7th Grade Social Studies 2011-2012 Syllabus World History- Ancient Through Early Modern Times e-mail: [email protected] phone: 574-2267 (ext. 5310) Topics of Study The Earliest Human Societies Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent The Hebrew Kingdoms Ancient Egypt and Kush Ancient India African Civilizations * Ancient China & Dynasties of China * Ancient Greece & Classical Greece * The Rise of Rome & Rome’s Decline and Legacy The Rise of Islam American Civilizations The * symbolizes a unit (2 chapters in length) We will also be learning about World Religions Course Textbook World History: Ancient Through Early Modern Times Students will be expected to maintain their assigned textbook throughout the 2011-2012 school year and return it in the same condition it was given to you. (Normal wear is expected and not penalized) Online textbook available at classzone.com Online textbook username: 7whiteteam Online textbook password: password Social Studies Notebook Social Studies Notebooks MUST be brought to class every day. We will set up and organize our notebooks together in class. Bell Ringers, Study Guides, and Tests need to be stored in the notebooks. Bell Ringers and Study Guides will be emptied after each Chapter/Unit Test. Supply List 3-Ring Hard Cover Binder (1 inch ring) for Social Studies ONLY! Notebook Dividers (need 3 tabs) A few Pencils (bring extra to be prepared) 3 Hole Punched Lined Paper Grading Policy Points based system; all work will be scored according to the total points possible for each assignment. Assessments (such as chapter tests and unit exams) will be worth more points than quizzes and homework. All chapter tests and unit exams need to be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Students will receive a Participation Grade each marking period. Each Marking Period Grade is determined by dividing all the points earned by the total points possible. Parent Portal: Every Wednesday afternoon/early evening I update my grade book. You may see assignments appear on other days but please know Wednesday (PM) the bulk of grading will be posted. Homework Policy Homework is expected to be completed to the best of your ability & handed in ON TIME! Homework is worth 10 points each assignment, each day late 2.5 points will be docked. If you don’t complete the assignment AND it is late more than 2.5 will be docked. Completed Homework Point Policy o On Time = 10/10 o 1 day late = 7.5/10 o 2 days late = 5/10 o 3 days or more = 2.5/10 7th Grade Social Studies 2011-2012 Syllabus World History- Ancient Through Early Modern Times e-mail: [email protected] phone: 574-2267 (ext. 5310) Late Homework will NOT be accepted from previous chapters or units. At the end of each chapter or unit you must have all your late homework turned in before the chapter or unit test. Under the Topics of Study *indicates a UNIT (2 chapters together) and you will be given a Unit Test, the remaining Topics of Study are chapters, you will study one chapter at a time and be given a chapter test. Class Expectations Come prepared for class: Students are required to have their SS book, SS notebook, paper, pencils and completed homework every day! Respect yourself & others (all adults & peers) Keep an open mind & participate in class Be Safe by keeping yourself TO yourself and listening to all instructions Work cooperatively with peers. Always put forth your best effort. Follow classroom procedures and stay on task! Class Rules Be on time. One person speaks at a time; raise your hand during full group instruction. Only SS materials at your desk, other subject materials need to be placed on the back racks. Chew gum responsibly! (or lose the privilege) Follow the School Wide Rules Regular Class Activities Study Guides: students will be filling in study guides while interacting with the text. Vocabulary Words: words will appear on quizzes and formal assessments, such as tests. Group Work: students will be collaborating with their peers on a daily basis in order to discuss course content and work on class activities. Presenting: students will present in front of the class as small groups or individuals. Role Play: create small skits in order to reenact historical events or portray significant people in order to review course content. Mini Projects: create course related projects directly linked to our learning objects that will address a multitude of learning styles and preferences. Use of Technology: students will use technology consistently throughout the year including taking quizzes and tests on clickers and using the online textbook. Overall Course Goals Summarize the social, political, cultural, and economic contributions of individuals and groups in world history. Explain the importance of historical documents, artifacts, and sites which are critical to world history. Differentiate how continuity and change have impacted world history. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Belief systems and religions Commerce and industry Technology Politics and government Physical and human geography Social organizations Explain how conflict and cooperation among groups and organizations have impacted the history of the world. Additional Information Additional information is available on my website. This syllabus may be subject to change.