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: Monday, November 25, 2019.  For Social Studies information, please scroll down below.

What is going on (?):

*Some students still have not paid their $15 class fee (Mr. An does not take money, see Book Keeper or pay online-MMS).  If you still owe a fee, please pay it as soon as possible.  If you need a scholarship to have the fee waived, please see Ms. Niblock (our Book Keeper).  Her office is located outside by the main office (next to attendance).

Trimester 1 Students:

  • We will continue to watch movies (PG rating) in class.  All parent/guardians have signed "PG" forms for the films we view.
  • We are wrapping up the class (Trimester ends Dec. 4).  Final projects due Dec. 2 (or 3rd if needed).

Trimester 2 Students:

  • Here is a copy of the syllabus.  There is a parent portion which needs to be signed and returned to Mr. An by/before Dec. 9.  All students will get a paper copy of the syllabus in class on Thursday, Dec. 5: FilmMaking7thand8thSyllabus.doc.docx     
  • On Thursday, Dec. 5, students will meet in Mr. An's classroom in room 309 in 8th grade hall.  Shortly after this day, we will have class in the computer lab located in room 125 on a regular basis for cameras, editing digital film, and also for watching movies too.

Information to pay class fee:

  • 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

New login info. as of September 3, 2019

 Online Student Textbook login:

Please find below the student instructions for TCI via ClassLink:




TCI online curriculum materials for your class will be accessed  through ClassLink – (or Google "Classlink Issaquah"). ClassLink is a Launchpad for students to access online district curriculum and tools. To activate your Classlink account for home access, students must first login to a computer at school. 


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


Step 1: Go to: (or Google "Classlink Issaquah"). You will see the district logo on the login screen. 

Step 2: Log onto ClassLink with your network username. The first 4 letters of your last name, first 3 letters of your first name, and your two-digit graduation year. Example: SmitJoe20. 

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  icon.  

Step 4: The first time you may be asked for your teacher's email address. Typically it is their last name, first initial Then select your class from the list that pops up. 

Mr. An's e-mail address is:


NOTEDepending 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. If you skipped over installing the extension you can access extensions for browsers here.   


Classlink Mobile App: 

  • From your App store, search "Classlink Launchpad."
  • Install and open the app. You do notneed to allow location. 
  • Search and select "Issaquah" - you will only need to do this the first time you open the app 
  • Enter your username and password for Classlink

Classes that use TCI include: 

  • Middle School: Social Studies grade(s) 7 and 8. 
  • High School: US History and Civics


Information to troubleshoot can be found at: 

Please let your teacher know if you are having trouble accessing the online materials. 

Upcoming Events
  • Constitution Ladder Project Due

    16 Dec 2019 12:00 AM to 16 Dec 2019 11:59 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • Winter Break

    23 Dec 2019 12:00 AM to 3 Jan 2020 11:59 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • Test #3

    16 Jan 2020 12:00 AM to 16 Jan 2020 11:59 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • Test #4

    3 Mar 2020 12:00 AM to 3 Mar 2020 11:59 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • Test #5

    21 Apr 2020 12:00 AM to 21 Apr 2020 11:59 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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 Schedule, Assignments, and Tests

Thursday, October 3, 2019 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 ("Skeleton" Schedule for Social Studies Classes)

What's new on this Site today? (12/4):


Students have received a paper copy of the study guide for their next test on Chapters 7, 9, and 10.  This test which covers chapters 7, 9, and 10 will occur on Thursday, January 16, 2020.  You can get a copy of the study guide here now: Study Guide (An) Test #3, Jan. 16.docx

Ch. 7 packet (Due Dec. 3): U.S. History Ch. 7 Packet.pdf

Tentative Schedule 

("Skeleton" lesson plans, including due dates are Subject to Change):

  • Week of Nov. 25-Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving Break after): PowerPoint Continued, Veterans Day packet due this week, last opportunity to work on Ch. 7 packet in class (due next week).
  • Week of Dec. 2-Dec. 6: Starting Ch. 9-The Constitution.  Ladder's Project (Rubric will be provided: Constitution project), Combo of BrainPop and YouTube videos pertaining to Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • Week of Dec. 9-Dec. 13:  Focus on Current Events (CNN10), Socratic Seminar(s), Ch. 9 packet, and conclusion of Ladders Project (Constitution)
  • Week of Dec. 16-Dec. 20:  Week before Winter Break; Flex Schedule since some students will be gone early on Break.  Schedule includes a combination American Revolution and Constitution videos, Socratic Seminar, and Ch. 9 packet.
  • Winter Break
  • Week of Jan. 6-Jan. 10:  We will begin Ch. 10 in the textbook (section in detail of): The Bill of Rights, Combines reading, notes, discussion(s), and Ch. 10 packet.  Some videos may also accommodate daily lessons too.
  • Week of Jan. 13-Jan. 15: Test-Preparation time
  • Thursday, Jan. 16: Unit Test over Chapters 7, 9, and 10 (3 chapters total)Study Guide (An) Test #3, Jan. 16.docx

If you need additional information, please e-mail Mr. An directly at:


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).  2019-2020 An Social Studies Syllabus.docx.  

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.-Done!

Correction made on this test (as of Fri, Oct. 4): students will be tested on Ch. 5 (not tested on Ch. 6!)

2. Test # 2 on November 14, 2019 over Chapters 3, 4, and 5 (Ch. 3 The English Colonies in North America and Ch. 4 Life in the Colonies and Ch. 5 Toward Independence). Hand out study guide on Oct. 10 or earlier.-Done!

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 3, 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.