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    8th grade

    Hello OHMS Students and Parents,

    I hope that you are ready for a great year in your 8th Grade Social Studies class. I want you and your parents to understand that I will expect a lot from you and your fellow students, but I will always be here to guide you on this journey. I plan to challenge you to “think outside the box.” There are so many things that you will learn about the world this year. I hope that you bring outside experiences into class, so that I may learn from you as well. Have a great year.

    Evoke the Passion!

    Course Description: The purpose of this class is to provide a study of the formation of the United States through the Civil War.  This course will focus on key individuals as well as group that played a role in developing the institutions and political systems ideas that existed during the Pre-Civil War Era in United States History. Finally, this course will set the stage and enable students to make connections that will prepare them for U.S. History II.

    Course Objectives:                                   

    1. Students will understand the historical development and current status of the fundamental concepts and processes of authority, power, and influence, with particular emphasis on the democratic skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens.
    2. Students will understand the diversity and commonality, human interdependence, and global cooperation of the people of Maryland, the United States and the World through both a multicultural and historic perspective.
    3. Students will use geographic concepts and processes to examine the role of culture, technology, and the environment in the location and distribution of human activities and spatial connections throughout time.
    4. Students will develop economic reasoning to understand the historical development and current status of economic principles, institutions, and processes needed to be effective citizens, consumers, and workers participating in local communities, the nation, and the world.
    5. Students will examine significant ideas, beliefs, and themes; organize patterns and events; and analyze how individuals and societies have changed over time in Maryland, the United States and around the world.
    6. Student shall use reading, writing, and thinking processes and skills to gain knowledge and understanding of political, historical, and current events using chronological and spatial thinking, economic reasoning, and historical interpretation, by framing and evaluating questions from primary and secondary sources.
     

    Needed Materials:

    • Colored Pencils
    • Ink Pen (Blue or black ONLY, work is not to be completed in pencil or colored ink)
    • Three ring binder with five dividers
    • Highlighters
    • Pencil holder/ pouch
    • Loose leaf Notebook Paper
    • Post-it Notes

     

    Grade Distribution:

    • CLASSWORK 25%

    INCLUDES ALL WORK BEGUN AND/OR COMPLETED IN CLASS, CLASS DISCUSSIONS, GROUP ACTIVITIES, STUDENT JOURNALS, WARM UPS, AND OTHER REGULARLY ASSIGNED LEARNING TASKS.  INCLUDES WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, SUCH AS BRIEF CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES (BCRs), EXTENDED CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES (ECRs), AND PORTFOLIOS.

    • HOMEWORK 25%

    INCLUDES ALL WORK THAT IS COMPLETED OUTSIDE OF THE CLASS SETTING. THIS MIGHT INCLUDE READINGS AND/OR ACCOMPANYING TASKS, WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, JOURNALING, OR OTHER TASKS AS ASSIGNED. INCLUDES WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, SUCH AS BRIEF CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES (BCRs), EXTENDED CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES (ECRs), AND PORTFOLIOS.

    • TESTS/QUIZZES & PROJECTS 50%

    ENTAILS THE TRADITIONAL METHOD OF ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING.TESTS USUALLY ASSESS KNOWLEDGE AND PROCESSES GAINED AT THE END OF A UNIT OF STUDY, WHEREAS QUIZZES TYPICALLY ASSESS KNOWLEDGE AND PROCESSES ACQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF A UNIT OF STUDY. PRIOR TO TESTING, THE TEACHER WILL REVIEW THE FORMAT AND CONTENT TO BE ASSESSED. AFTER TESTS ARE SCORED AND RETURNED, THE TEACHER WILL REVIEW THE MATERIAL AND OFFER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO ASK CLARIFYING QUESTIONS ABOUT INCORRECT RESPONSES. THIS CATEGORY ALSO INCLUDES ANY LONG- OR SHORT-TERM PROJECTS ASSIGNED BY THE TEACHER (INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP) AND OTHER CUMULATIVE ASSESSMENTS.

