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Welcome to Mr. Deininger's Teacher Page!


Keep working hard.  Make up your missed work when you return from an absence.  Remember, there is no extra credit.  




Now that we have P.E. twice a week, please clean your gym uniform Wednesday night or buy a second gym uniform.  


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February is Black History Month.  We will begin each class with a fact of the day related to Black History.  In early March, we will have an open note assessment based on our facts of the day.


Next Test - Imperialism and beginning of WWI - Moved to Thursday 2/21/19.  Study guide will be distributed on 2/12.


Progressives Newspaper Project (Test Grade) Due Friday February 8, 2019.  Information and a blank template for 3rd and 4th periods can be found as PDF documents at the bottom of this page.



3rd Quarter Exam - Tuesday, March 26th - Study Topics are on my wall in the classroom.   


801 Specials


Monday - Spanish

Tuesday - Music

Wednesday - P.E.

Thursday - Tech.

Friday - P.E.


Scroll down to the bottom for our Word Part Vocabulary Lists




Daily homework is listed on each day of the agenda below.


Weekly Class Agenda


February 18 - Monday - Presidents Day - No School


February 19 - Tuesday - Finish Sarajevo Newspaper Front, complete WB 73-75 and trench warfare activity for HW.  Use this link in class and at home to work your way through the Adventure Game and complete the worksheet. 


February 20 - Wednesday - Finish Trench Warfare, Review for Test


February 21 - Thursday - Test


February 22 - Friday - Americans prepare for WWI notes and song lyric analysis.



February 11 - Monday - U.S. and Latin America - read, graphic organizer, extension questions, WB p 64 - 72 due tomorrow.

  • Take another look at the Cartoon on p. 707. On the back of your paper, describe what is happening in the cartoon (what do you see?). Answer the following questions: What do you think this stick represents?  Why are these vessels warships?  How does the cartoonist portray (show) the parts of the Roosevelt Corollary?
  • Copy the Quick Facts on p. 709 on the back of your paper (write each President’s name / policy and its description. Explain how U.S. policy changed from Washington through Wilson.
  • Look at the map on p. 710-711. Answer the questions in the box (p711) on the back of your paper.


February 12 - Tuesday - Causes and Alliances of WW1, Causes of WW1 Visual Summary (list, describe, and draw a picture to represent each cause)


February 13 - Wednesday - The Guns of August - Assassination in Sarajevo front page


February 14 - Thursday - Rally Day, Early Battles and a New Kind of War


February 15 - Friday - No School for students 



February 4 - Monday - Intro to Imperialism Notes, time for project


February 5 - Tuesday - Finish intro to Imperialism, Visual Summary - causes and effects of imperialism - state each of the causes, describe each cause in your own words, draw a picture to represent each cause, list effects of imperialism.  Work on Project


February 6 - Wednesday - American Imperialism Source Activity, WB 64 - 66


February 7 - Thursday - Spanish-American War, Timeline Activity, WB 67 - 69


February 8 - Friday - Finish Spanish-American War - Yellow journalism and click baiting activity 



January 28 - Monday - Women's Rights Movement - fill-in notes, video clips, discussions


January 29 - Tuesday - African Americans Challenge Discrimination - notes, fill-in notes, HW finish reflection on fill-in notes, WB pages 58-60


January 30 - Wednesday - The Progressive Presidents - Complete Graphic Organizer in class, begin Visual Summary - Title: Progressive Problems and Solutions.  Directions: Identify Four problems progressives addressed (ex. Child Labor).  Draw a picture to represent each problem then give a detailed explanation of how the Progressives fixed each problem. 


January 31 - Thursday - Progressives Wrap Up, Introduce and begin Progressives Newspaper Project


February 1 - Friday - Progressive Newspaper Project



Complete your Newspaper on a series of computer paper or construction paper.  Write your articles on strips of lined paper or type the articles in narrow columns.  Make sure you secure attachments so they don’t fall off.


You may print out or draw pictures that correspond to your articles.


