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Ms. Soesbee’s 7th Grade Social Studies Syllabus Contact Information Leslie.Soesbee@bcsemail.org School Phone: 828.628.0824 Best time to call: 7:00-7:30; 9:30-11:00; 3:00-3:30   This course emphasizes the North Carolina New Essential Standards (2009).  Our major goal is to help students become better learners and be ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  We use an integrated approach of 21st century skills to assist students in developing investigative and critical thinking skills through exposure to various resources, primary and secondary sources that cover a wide variety of topics in Contemporary History. Students will improve historical literacy through access of a variety of non-fiction texts.   Students will be exposed to numerous methods for recording their thinking which can be utilized across curricula.  This course incorporates diverse learning styles and teaching methods.  Students work both independently and in cooperative groups.   Course Topics: Unit 1: Social Studies 101                                                                          Unit 2: Renaissance and Reformation Unit 3: Age of Exploration and Global Exchange                                   Unit 4: Enlightenment and Revolution Unit 5: Industrial Revolution and Society’s Response                           Unit 6: Age of Imperialism and WWI Unit 7: Inter War Years and WWII                                                             Unit 8: Cold War Unit 9: Globalization   GRADING SCALE                                           Breakdown of Grading:                                   A    90 -100                         Major grades (45%)                           Daily grades (45%)                                                                                                                                                                      *Vocabulary                                                                                   B    80 - 89                                  *Test/formal assessments                  * Quizzes/Vocab Quizzes C    70 - 79                            *Projects                                                * Class work D    60 - 69                            * Unit Exams/Final Exam                    * Specified homework F    59 – below                                               Cooperative Group Grades (10%)                                                   Textboooks All students will have access to the online textbook. There will also be one class set of text books in the classroom that students may use if they feel more comfortable with a hard copy, but the books may not leave the classroom. Students may access their online textbooks here: https://connected.magraw-hill.com/school/p4g0 Vocabulary Vocabulary is a very important part of Social Studies and is one of the key ways that a student will understand and retain the curriculum. At the beginning of every unit the students will receive a Freyer Model packet which they will use to record their definitions and use other practice methods to understand the vocabulary. It is very important that the students complete their vocabulary packets before the unit test. While I expect students to work on this in their own time, they will have class time to work on it if they have completed their work for the day.   Homework Personally, I do not give out regular homework to my students. There may be times that I give a specific assignment that I believe will help them prepare for an upcoming lesson, but the majority of the homework that students may have will be assignments that they did not finish in class. Students should have plenty of time in class to finish their assignments, so it is their responsibility to complete any unfinished work for homework and have it ready to submit at the beginning of class the following day.   Late Assignments Assignments are due when designated.  If the student chooses not to have the assignment at the designated t
Posted by Leslie Soesbee  On Sep 03, 2018 at 8:01 PM
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