Course Syllabus

Ms. Hall

7th Grade Individuals and Societies

mindy.hall@bexleyschools.org

     

       Welcome to 7th Grade World History!

 

This course is a survey of the history of the world and its societies from 750 B.C. to 1600 A.D.: Ancient Greece to the First Global Age. All four state social studies strands are used to illustrate how historic events are shaped by geographic, social, cultural, economic and political factors.

 7th grade World History students will develop their understanding of how ideas and events from the past have shaped the world today. Areas and cultures studied include Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China and Japan.

 Unit A – Ancient Greece and Rome                                 Unit E- Medieval Africa

Unit B – Medieval Europe                                          Unit F- Medieval China

Unit C – Renaissance and Reformation                      Unit G- Medieval Japan

Unit D – Islamic Civilization

 

The texts used in this class are Glencoe’s World History Journey Across Time: The Early Ages and History Alive: The Medieval World and Beyond fromTeachers’ Curriculum Institute. (Chapters 1-8, and parts of 9 & 10 of Journey Across Time are used by the sixth-grade classes of Bexley, while this course will use chapters 9, 10, & 11-18.) We will also use other supplemental materials, both document and web based. This class follows all State of Ohio and International Baccalaureate guidelines for study. In addition, we will participate in several videoconferences with experts and will engage in a service learning project.

Students and parents should check my webpage on Canvas for information regarding class, assignments, links to important websites, uploaded copies of worksheets, and much more.

 You can be trusted to…

  • Be on time and ready to go when the bell rings!
  • Bring the following to class each day:  completed homework, with heading, name and date    assignment notebook        -pen, pencil, paper        -class folder or 3-ring binder
  • Be attentive and copy down your assignment at the start of class.
  • Get involved in class.  

Standards-Based Grading

In this course, a non-traditional, standards-based grading system is used. Rather than using a point system to record scores on various assignments, quizzes and tests, you must demonstrate your level of proficiency on various learning targets related to the Ohio state standards for social studies grade 7. For example, instead of getting one letter grade for a quiz that may cover many topics, you will be scored on individual learning goals such as, “I can identify historical practices in Ancient Greece and Italy that influenced the rights U.S. citizens have today.”

Rubrics that list the learning targets to be demonstrated in the completion of a project, test or quiz, etc. will be provided to you and used for assessment. Grades will be assigned based on descriptors of achievement only. Grades will not be affected by issues such as lateness of work, effort, attitude, participation, and attendance. Those factors will be reported separately.

For each learning target or standard, you will be scored using the following scale:

Mastery

Student consistently and independently demonstrates the specified knowledge and skills.

Approaching Mastery

Student inconsistently or with limited support demonstrates the specified knowledge and skills.

Needs Support

Student needs ongoing support to demonstrate the specified knowledge and skills.

Insufficient Evidence

Student has not yet provided enough information for the teacher to determine what the student can do.

 Additionally:

  1. All assignments need to be completed and (if applicable) turned in on time.
  2. Homework assignments and projects are due on the specified date or will be considered late. You will have temporarily earned an incomplete/insufficient evidence in PowerSchool. You have the opportunity to turn in the assignment/project or complete an alternative assessment to demonstrate proficiency at an agreed upon time.
  3. You will have the opportunity to receive re-teaching and re-assessment to demonstrate proficiency on an assessment of learning targets. The times that these will occur will be announced in class following each assessment or you may arrange to work with me in a timely manner.
  4. If absent, it is your responsibility to see me regarding what you missed.
  5. Please check PowerSchool regularly for updated learning progress reports.  

Supplies:

 You will need the following…

   -3 ring binder or folder specifically for this class

   -loose-leaf paper for homework or class work

   -pens and pencils (black or blue)

   -markers or colored pencils (some days)

   -assignment notebook

 

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