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 Welcome to 7th grade Social Studies.
NOTICE: During the week of April 7 - 11, we will be viewing segments of the movie '42' in class.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like your child to opt out of this activity. 
Contact information:
Bernadette Roberts
749 3883
Course Description:
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 )
  • writing utensil (sharpened pencil or two)
  • lined paper
Instructor Philosophy:
I believe that students learn best when when they are fully engaged and when they are having fun. I will provide a wide range of learning experiences that require active participation, careful thought, and focused attention in the classroom. I am also a firm believer in flexible structure.  I believe that having flexible structure in a classroom maximizes learning time, facilitates autonomy, and creates 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 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.
Class Procedures:
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 regularly and posted in advance. Incomplete work will not be accepted and 'late' work will only be accepted following an excused absence.  
Tests and Quizzes:
Students may generally use their notebooks when completing their quizzes. Tests will be taken without the aid of notes. 
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. 
Class Expectations:
1. Be courteous and safe.
2. Use time wisely.
3. Participate to the best of your ability.
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.
Grading Policy:
Students earn points for completed homework, classwork, bell work, quizzes, tests and participation.  
90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
59% and below = F
Grading is weighted:
25% Tests
25% Homwork
15% Quizzes 
15% Class Work
10% Bell Work
10% Participation 
Semester Timeline:
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
Spring Semester:
Civics and Government (chapters 7, 8)
Emergence of the Modern USA (chapters 22, 23, 24)
The Great Depression and WWII (chapters 25, 26, 27)
Contemporary USA (27, 28)
Throughout the semester there will be an increased emphasis on current events and geographic literacy. 
Extra Help:
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.
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