The political cartoon or propaganda poster must be a hand-drawn, original creation.  Do not copy or redraw a real political cartoon. 


Make sure your newspaper is neat, legible, and creative. 


The Requirements and Grading Rubric are attached as a PDF document at the bottom of this page.




January 21 - Monday - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School


January 22 - Tuesday - Intro to Progressive Movement, Finish Test, Current Event 3.1 due Thursday - Student's Choice -choose any Social Studies related article from


January 23 - Wednesday - Intro to Muckrakers and Reform - various source activities


January 24 - Thursday - Reforming the Workplace - Be A Muckraker Journalist - Write an article exposing the problems of child labor and offer possible solutions.  Refer to notes and activities to write your article.


January 25 - Friday - Intro to Women's Rights Movement



January 14 - Monday - finish immigration fill in notes, political cartoon analysis (1st & 2nd), film and response (3rd & 4th)


January 15 - Tuesday - Growth of Cities notes - Design a Post Card - WB 46-48, work on study guide


January 16 - Wednesday - City Life - Notes, Tenements Reading, writing response - 

Letter from a Tenement - Write a letter to a family member describing your life living in a tenement.  Use vivid descriptive language – What do you see, hear, smell, taste, feel, etc. Include the type of job you have,

how many people you live with, the dangers of living in the tenements, and what kind of changes are needed to make things safer.


January 17 - Thursday - Wrap Up and review - The articles for the tenement letter are at the bottom of the page as a PDF document.


January 18 - Friday - Test on Industrial Rev and the Gilded Age (counts for 3rd Quarter)




January 7 - Monday - Invention Infomercial (Periods 1-3) or Chart 


January 8 - Tuesday - Just the Facts- The Emergence of Modern America: The Gilded Age - Film with discussion questions - WB 37-39 (1st & 2nd Periods)


January 9 - Wednesday - Big Business - Textbook, Graphic Organizer, and Gilded Age Source Activity - WB 37-39 (3rd & 4th Periods)


Exit Slip for 1st and 2nd Periods:

  • In one paragraph, on loose leaf, Explain:
  • How did America change during the Gilded Age?
  • Cite at least three specific examples from your notes/the video to support your answer.
  • For example:
  • America changed because of the growth in industrialization.
  • America changed due to a growth in cities.
  • Support either one of these statements or one of your own creation with evidence.


January 10 - Thursday - Industrial Workers Group Activity - Present a labor strike poster / event to the class (1st & 2nd Periods)

  • 3rd & 4th Periods: create a labor union propaganda poster that might be published by the Knights of Labor or the American Federation of Labor to attract people to join the union.
  • Include: name of union, who can join, problems workers faced, solutions to the problems, and related pictures
  • Make sure it is colorful, creative, and neat.


January 11 - Friday -

1st & 2nd Periods - finish industrial workers, intro to immigration

3rd & 4th Periods - Intro to Immigration 



December 31 - Monday - Winter Break


January 1 - Tuesday - Happy New Year! 


January 2 - Wednesday - Give back and discuss DBQ, Intro to Industrial Revolution - Fill in Notes


January 3- Thursday - Read textbook 614 - 618,  complete graphic organizer.  Introduce Infomercials, Begin background work to create infomercial presentation.


January 4 - Friday - Finish background information for infomercial activity, begin writing skit for infomercial activity.




December 17 - Monday - Test Review and Document Analysis for Document Based Question assignment.


December 18 - Tuesday - Test Review and Document Analysis for Document Based Question assignment.  Begin pre-write outline or graphic organizer.


December 19 - Wednesday - Government Test 2, Part 1; Continue outline or graphic organizer, begin writing essay.


