7th grade social studies will examine the history of some of the earliest human civilizations. Some of the early civilizations that will be covered in this class include Greek, Roman, Islamic, African, Chinese, and Japanese. This course is based on the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. The goal of this course is for students to become more knowledgeable, responsible, and active citizens within their local and world communities.
Discovery Our Past: A History of the World, Early Years (McGraw Hill, 2013)
This course is designed to develop and enhance the following skills: chronological and analytical thinking; interpretation of primary source and historical documents; interpreting data from maps, graphs, and tables; interpreting multiple points of view; research skills; writing skills, reading skills; vocabulary skills; interpersonal and cooperative learning skills; communication skills; organizational skills; note taking, etc.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS / GRADING POLICY:
All grades will be based on a point system.
Homework Assignments/Class Participation – 2 to 5 Points
Quizzes – 10 to 15 Points
Tests/Projects – 30 to 40 Points
The following grading scale will be followed:
90-100% A – Excellent 70-79% C – Average 59% and below F
80-89% B – Above Average 60-69% D – Below Average
REQUIRED MATERIALS FOR EVERY CLASS PERIOD:
- Textbook – Discovering Our Past
- A History Notebook or Three Ring Binder (To Take Notes)
- Basic Two-Pocket Folder (To Organize Class Handouts)
- Chromebook (School Provided)
- A Pen/Pencil
BASIC CLASSROOM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:
- Be Responsible – Students are expected to take the initiative and make-up any work (assignments,
quizzes, etc.) they have missed due to an absence. Extra papers are located in the back of the classroom.
- Be Respectful – Students are required to be courteous and respectful to others at all times.
- Class Participation – Students are to remain attentive and focused on each task while they are in class.
Tardiness, sleeping, and class disruptions will not be tolerated. All disciplinary problems will be dealt with
in accordance to the student handbook.
- Late Work – All assignments are to be turned in on the due date at the BEGINNING of the class. If a
student is absent on the day an assignment is due, he/she must turn in the assignment on the day he/she