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Mr. Holmberg

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phone: 788-7435


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Personal Information

This is my 17th year teaching at OMS and my 9th year teaching the 8th grade American History class.  I spent my other years in the district teaching various classes such as 8th grade technology, Health, PE, Creative Writing, high school Global Studies, 7th grade technology, and high school Accounting.  However, U. S. History is by far the subject that I enjoy teaching the most.  My goal as a teacher is for my enjoyment and enthusiasm for history to be passed on to my students.

When I have free time, I enjoy playing golf and ice hockey, and I also spend numerous hours attending my sons’ (Nicklas – 14 and Matthew – 12) sporting events. While at Oakridge, I have coached at least one sport every year.  Included are middle school boys’ and girls’ basketball, and I am currently the middle school boys’ track coach.  It’s very rewarding to me to see athletes work hard to improve throughout a season and accomplish goals that they never thought were attainable.

8th Grade Social Studies

Eighth grade Social Studies introduces students to the history of the United States from the Articles of Confederation to the end of the 19th century (approx. 1783-1898). Using primary and secondary sources, they explore time and place in 19th century America. Students also evaluate the challenges faced by the new nation and the roles of political and social leaders in meeting these challenges. They also analyze the nature and effect of territorial, demographic, and economic growth in the 19th century. Students identify early attempts to abolish or contain slavery and to realize the ideals of the Declaration of Independence for all. In studying the Civil War and Reconstruction, students evaluate multiple causes, key events, and complex consequences of the war and its aftermath.

Eighth grade U.S. History consists of ten units of study:

1. Foundations – Revolution and the New Nation

2. Challenges to an Emerging Nation

3. Regional and Economic Growth

4. Expansion and Reform

5. The Coming of the Civil War

6. The Civil War

7. Reconstruction

8. An Age of Industry

9. Current Issues

10.Citizen Involvement and Public Discourse

The textbook used for our class is Prentice Hall’s America: History of our Nation. Information about the textbooks can be accessed through Prentice Hall’s website at