Welcome to 7th grade Social Studies.
Welcome to 7th grade Social Studies. This year we will be studying a bit of geography, a bit of economics, and a lot of American History. Specifically we will be covering American History from 1850 - 1945. Our main topics of study will be the Civil War and Reconstruction, Immigration and Industrialization, WWI and the Great Depression, and WWII.
Required Daily Materials:
- Social Studies notebook (a 3 ring binder with lined paper)
- writing utensil
I believe that students learn best when when they are fully engaged and when they are having fun. I believe in providing a wide range of learning experiences that require active participation, careful thought, and focused attention in the classroom to help us have fun without compromising content.
I am a firm believer in flexible structure because I believe that doing so maximizes learning time, facilitates autonomy, and creates maximum space to individualize instruction. To that end, we will follow the expectations and procedures included below, understanding that sometimes life happens and we'll need to roll with the unexpected.
I believe that we all have a lot to learn from one another. I do my best to tailor how I teach, and the nuances of what I teach, to each individual class's specific interests. My 'big picture teaching' comes from the Arizona State Standards for teaching 7th grade social studies. I also adhere to the national Common Core standards for reading informational text and for writing.
Bell Work- Bell Work is displayed (usually on the SMART board) at the beginning of each class. Students are expected to have begun this before the bell rings.
Homework: Homework will be given every Monday through Thursday afternoon for a three week period. It is due the day after it is assigned. Every fourth week there will be no homework. Instead we will complete a quiz, test, or project during that time. Please see the calendar at the bottom of the page for assignments.
Late Work: Late work will be accepted any time up until two days before the unit test for that material. In some cases, like excused absences and redoing an assignment after a student-teacher conference, late work will receive full credit. In others, like an unexcused absence or when homework is habitually late (more than once per quarter), late work will receive partial credit at the instructor's discretion.
Tests and Quizzes:
Because I take test and quiz material directly from the text, in-class assignments, and homework assignments, and because we review all of the test / quiz material in class at least twice, and because I give students ample opportunity to study every piece of information at home during the week when no homework is given, I do not give make up exams of any sort. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Students who are not in-class on an exam or quiz date due to an excused absence will be required to complete their exam the day they return to class. There are no exceptions to this policy. Please check my graded work calendar for future exam dates. They will be posted three weeks in advance.
1. Be courteous and safe.
2. Use time wisely.
3. Participate to the best of your ability.
4. Participate fully.
Class Discipline Policy:
Everybody in our room is expected to follow all classroom policies and procedures, as well as our classroom expectations, at all times.
Positive and Negative Consequences:
When following classroom policies, procedures, and expectations consistently you can expect to be noticed. Some extra privileges you may earn include: praise, positive note to you, positive note home, individual privileges like slippers for a day, candy in class for a day, pillow and blanket day, free homework pass and more.
If you do not choose to follow the classroom policies, procedures, and expectations the following chain of events will be set in motion:
1. verbal warning
2. student / teacher conference / possible loss of classwork points
3. mandatory tutoring / detention (after school or lunchtime) and / or call home
4. removal from room and or / discipline referral
In cases of severe disruption we may jump immediately to #4.
Students earn points for completed homework, classwork, bell work, and tests. Homework, class work and bell work assignments are typically 10 points each. And typically we earn about 50 points a week. Tests are 50 points each, usually and are given approximately once a month. In addition, extra credit opportunities may present themselves at the instructor's discretion.
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
59% and below = F
August: geography and pre-civil war historical overview
September: Civil War and Reconstruction
October: Civil War and Reconstruction
November: Immigration and Industrialization
December: Immigration and Industrialization
January: US in a Global Age (Imperialism / WW I)
February: US in a Global Age
March: Great Depression and WWII
April: Great Depression and WWII
I am available Monday, Tuesday, and Friday before school from 8:05 - 8:20 for any student that needs help. I am available second lunch. I am also available after school from 3:25 to 3:40 on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also welcome email.
Ways you can help:
Donations of gently used children's books covering the subject matter mentioned above are always welcome as are donations of copy paper.
In addition, should you have a particular interest in any of the areas mentioned above, please don't hesitate to contact me. We are always looking for interesting, relevant guest speakers, project ideas, and field trips.