December 20 - Thursday - Government Test 2, Part 2; Continue writing essay.  Finish essay for Homework


December 21 - Friday - DBQ due today; Winter Holiday Traditions and Historical Connections    




December 10 - Monday - 1st & 2nd - Work on Defend My Cabinet (Complete on sheet of computer paper attached to construction paper - Due Wednesday - sample is below); 3rd & 4th - Review the Responsibilities of the 15 Cabinet Departments 


December 11 - Tuesday - 1st & 2nd - Work on Defend My Cabinet (Complete on sheet of computer paper attached to construction paper - Due Wednesday - sample is below); 3rd & 4th - Review the Responsibilities of the 15 Cabinet Departments 


December 12 - Wednesday - Basics of the U.S. Judicial System


December 13 - Thursday - American Judicial System, Introduce DBQ


December 14 - Friday - Complete DBQ




December 3 - Monday - ELA Practice Test Part 1 - shortened periods - Periods 1 & 2 - Ideal President writing assignment.  Periods 3 & 4 - class brainstorm and part 1 of Writing Assignment

Part 1

What qualities do you look for in a leader?  Which of those qualities might apply to the office of the President?  What other qualities do you desire in the President?  Why?  Who would be

your ideal presidential candidate in 2020?  Why?  What qualities do they possess that would make them a good president?


Part 2

Pretend there is no age requirement to be President.  You have been elected President. 

Why did the people vote for you in the elections? 

What qualities do you have that reassure people you are the right person for the job? 

What was your campaign slogan? 

What issues will you make the focus of your administration?  Why? 

How will you lead the country?  Why will you be successful?


December 4 - Tuesday - ELA Practice Test Part 2 - shortened periods - Periods 1 & 2 - Roles of the President interactive notes.  Periods 3 & 4 - Writing Assignment part 2 (see above)


December 5 - Wednesday - Period 1 - Intro to the Cabinet & Current Event #2, Period 2 - Finish Roles of the President, Begin intro to the Cabinet, Current Event #2, Periods 3 & 4 - Roles of the President & Current Event # 2


 Follow your standard current event template (It is included at the bottom of this page if you no longer have it).

  • In addition, answer the following questions at the end of your current event:
  • Which power(s) of the President are evident from this article? Refer back to your notes, include textual evidence.
  • Which “role” (refer back to your notes) was the President serving for this current event? Include textual evidence.
  • What does this event tell you about the President and his leadership?


December 6 - Thursday - Periods 1 & 2 - Finish Cabinet Notes & Complete Defend My Cabinet Mini Poster, Periods 3 & 4 - The President's Cabinet.


December 7 -  Friday - PD Day




November 26 - Monday - Continue Congressional Powers, finish interactive notebook page


November 27 - Tuesday - How a Bill Becomes a Law


November 28 - Wednesday - How a Bill Becomes a Law - 2 - Write your own bill


November 29 - Thursday - Intro to the Presidency.  Read Article II, Writing Assignment - The Ideal President


November 30 - Friday - Presidents Scavenger Hunt




November 19 - Monday - Overview of Congress, HW - Leadership Roles in Congress WKST


November 20 - Tuesday - Powers of Congress - Ted Ed Video - What is power with discussion questions, expressed and implied powers, interactive notebook page


November 21 - Wednesday - How a Bill Becomes a Law


November 22 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break




November 12 - Monday - No School - Veterans' Day Holiday


November 13 - Tuesday - Review Parts of the Constitution, Constitution Chart


November 14 - Wednesday - HS Visitation Day


November 15 - Thursday - Word Parts List 6, Overview of three branches of government, test review


November 16 - Friday - Government Test 1




November 5 - Monday - Intro to U.S. Constitution, work on Forms of Government project (found below). 

HW - work on individual parts of project.  

3rd Period HW - finish Limited v. Unlimited Government Assignment

4th Period HW - finish What it means to live in a democracy explain and draw.  Complete limited v unlimited government assignment



Democracy Assignment

  • Reflective Writing/Drawing piece - what does it mean to you to live in a democracy?
  • Fold your paper in half
  • On side one, explain what it means to you to live in a democracy.
  • On side two, draw pictures that represent living in a democracy.


Limited v. Unlimited Assingment

Take a sheet of computer paper.

Fold it in half, unfold it.

Write Limited Government at the top of one side.

