7th Grade Syllabus 2011-12


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7th Grade Syllabus 2011-12

  1. 1. Redan Middle School 1775 Young Road Lithonia, GA 30058 (678) 874-8027 (Voicemail)Teacher: Mrs. O’Rhonda Ingram 7th Grade World StudiesOrhonda_D_Ingram@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us Room: 714Team: WhiteCourse Description:This course is designed to teach about Africa and Asia. In seventh grade, studentsconclude the study of major world region. The four strands of social studies areintegrated, with history as the central strand. The history strand focuses on historicaldevelopments essential to understanding a specific region in the modern world. Thegeography strand relates the importance of geography to each region’s development.The civics strands and introduces students to the economic development of eachregion. Please refer to the Georgia Performance Standards for detailed listings ofstandards. (www.geogiastandards.org)Textbook: My World Studies, Grade 7/ Pearson / $50.00 – If the textbook is lost,stolen, or damaged (missing the barcode); it is the student’s responsibility to pay forthe book before a replacement book is issued. In the event that the lost book isfound, please retain all receipts.Outline of Course: • Unit One Connecting Themes and Enduring Understandings • Unit Two Southwest Asia (Middle East) • Unit Three Africa • Unit Four Southern and Eastern Asia • Unit Five Personal FinanceDescription of Standards /Georgia Performance Standards for 7th grade Social Studies will be taught duringthis course. Please refer to the Georgia Performance Standards for detailed listingsof standards. (www.georgiastandards.org)Supplies (teacher discretion) Blue, black and red ink pens Agenda Book Construction Paper 3-ring Binder Color Pencils 3-hole punch (personal) Loose-leaf paper Glue Sticks 1 pack printing paper Pocket Tissues Hand Sanitizer
  2. 2. Grading Scale Weighted averages100-90 A Classwork (Portfolios) 35%80.89 B Homework 15%71.79 C Tests 30%70 D Quizzes10%69 and below F Final Assessment10%Policies / RegulationsIt is the policy of the DeKalb County School System that students will receive adenotation of “I” (Incomplete) for any missing assignments until student work iscompleted. Student work must be completed within the prescribed time limit set byyour school. The maximum point allotment will be 80%. • Zeros Are not Permitted Policy: (ZAPP)- It is the expectation of this faculty that all assignments are completed for mastery. If an assignment is not submitted and/or does not meet standards, then the student must complete and/or re-do the assignment during one or more of the outlined Safety Nets. • Homework- Homework is expected to be completed as assigned. • Late work / It is the policy of the DeKalb County School System that students will receive a denotation of “I” (Incomplete) for any missing assignments until student work is completed. Student work must be completed within the prescribed time limit. The maximum point allotment will be 80%. Late work is only accepted from students who were absent. • Make-up work- Announced work, such as homework, quizzes and major assessments are due the day the student returns. For each day’s excused absence, students will have one day to make up missed work. If a student is absent under extenuating circumstances, special arrangements can be made to make up work. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THE CALENDAR AND/OR REQUEST MISSED WORK. • Academic honesty- Receiving or giving information for an assignment is cheating and when caught in the act students will not receive credit nor receive the opportunity for a chance of make-up. Plagiarism is not acceptable: If a student takes information from the Internet or any printed resources without a citation, it is considered plagiarism and will result in a reduction in grade.
  3. 3. • Safety Net Opportunities- Any opportunity afforded to students to ensure mastery of required standards. Suggested safety nets may include but are not limited to: before and after school tutorial, Saturday School, Second Chance Café, make-up packets, special projects, teacher tutorials, and technology based projects, research and other extended learning opportunities. Expectation/Consequences/ Discipline- Students must adhere to the DCSSStudent Code of Conduct, as well as specific class rules. It is expected that allstudents adhere not only to the DCSS Student Code of Coduct but the rules put inplace by the Redan Middle School administration. It is also expected that eachstudent come to class on time, come prepared with all their materials, immediatelyget on task as well as stay on task. Finally it is expected that each student give110%.Important dates- See county / school website/check student agenda daily.Required Projects, reading list and other special assignmentsSocial Studies Fair- The completed project due date will be Thursday, November3, 2011. Students will receive instruction regarding social studies fair projectsduring the school day. Students are expected to work on their projects outside ofclass as well. No late submissions will be accepted. Additional information will beforthcoming.Portfolios- Students are expected to prepare a portfolio of their work during thesemester. Students keep a school portfolio of their academic work in the classroom.They will also keep a home portfolio, which will be a collection of independentlearning activities and community service performed over the course of thesemester. Each portfolio has a self evaluation component. Guidelines for theportfolio will be forthcomingMini-Projects/ Independent Learning- Throughout the semester, students may beassigned mini projects related to a topic that we are covering in class. These projectstry to capture students various learning modalities. Past projects have includedposters, brochures, songs/raps, skits, videos, PowerPoint presentations, art work,quilts pieces, and other items. Students may work on these projects at home and/orin class.Helpful websites and other resourceswww.doe.k12.ga.ushttp://www.georgiastandards.org/ (See GPS for Parents section)www.socialstudiesforkids.com
  4. 4. *The teacher reserves the right to adjust the course work and/or differentiateinstruction as needed to meet the needs of students and ensure academic success. O. Ingram World History Period ______*The teacher reserves the right to adjust the course work and/or differentiateinstruction as needed to meet the needs of students and ensure academic success.Signature page / Parental contact informationStudents and Parents/Guardians, by signing this syllabus, you are hereby consideredknowledgeable of the requirements outlined in the (Subject / Semester) syllabus.________________________________________________Student Name________________________________________________Date__________________Student Signature
  5. 5. _________________________________________________Date__________________Parent/Guardian Signature________________________________________________Parent/Guardian AddressDay Time Phone # (_____) _____________ Cellular Phone # (___)________________Home Phone # (_____) __________________ Other Phone #(_____)_______________E-Mail Address___________________________________________________________________________________________________________Date__________________Teacher’s Signature