Ms. Sparrold's Classes

Middle School Social Studies site for Great Expectations Academy

About Me!

Hello, my name is Cassandra Sparrold Shute and I am Middle School Social Studies educator at Great Expectations Academy Charter School in Sahuarita, Arizona.  I hold a Masters of Secondary Education and Bachelors from the University of Arizona in English.  My current program of teaching includes passionate and humorous perspective while teaching both World and American History, Government, and Economics Strands, supplemented with study strategies for success for high school and college.  

I contribute expertise in conceptualizing, developing, delivering, maintaining and evaluating curricula with a focus on making learning fun and engaging multiple stakeholders while providing a variety of feedback types to transform students into engaged and inspired learners. Students regularly benefit from one-on-one feedback sessions, structured to deliver both compliments and constructive criticism on areas of improvement, calibrated to encourage student achievement.

My Student Council routinely identifies strategic areas of positive transformation, created school-wide initiatives and implemented their ideas through a variety of activities. We also identify areas of improvement for our school in a effort to increase engagement, internal and external communication.





Hello all and Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

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This year, we will accomplish great things in Social Studies; many of you will explore economics and the Constitution, in addition to general American or world-wide history.  

Quick site overview:

Notes and handouts, syllabi and textbook resources are all available through the RESOURCES Tab. 

Class breakdowns of expectations and the syllabi are also broken down on the Class page.  Periodically, I update these for interesting ideas. 

Homework assignments and upcoming shenaniganery is posted under NEWS.

 The Syllabus is the item you've signed and submitted as your first homework assignment.

Calendar includes school events.

Any questions, please email me directly through


Here's what to expect in the coming year:

6th Grade:

This year, we will track the rise of humanity from the  Paleolithic Eras, through Africa, the Middle East, the Asian continent.  We will explore the American cultures from the Clovis civilization through the Incan, Mayan and Aztec cultures, up through the landing of the Europeans.  We will explore the rise of humanity in Europe from the Indo-Europeans through to the British Renaissance.  This includes the rise of the Greeks and Romans, and the barbarians we call the Vikings.  We will explore various world-wide religions and it's impact on government systems and trade.  You will build a country that will share many of the same events that we will explore, develop trade relationships and explore the impact of art and war on your personal country.

7th Grade: 

This year is all about American History!  We will start with a quick overview of the Revolution, explore migratory patterns of Americans and major events that include the lead up to and the events of the Civil War.  We will explore Westward expansion and the Industrial, Progressive and Golden Eras.  We will interact with WWI and WWII, while understanding key elements of the Great Depression and it's causes.  Economics will make perfect sense as we trace American development into the major super-power we are today.  We will even talk about civics and how our governance works to contribute to our understanding of our country.

8th Grade:

We will explore how we started, and why Americans are the way we are!  We will start with the American Revolution and it's primary causes, explore the battles, and understand why we have the Constitution we have.   We will create our own Constitution for our own countries that will be participating in a large scale, long term Live Action Role Play Game.  Beware the Sparridians, as the Evil Empress will battle you for independence and sovereignty as you simulate the 20th century.  You will explore the Cold war and Civil rights through these simulations, gaining experience on understanding McCarthyism and a drive towards nuclear armaments. 


Please see this link or the link in the left hand frame for the policies of my class:

Class Policies


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All students will also be completing projects in Google Drive, something they will need a gmail account to access.  This free alternative cuts down on compatibility issues and is accessible regardless of your internet browser (indeed, some smart phones can access these docs.)