Write Unlimited Government at the top of the other side.

Create a picture and word collage to represent each type of government.


November 6 - Tuesday - Election Day - U.S. Constitution Con't (scavenger hunt or chart), work on project


November 7 - Wednesday - Current Event - Work on Project


Democrats retake control of House, Republicans expand Senate majority as midterms leave power split in Washington


Blackburn wins in Tennessee Senate race as 'Taylor Swift effect' comes up short



Women and LGBT candidates make history in 2018 midterms


House Democrats ascendant, set to check Trump's power


Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey gain re-election in Pennsylvania


November 8 - Thursday - Assemble poster, Word Part List 6, Amendment Process Notes, Equal Rights Amendment Activity 


November 9 - Friday - PD Day - No School for students




October 29 Monday - Current Event - Use your current event template and the article for your class below to complete the assignment.  If you are absent or you lost the template, it can be found at the bottom of this page.


1st & 2nd Period:


3rd & 4th Period:




October 30 - Tuesday - Characteristics of a Democracy, Continue Types of Government


October 31 - Wednesday - Halloween and El Dia de Los Muertos traditions and culture


November 1 - Thursday - Limited and Unlimited Government, Characteristics of Democracy 


November 2 - Friday - Types of Government Review - Group Poster, Limited or Unlimited Government 




October 22 Monday - Purpose of Government 

Directions: The purposes of government are beautifully explained in the Preamble to the American Constitution. Cut out the graphic organizer and glue down the center into your notebook. Fold along the dotted lines and on each flap draw a picture to represent one of the purposes of government on one side and then name that purpose on the opposite side.


HW: Characteristics of a State Visual Summary due Tuesday - Need to include title "characteristics of a state", name each of the four characteristics, based on the descriptions in your notes, draw a representation of each characteristic.  Make it colorful and neat - complete on construction or computer paper.


October 23 Tuesday - Four Theories on the Beginning of Government 


October 24 Wednesday - Forms of Government


October 25 Thursday - U.S. Geography Test; Forms of Government Continued 


October 26 Friday - Characteristics of Democracy




October 15 Monday - Review Test 2 Objectives 1 & 2 from study guide, work on visual component of project, work on study guide.  CNN 10 Video and Log


October 16 Tuesday - Review Test 2 Objectives 3 & 4 from study guide, work on visual component of project, work on study guide.


October 17 Wednesday - Review Test 2 Objective 5 from study guide, intro to government, work on study guide


October 18 Thursday - Geography Test #2


October 19 Friday - Intro to Government Continued  - CNN 10 Video and Log Characteristics of a State Visual Summary due Tuesday - Need to include title "characteristics of a state", name each of the four characteristics, based on the descriptions in your notes, draw a representation of each characteristic.  Make it colorful and neat - complete on construction or computer paper.




October 8 Monday - No School


October 9 Tuesday - Continue Geography of U.S. map activity, brainstorm visual of project


October 10 Wednesday - Class notes on Regions and landmarks, last chance to finish map activity in class, work on Place Activity Visual


October 11 Thursday - Word Parts List 4, Work on Visual for Place Activity


October 12 Friday - submit place Activity, complete map extension activity, work on study guide. 




October 1 Monday - First Period - Complete brainstorm and pre-write for Place Activity.  Begin drafting paragraphs.  Second, Third, and Fourth Periods - wrap up 5 Themes, Explain Place Activity, begin Place Activity Brainstorm Graphic Organizer.  Brainstorm due tomorrow. 


October 2 Tuesday - New England and MidAtlantic Regions, Work on Place Activity - Narrative Writing Component due tomorrow.


October 3 Wednesday - Southern Region, Work on Place Activity - Descriptive Writing Component due tomorrow


October 4 Thursday - Word Parts Quiz - Lists 1 - 3 - Students should be able to define the word parts and sample words.  Midwest Region, Work on Place Activity - Persuasive Writing Component due Tuesday 10/2.


October 5 Friday - Professional Development Day - No School for Students - Enjoy your four-day weekend!




