•                                        7th Grade Civics in Practice/World Geography Syllabus

     

    Welcome to Ms. Hartley's seventh grade social studies class! I am delighted to begin this year's social studies journey with you. Civics is the study of what it means to be an American citizen. This course provides a broad overview of democratic principles, federal government structures, state/local government issues, the political process, the American economy and what it means to be an active participant in society.

    The World Geography book is designed to open up students' perspectives to the different places and cultures of the world. Students will study the physical and human characteristics in five of the seven continents: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. For each of these continents, students will look at cultural, demographic, and economic similarities and differences.  

    Objectives in Civics:

    1. To be respectful, courteous, responsible, and accountable. (Use common sense)

    2. To be prepared for class (book, pen/pencil, notebook).

    3. To provide a thorough understanding of our nation's system of government.

    4. To instill the qualities of good citizenship.

    5. To provide the skills needed to participate in a democratic society.

    6. To familiarize with the contemporary issues that faces the U.S.A 

     

    ESSENTIAL Questions asked in Geography:

    1.       Why is it important as humans that we learn about other countries, governments, and cultures?

    2.       How does physical geography shape the culture, technology, and environment in which people live?

    3.       How do economic decisions (small and large) affect people?

    You will take part in many traditional learning experiences, such as note taking, using textbooks, tests and quizzes. You will also participate in many non-traditional, hands-on experiences, in which you will create various products as a way of showcasing your learning. I look forward to an exciting year as we learn about our world!

    Supplies Needed for Social Studies

    1.       (1) 5-subject spiral notebook (preferably a Mead 5 Star college ruled) YOU WILL NEED THIS NO LATER THAN MONDAY WHICH IS THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL!

    2.       Glue sticks

    3.       1 pkg. map (colored) pencils

    4.       Blue and/or black ink pens, pencils, red pen (for grading papers)

    5.       Scissors

    6.       Loose leaf paper (Used for test only, points (5) will be taken off for not using loose leaf paper during testing each time.

    Interactive Notebooks

    You will be keeping an Interactive Notebook in social studies class throughout the school year. All notes and many assignments will be completed in this notebook. You will need a 5 subject college ruled spiral notebook for this purpose. We will use this notebook each class day; therefore students will be responsible for bringing their interactive notebook to class daily. Students will write and answer the daily bell activity in their notebook at the beginning of each class. These will be collected occasionally for a homework grade. No work will be grade if it's not in your notebook.

    You Will Have A PROJECT Every Nine Weeks.

    HOMEWORK

    You should expect to have homework in my class 2-3 times a week. This is to help prepare you for class each day, as well as to work on your study skills. On average, homework will not take you more than 30 minutes a night. I will accept homework up to three late, losing 10% each day it is late. I will not accept anything past this time.

     

    TESTS AND QUIZZES

    You will be expected to prepare for tests, quizzes, exams, and other formal assessments. You can expect a test at the end of each section, as well as vocabulary and pop reading quizzes throughout each section. You will always be given advanced notice for tests and vocabulary quizzes you should always be well prepared!

    TEST/QUIZ MAKE-UP POLICY

    While you are expected to prepare for all assessments, there are always situations where we don't do our best. You will be allowed to make up tests only, by either doing test corrections or a make-up test (depending on what test it is) You will be allowed to make up your tests as long as it is completed within one week. You must make up your test within my classroom, either during P.E. class only. If you are absent the day of a test or quiz, you must make up the assessment within two days. It is your responsibility to schedule a time to make up the assignment. I will remind you once but after that, it is your responsibility.

    LATE/MISSING WORK POLICY

    You are expected to turn in all work on time. If you miss a homework assignment, you have two days to hand it in. Each day it is late you lose 10% off the assignment. For essays, you have one week to hand it in at reduced rate – you will lose 10 points each day it is late. No assignments will be accepted if they are more than two days late. All assignment s are expected on date given…no exception.

     GRADING SCALE

    Class Preparation = 5%

    Tests = 30%

    Quizzes = 25%

    Homework = 10%

    In Class Assignments = 30%

     

    WHAT IS EXPECTED IN MS. HARTLEY'S CLASS?

    I expect you to be the best version of you in my classroom, as I will be the best version of me. Regardless of your grade, everyone in this class will be successful if they put their best foot forward 100% of the time.

    I also expect that, on top of being the best version of you, you follow the following classroom rules:

     Be on time and prepared for class

     Follow all directions listed on board immediately

    Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself

    Always give your best effort on all that you do

    Be kind and considerate of others

    Show respect for your teacher, your classmates and yourself

    No electronics in class unless I allow it for an assignment

    No food and drink in class

     

    What Can I expect from Ms. HARTLEY?

