Gouge, Robert (Social Studies - 8)

Virtual Days:  Office Hours 2:00 - 3:00
LMS:  Google Classroom
Classroom Codes: 
m a o 3 3 m u 1st Block
j v n z d 6 p 2nd Block
z h s n c k 3 3rd Block
n q e 4 6 e c 4th Block
Contact me anytime at robert.gouge@bcsemail.org and I will get back to you asap.

Virtual Meet the Teacher Link below.  Either copy and paste or click on the link below.


My name is Robby Gouge and I have been teaching Social Studies at A.C. Reynolds Middle School for the past 23 years.  I am happily married and have two wonderful children.  My son is a defensive lineman and long-snapper for Mars Hill University and my daughter is a musician, playing "Fiddle," specializing in Bluegrass and Traditional American music. 

Having attended Mars Hill College some years ago where I was the recipient of the Harley Jolly History Scholarship, I earned my degree in History and Secondary Education.  I have a passion for United States History and it is of the utmost importance for me to teach kids about our nation's exciting past.  Please feel free to contact me by email at any time about anything at robert.gouge@bcsemail.org

News and Announcements for the 2020-2021 School Year


My name is Robby Gouge and I am your child’s United States and North Carolina History teacher for the 2020-2021 school-year.  Included in this letter, you will find some general information about what we will be studying in class with a course outline, my class room/virtual policies and student expectations, grading and assignment information, exams, quizzes, projects, and a list of the educational movies and or video clips that we may be watching in class.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Robby Gouge

A.C. Reynolds Middle School




Office Hours, M-F, 2:00 - 3:00.


Course Outline

Most of the time in my class will be spent studying, researching, and discussing the United States and North Carolina from early exploration until the late 20th Century.  There will be a heavy emphasis on the Thirteen Colonies, life in Colonial America, Slavery and the Atlantic Slave Trade, the French and Indian and Revolutionary War, the Constitutional Convention, and the creation of the United States government.  We will also introduce the Westward Movement, it’s impacts on Native Americans and the United States before the Civil War.

As things have changed drastically over the last few months, most instruction will be delivered virtually via Google Clasroom and we will have several Zoom meetings.                                                          

Class Rules

1.  Listen and pay attention.

2.  Do what you are told.

Student Expectations and Class Discipline

All students are expected to do their absolute best at all times.  Nothing less will be accepted.  Exemplary classroom/virtual behavior and maturity are also expected.  If the rules are not observed or followed, students will receive a strong, verbal warning from the teacher.  If the misbehavior continues, the student will then receive either a detention or immediate office referral.  All students will be held responsible and accountable for their own actions and decisions.

Grading policies, assignments, exams and projects

A  90 – 100

B    80 – 90

C    70 - 80 

D    60 – 70

F      0 – 59

Each assignment such as homework, classwork, and quizzes will count once.  Exams and projects will count twice.  Homework will be given when necessary.  Thus, your child may or may not have homework in my class on a regular basis.  However, when it is assigned, it is expected that it will be completed.

What your child will need to bring to class on a daily basis.

1.  Pencil or pen.

2.  Laptop.

3.  Spiral notebook to take class notes.

4.  One box of colored pencils.

Projects, Movies and Other Information

Throughout the course of the year, there will be some research projects assigned to each class.  The directions will be clearly defined, the expectations clearly stated and the due date clearly known.  The projects will range from making colonial crafts, to History Day to creating Power-point presentations, movies, and informational brochures.  All projects will be counted as a major grade for that specific grading period and it is expected that the finished product will be the result of the highest form of personal effort.

There will also be several opportunities during the year to watch some educational movies, or various clips related to what we are studying in class.  These will correlate with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for the 8th grade.  All of these movies have been approved by the school administration.  A tentative list of the movie titles are as follows.  This is subject to change. 

Roanoke- (PG). A story about John White and the first European colony at Roanoke and their disappearance in 1587.

Revolution- (PG).This story deals with Tom Dobb and his son Ned, who are caught up in events in New York City in 1776 and end up fighting together in the Continental Army during the American War for Independence.

Glory- (PG, edited).  Based on actual historical events, this is the true story of the all-black, 54th Massachusetts Infantry during the War Between the States.

Gods and Generals- (PG-13).  A in-depth story about the first three years of the War Between the States, prior to the Battle of Gettysburg, from 1861 – 1863.

Into the West- (Not Rated).  This television series, produced by Steven Spielberg, is about the westward movement in United States History and its negative effects on Native Americans from the early 1820’s until the Wounded Knee Massacre.

The Crossing-(Not Rated).  Originally shown on A&E television, this is an account of General George Washington and the Continental Army during the darkest days of the American Revolution in 1776 and of the sweeping Continental victory against the Hessians at Trenton.

The Last of the Mohicans- (PG-13, edited).  Filmed here in Asheville and in the Great Smoky Mountains, this is an adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s novel about events in the colonies during the French and Indian War in 1757.

Dances With Wolves-(PG-13).  A film about how the West was lost and how Native American culture and life disappeared with it.

Operation Dumbo Drop-(PG).  Based on true events, this story is about a group of Green Berets during the Vietnam War that tries to replace an elephant for a Vietnamese village in the Central Highlands when theirs had been accidentally killed.

Geronimo-(PG-13).  Based on the events of the Apache warrior Geronimo and the US government’s plan to catch him and his people.

The Alamo-(PG-13).  Film about the Texas Revolution of 1836 and its causes, events, and effects.

Warhorse-(PG)  Film about a young English teen and his horse that are caught up in the events of World War I.

The Field of Lost Shoes-(PG-13) Based upon the true events of the VMI cadets at the Battle of New Market, 1864.

Selma – (PG-13) Film about the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King’s beginning with the Selma March.

Parental Signature:  Please sign and date showing that you have read the handout.


Parental Signature:  I give my child permission to watch the movies listed above.


Student Signature



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Last Modified on October 28, 2014