September 24 Monday - finish location, intro to maps


September 25 Tuesday continue intro to maps


September 26 Wednesday Test # 1, maps independent practice


September 27 Thursday Finish test, continue independent practice or move on to Place  


September 28 Friday  Wrap up Five Themes, introduce Place Activity Project




September 17 Monday - Constitution Day - Current Event Assignment

Use the following articles to complete your assignment.


September 18 Tuesday - Intro to Geography - Five Themes of Geography


September 19 Wednesday - Five Themes, Continued


September 20 Thursday - Latitude and Longitude


September 21 Friday - Word Parts List 2, Test Review Day




September 10 Monday - Introduction to the Social Sciences


September 11 Tuesday - Primary and Secondary Sources; Overview of 9/11/01


September 12 Wednesday - Word Parts list one, continue working on 9/11 and sources


September 13 Thursday - Writing styles in Social Studies - narrative, informational, persuasive;

HW - Writing assignment - Write one paragraph in the informational style that explains what social studies is.  Write one paragraph in the persuasive style that expresses your agreement or disagreement with the importance of social studies in the classroom.


September 14 Friday - Social Sciences visual summary


Word Parts


Word Parts List #1 


Biblio – book or books

Define the Sample Word: Bibliography a list of sources at the end of a book or paper


Gram – something written in a particular way

Define the Sample Word: Pictogram – a symbol representing a concept, object, etc.


Graphy – writing; the production of images; descriptive sciences or studies

Define the Sample Word: Ethnography: the scientific description of the customs of individual peoples and cultures.


Logue – a type of communication or debate

Define the Sample Word: Monologue – a speech delivered by one person


Logy – a subject of study or interest

Define the Sample Word: Pathology – field of medicine dealing with the cause of disease


Ics – a subject of study or branch of interest

Define the Sample Word: Linguistics – the scientific study of language and its structure


Anti – acting against, resisting, or opposing something

Define the Sample Word: Antisocial – not wanting the company of others


Word Parts List 2


Poli - city

Political – relating to the government or public affairs of a country


Geo - Earth

Geology - the study of the Earth, the materials of which it is made, the structure of those materials, and the processes acting upon them.


Psych- mind, brain

Psychiatrist – a doctor specializing in the treatment of mental illness


-ology - a subject of study

Archaeology - the study of the ancient and recent human past through material remains


-graph - to write or draw

Autograph – a signature, especially of a famous person written as a memento for an admirer


 Word Parts List 3


Dem – people

Democracy: a system of government by the whole population or eligible members typically through elected representatives


Liber – free

Liberty: the state of being free within society from excessive, oppressive restrictions imposed by authority


Loc, Locat – place

Localization: the process of making something local or restricting it to a certain place.


Circum – around, about

Circumstances: a fact or condition connected to an event or action


Trans – across, beyond, through

Transfer: to move or copy from one place to another


Cart, Carto – map, piece of paper

Cartel: an association of manufacturers or suppliers with the purpose of maintaining prices at a high level and restricting competition


Word Parts List 4

Form – Shape

Formation: the action of forming or process of being formed; a structure of something.


Jud – Judge

Judgment: an opinion or conclusion such as by a court.


Fract - Break

Fracture: a crack or break in a hard object or material;


Frag – Break

Fragment: a small part broken or separated off something


Gen- Birth, race, kind

Generation: all of the people born and living at about the same time; the production of something


Mob – Move

Mobile: able to move or be moved freely or easily


Word Parts List 5

-ject – throw, hurl

Eject - force or throw (something) out, typically in a violent or sudden way.


Vid, Vis – see

Video - the recording, reproducing, or broadcasting of moving visual images

Vision – the state of being able to see; a mental image of what the future will or could be like.


Dic, Dict – say

Dictator - a ruler with total power over a country, also known as autocrat, absolute ruler, despot, tyrant, or oppressor


Scrib, Script – write

Scribble - write or draw carelessly or quickly


Sens, Sent – feel

Sensation - a widespread reaction of interest and excitement

Sentimental - of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.


