7th Grade Social Studies 2011-2012 Syllabus World History

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
 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
 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
 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
 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
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
 Differentiate how continuity and change have
impacted world history.
Belief systems and religions
Commerce and industry
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
This syllabus may be subject to change.
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