2011-                   2012                               8Y Social Studies                                              ...
CURRICULUMIPSUMS  THE LOREM                                                                                               ...
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Student Syllabus 2011

  1. 1. 2011- 2012 8Y Social Studies Social Studies Snapshot Historians believe that history is about thinking, not memorizing. It is about comparing different storiesOur Units and weighing different perspectives. Historical thinking matters becauseCivics & Service Learning History of US it prepares us for the challenges weEssential Questions Essential Questions face as citizens in the present.How do societies balance the needs of How do interpretations of history Participation in public life requiresindividuals and the common good? inform our understanding of the past the need to evaluate informationHow have economic, social, political, and present? critically.and geographic decisions promoted or How does the study of multiple -Professor Sam Wineburg,prevented the growth of individual perspectives provide a context for Stanford Universityrights and responsibilities, equality, and understanding peoples words and historicalthinkingmatters.orgrespect for human dignity? deeds in the past and present? Through inquiry and analysis,Content students will integrate content- ContentOrigins of Government based reading, writing, research, Many Worlds Meet (to 1620)Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens historical thinking, and 21st century Colonization (1585-1763)The US Constitution skills. Revolution & the New NationThe Bill of Rights (1754-1820)Universal Declaration of Human Rights Grading Expansion & Reform (1801-1861)Current Events/Social Issues Effort 30% Civil War & Reconstruction (1850-1877)Leadership HW, CW, ParticipationPropaganda Assessments 70% Projects/Tests (40%) Quizzes (30%)
  2. 2. CURRICULUMIPSUMS THE LOREM FALL 2012 thThe 8 grade Social Studies curriculum is standards-based and requires students to transfer knowledge to real lifescenarios. Historical thinking and real world application foster rigorous, relevant, and meaningful learning. Through inquiryand analysis, students study American Government and its origins and explore five Historical Eras. Authentic anddifferentiated learning activities enhance understanding of challenging material (i.e., CSI, Choose Your Own Adventure).Students expand thinking by making connections to text, to self, and to the world. Digital tools offer compellingopportunities for student acquisition of 21st century skills (i.e., create, communicate, collaborate, and fact-find).HISTORICAL THINKING SKILLSChronological Reasoning (Cause/Effect, Continuity/Change) * Spatial Thinking (Explain economic and political systemsusing geographic representations)* Historical Comprehension, Analysis and Interpretation (Analyze/ Evaluate Primary andSecondary Sources) * Research and Cross-Checking (Support interpretations with sound evidence) *ASSESSMENTSPROJECTS require students to conduct research and synthesize their learning by creating an authentic product thatcommunicates a thorough understanding of the content. Projects include CHOICES based on interest, talents, and/orlearning styles. CHOICES include hands on activities and technology integration. At times, students will collaborate withtheir peers but may choose to complete projects independently. Project rubrics will be sent home for parent signatures.QUIZZES assess learning on one to two lessons. Thus, quizzes are short (10-15 questions). It is EXPECTED that studentsreview notes daily. Students receive 1-2 days notice for quizzes.TESTS: Study guides are provided 3-5 days in advance. Taking detailed notes, participating in discussions, and a goodwork ethic are key factors in developing a deep understanding of material.PARTICIPATION: Participation is more than physical presence. ABSENCES: Go to the Calendar on the class blogParticipation includes meaningful contributions to class (discussions, for the daily list of Activities and HW. Click,debates, blog comments, etc.), answering and asking questions, “AGENDA/HW” (top left). Use the blog to viewoffering and accepting “warm and cool” feedback, following and complete missed work (slideshows,directions, and cooperating with the teachers and students in class. handouts, videos, etc.).HOMEWORK: Daily review helps students add to class discussions, SUBMIT ABSENCE WORK: Write "ABSENT onearn extra credit, and deepen understanding. HW assignments (provide the date)" next to your name. Ifinclude review activities, study tools, or preparation. Students record work is not turned in within the amount of timeHW in the AGENDA book at the beginning of class. HW is due at the equal to your absence, it will be counted as latestart of class. Incomplete HW is not assigned a grade. Instead, or receive a “0.”student may submit HW 1 day late for HALF credit. ABSENCES THE DAY BEFORE A TEST: Students willHW/CW GRADES: take the test upon return to school. Daily review1 Point = Student followed directions and completed assignment is required and class materials are accessible onthoroughly. the class blog. Therefore, extra days will NOT be½ Point = Student submitted completed assignment 1 day late. provided. It is the students responsibility to see0 = Student did not turn in assignment. the teacher for testing. Failure to make up thePer school district policy, HW/CW is graded for effort, not accuracy. test on time will result in –10 points per day. 2

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