Port – carry

Transport - take or carry (people or goods) from one place to another


Word Parts List 6

Ante- before
Antebellum -
occurring or existing before a particular way

Com- with, together, in association, and (with intensive force) completely
Compile -
produce by assembling information collected from other sources.

Pre- prior to, in advance of, before
Premeditate - 
think out or plan beforehand.

Per- through, thoroughly, very, throughout, away, beyond
Perennial – 
enduring or continually recurring

-osis - occurs in nouns that denote actions, conditions, or states
an infectious bacterial disease

Micro- small, very small in comparison with others of its kind, localized, 
Microcosm – a miniature representation of a greater part

Macro- large, long, great, excessive
the whole of a complex structure,


Teacher Biography

Thank you for visiting my page.  This school year marks my 15th year as a member of the Towne family.  I have previously taught 9th and 10th grade World History for seven years, as well as 5th and 6th grade Social Studies for one year.  This is my 8th year teaching 8th grade Social Studies.  In addition to my teaching assignment, I also serve as the moderator of the FTCES Yearbook.  I am looking forward to another great year at Towne. 


Teacher Education and Certificates

  • 2008 - M.A. - History, History for Educators - LaSalle University
  • 2003 - B.S. - Secondary Education, Social Studies and Second Major - Anthropology, Human Biology
  • 1998 - Roman Catholic High School - H.S. diploma
  • PA Level II Instructional Certificate - Social Studies 7-12 and English 7-12


Class Expectations

  • Arrive to class prepared and on time.  This includes any books and supplies needed for the day as well as your planner, ongoing classwork, and any homework or projects due that day.
  • Complete all assignments completely and to your best ability.  Hand assignments in on time.
  • Actively participate and positively contribute to classroom activities.
  • Bee Your Best Self.
  • Be on your best behavior.  Follow all rules as stated in the Handbook and Code of Conduct.
  • Be respectful and polite to everyone at all times.
  • Respect the teacher's and each other's personal space including the teacher's desk, classroom storage, and assigned student desks.
  • Raise your hand to speak.
  • Have the confidence to ask questions.
  • Keep your locker, the hallway, the classroom and the area around your desk neat and free from clutter. 
  • Make sure your books fit under your desk; do not block the aisles.
  • Appreciate everyone's time, knowledge, opinions, and questions.
  • Become a better student through learning how to study and reading informational text.
  • Apply what you learn in ELA across the curriculum, especially writing across the content area.
  • Have a greater appreciation for Social Studies.


Course Content

  • Introduction to the Social Studies
  • Geography
  • Principles of U.S. Government
  • The U.S. Becomes a World Power
  • World War I
  • The Roaring 20s and the Great Depression
  • The Rise of Dictators and World War II
  • The Cold War
  • American Pop Culture of the 1950s
  • The 1960s: War, Protest, and Counterculture
  • The 1970s: Nixon, Watergate, and "Me"
  • The 1980s: The Reagan Revolution
  • The 1990s: The End of the Cold War, New Challenges, and the "Best Decade Ever" 
  • The New Millennium and Current Events 



Students who go above and beyond expectations will be rewarded with merits.  Students should not request or expect merits for doing what is supposed to be done.  Students will be rewarded upon meeting designated thresholds.   

Homework Policy

  • Homework assignments will be valuable extensions of learning or a preview for upcoming lessons.
  • All students are required to copy their homework assignments in their planner when they arrive to class. 
  • Students are required to complete all homework and projects entirely and submit them on time (at the beginning of class) on the assigned due date.
  • Any student failing to complete a homework assignment will receive an Administrative Lunch Detention and is subject to progressive disciplinary action as described in the Handbook and Code of Conduct. 
  • It is imperative that students complete projects to their best ability.  
  • Late projects will be reduced 10 points for each day it is late.
  • Students will be given plenty of time to complete projects which may include class time to work on them.
  • A lack of paper or ink for the printer is never a valid excuse for not completing a project on time.