mr. An is asking/giving specific instructions/directions for students.  All students will receive paper copies of chapter packets and study guides for tests which will always be posted on this Site (at least the chapter we are doing that week).  If students need a past due packet (late work) or future packet such as when going out of town, the student or parent may e-mail Mr. An directly (e-mail address in #4 below).
  3. The goal is put 1-2 weeks or more of skeleton lesson plans on this Site as well as give students test study guides 5-6 weeks in advance so students have plenty of time to study and prepare test answers on their own at home (all tests require written responses; NO multiple choice or matching etc.)-some of this information is outlined in the syllabus.
  4. To help 8th grade students prepare for High School, Mr. An would like to encourage 8th grade students to e-mail him directly, but parents can e-mail Mr. An at any time as well.  Mr. An will respond back to e-mails in 48 hours or less (24 hours or less on most days).  E-mail:

Students/Parents can e-mail Mr. An (if needed) at:   if there are ever any questions or comments.  Thank you!

Mr. An has decided to put together basic information below as to what we will be doing in class.  If you are absent or need the lesson plan done on a particular day, please e-mail Mr. An directly at: and you should receive a response back in less than 48 hours (most of the time 24 hours).


Test Dates-Test are Written and worth 70% of student's grades:

There will be 6 tests total for the whole school year (1 test per mid-trimester).  Tests are done by students by written responses (small paragraphs) outlining mostly facts (proof) as well as some opinion (higher level thinking responses).  The goal for tests is for students to think about what they are writing about while taking the guess work out (No multiple choice).

Students typically get each study guide 5 weeks before each test so that they can prepare and organize their time at home for preparation (students get to learn to plan this way; also good for High School preparation).

Tests are Assessments which is why they are worth 70% of students' grades.  Mr. An does allow one test re-take for students who receive less than 80% (but not to exceed 80% after test retake).  This is done to encourage students to do well on the test the first time around.  For the first test of the school year, Mr. An often gives more "grace" in grading as students typically do not know what Mr. An's criteria/style is yet on the test.

Tests are tentatively planned for the following dates (Mr. An reserves the right to change these dates at his discretion):

1. Test # 1 on October 3, 2019 over Chapters 1 and 2 (Ch. 1 The First Americans and Ch. 2 European Exploration and Settlement).  Hand out study guide on Sept. 5.

2. Test # 2 on November 14, 2019 over Chapters 3, 4, and 6 (Ch. 3 The English Colonies in North America and Ch. 4 Life in the Colonies and Ch. 6 The Declaration of Independence). Hand out study guide on Oct. 10.

3. Test # 3 on January 16, 2020 over Chapters 7, 9, 10 (Ch. 7 The American Revolution and Ch. 9 The Constitution and Ch. 10 The Bill of Rights). Hand out study guide on Nov. 25.

4. Test # 4 on March 5, 2020 over Chapters 11, 12, and 14 (Ch. 11 Political Developments in the Early Republic and Ch. 12 Foreign Affairs in the Young Nation and Ch. 14 Andrew Jackson).  Hand out study guide on Jan. 23.

5. Test # 5 on April 21, 2020 over Chapters 15, 16, 17 (Ch. 15 Manifest Destiny and Ch. 16 Life in the West and Ch. 17 Mexicano Contributions to the Southwest). Hand out study guide on March 10.

6. Test #6 on June 2, 2020 over Chapters 20, 22, 23 (Ch. 20 African Americans in the Mid-1800s and Ch. 22 The Civil War and Ch. 23 The Reconstruction Era).  Hand out study guide on April 28.


Other areas of study we will be doing this school year

(standard for all 8th grade U.S. History classes) not

necessarily in order):

  • American Indians (the first Americans)-Completed
  • European Exploration-Completed
  • Revolutionary War
  • Introduction to the first setup of American Government
  • Constitution (Bill of Rights, 3 branches of Government)
  • Westward Expansion
  • Mexicano Contributions to the Southwest
  • Slavery
  • Civil War
  • In addition; we work on Writing!  Namely, an 8-10 sentence PowerParagraph (more information later...).  8th grade students should have the ability not only to write, but to provide analysis, explanation, and insight into what they are writing about.
  • We will be doing a "Classroom Based Assessment" that is a requirement for all 8th graders.
  •  We have 2 tests per Trimester.  
  • Tests are worth 70% of a student's grade.  Assignments are worth 30% of a student's grade.  There are re-take opportunities for students on tests.  Test study guides will be provided to students in class (paper) and on this site at least several weeks before a test.

Reminder: Please check the "History Calendar" for due dates-student work attachments such as packets can also be found by clicking the attachment for that date(s).  You may also find attachments in this spot as well.

*If there is a packet (late work or Absent) that you cannot find on this Site and need.  Please e-mail Mr. An at and tell me which packet you need and I will e-mail it to you.  (Example: you need the Ch. 2 packet which you did not turn in and still want to do it and receive partial credit).  Mr. An will take late work up to one week before the Trimester ends for partial credit if it is late for Trimester 1 assignments.