    I absolutely love being a teacher and love history. I hope that throughout the year, you will learn to love history as much as I do. I believe that this year should be used to prepare you for High School, and through some of the more challenging assignments, you will leave my classroom in May ready for high school. I take education very seriously, and expect you to as well. You can expect a lot of class discussions on various topics, and I expect that you remain respectful. You will find that if you follow the classroom and school rules, you will have a great time in my classroom. You will also find that I love getting involved in school events! Please let me know of any games, plays, and shows you are involved in, and I will do my best to be there! That being said, welcome to my class! J

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns @ 231- 9101

                                                                    8th Grade Syllabus

    Classroom Policies:

    1.   RESPECT YOUR SCHOOL, YOUR PEERS, YOUR TEACHERS, AND YOURSELF

    2.   COME TO SCHOOL PREPARED, WITH PAPER AND A PEN OR PENCIL

     

    TEXT AND MATERIALS: ANCIENT CIVILIZATION THROUGH RENAISSANCE

     

    In addition to the above text, students will need the following materials for everyday use:

    -          One spiral notebook.  It must be a spiral notebook, and it is to be only used for this class.

    -          Your homework will not be graded unless it’s in your Social Studies notebook.

    -          Pens (blue or black ink only—no red or “trendy” colors)

    -          Pencils with erasers

    -          Loose leaf paper-All test are to be done on loose leaf paper (-5 points will be taken off for not having loose leaf paper for test).

    The following supplies are also required, but will only be used occasionally:

    -          Colored markers or pencils

     

    HOMEWORK

    You should expect to have homework in my class 2-3 times a week. This is to help prepare you for class each day, as well as to work on your study skills. On average, homework will not take you more than 30 minutes a night. I will accept homework up to three late, losing 10% each day it is late. I will not accept anything past this time.

     

    TESTS AND QUIZZES

    You will be expected to prepare for tests, quizzes, exams, and other formal assessments. You can expect a test at the end of each section, as well as vocabulary and pop reading quizzes throughout each section. You will always be given advanced notice for tests and vocabulary quizzes – you should always be well prepared!

     

    TEST/QUIZ MAKE-UP POLICY

    While you are expected to prepare for all assessments, there are always situations where we don't do our best. You will be allowed to make up tests only, by either doing test corrections or a make-up test (depending on what test it is) You will be allowed to make up your tests as long as it is completed within one week. You must make up your test within my classroom, either during P.E. class only. If you are absent the day of a test or quiz, you must make up the assessment within one week. It is your responsibility to schedule a time to make up the assignment. I will remind you once but after that, it is your responsibility.

     

    LATE/MISSING WORK POLICY

    You are expected to turn in all work on time. If you miss a homework assignment, you have two days to hand it in. Each day it is late you lose 10% off the assignment. For essays, you have one week to hand it in at reduced rate. You will lose 10 points each day it is late. No assignments will be accepted if they are more than a week late. All assignment s are expected on date given. no exception.

     

    GRADING SCALE

    Class Preparation = 5%

    Tests = 30%

    Quizzes = 25%

    Homework = 10%

    In Class Assignments = 30%

     

    WHAT IS EXPECTED IN MS. HARTLEY'S CLASS?

    I expect you to be the best version of you in my classroom, as I will be the best version of me. Regardless of your grade, everyone in this class will be successful if they put their best foot forward 100% of the time.

     

    I also expect that, on top of being the best version of you, you follow the following classroom rules:

    Be on time and prepared for class

    Follow all directions listed on board immediately

    Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself

    Always give your best effort on all that you do

    Be kind and considerate of others

     Show respect for your teacher, your classmates and yourself

    No electronics in class unless I allow it for an assignment

    No food and drink in class

     

    What Can I expect from Ms. HARTLEY?

    I absolutely love being a teacher and love history. I hope that throughout the year, you will learn to love history as much as I do. I believe that this year should be used to prepare you for High School, and through some of the more challenging assignments, you will leave my classroom in May ready for high school. I take education very seriously, and expect you to as well. You can expect a lot of class discussions on various topics, and I expect that you remain respectful. You will find that if you follow the classroom and school rules, you will have a great time in my classroom. You will also find that I love getting involved in school events! Please let me know of any games, plays, and shows you are involved in, and I will do my best to be there! That being said, welcome to my class! J

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns @ 231- 9101