     

    Grading Policy:

    90- 100                       A

    89-80                          B

    79-70                          C

    69-60                          D

    59 and Below             E

     

     Current Events:

    Students must complete Current events throughout the school year. There will be assignments in which students are to acquire a news article pertaining to the content that has been taught. Articles can be from a variety of sources, including newspapers, news magazines, newscasts, and the Internet (internet articles must be from reliable source).

    Assignments should include:

                Title:

                Article Source:

                Article Date:

                Summary:

                            What is article about?

                            What is the issue or event discussed in article?

                            Where is the event taking place?

                            When did the event take place? Is it still going on?

                            Why is the event taking place? Why is it important?

                            Who are the people involved?

    What does the article mean to you? What is your reaction to the issue/event?

     

    Late Assignments:

    Late assignments will not be accepted without a valid excuse as outlined in the student handbook. After producing a legitimate note the student will be given the number a days equivalent to the number of days absent to complete the assignments. It is the students’ responsibility to make sure that they receive and turn in all missing assignments.

     


     

     Syllabus

    7th grade

     

    Hello OHMS Students and Parents,

    I hope that you are ready for a great year in your 7th grade Social Studies class. I want you and your parents to understand that I will expect a lot from you and your fellow students, but I will always be here to guide you on this journey. I plan to challenge you to “think outside the box.” There are so many things that you will learn about the world this year. I hope that you bring outside experiences into class, so that I may learn from you as well. Have a great year.

    Evoke the Passion!

    Course Description:

    World Cultures and Geography is a two year course in Prince George’s County Public Schools that is covered in the Sixth and Seventh Grades. The Western Hemisphere is covered in the sixth grade, while the Eastern Hemisphere is covered in seventh grade. We will focus on location, map skills, culture, human interactions, and many more exciting topics that deal with social studies around the world. Areas of study include Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The Maryland State Curriculum for grades six and seven are incorporated in both courses. Therefore, some indicators and objectives listed on the sixth grade SC will be covered in seventh grade and some seventh grade indicators and objectives will be covered in the sixth grade. ALL of the indicators and objectives in the sixth and seventh grade SC are covered within the sixth and seventh grade Curriculum Framework Progress Guide for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

    Course Objective:

    1. Students will understand the historical development and current status of the fundamental concepts and processes of authority, power, and influence, with particular emphasis on the democratic skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens.

    2. Students will understand the diversity and commonality, human interdependence, and global cooperation of the people of Maryland, the United States and the World through both a multicultural and historic perspective.

    3. Students will use geographic concepts and processes to examine the role of culture, technology, and the environment in the location and distribution of human activities and spatial connections throughout time.

    4. Students will develop economic reasoning to understand the historical development and current status of economic principles, institutions, and processes needed to be effective citizens, consumers, and workers participating in local communities, the nation, and the world.

    5. Students will examine significant ideas, beliefs, and themes; organize patterns and events; and analyze how individuals and societies have changed over time in Maryland, the United States and around the world.

    6. Students shall use reading, writing, and thinking processes and skills to gain

    knowledge and understanding of political, historical, and current events using chronological and spatial thinking, economic reasoning, and historical interpretation, by framing and evaluating questions from primary and secondary sources.

     

    Needed Materials:

    • Colored Pencils
    • Pencils/ Pens
    • Three ring binder
    • Highlighters
    • Pencil pouch holder
    • Dividers

     

    Grade Distribution:

    • CLASSWORK 25%

    INCLUDES ALL WORK BEGUN AND/OR COMPLETED IN CLASS, CLASS DISCUSSIONS, GROUP ACTIVITIES, STUDENT JOURNALS, WARM UPS, AND OTHER REGULARLY ASSIGNED LEARNING TASKS.  INCLUDES WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, SUCH AS BRIEF CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES (BCRs), EXTENDED CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES (ECRs), AND PORTFOLIOS.

    • HOMEWORK 25%

    INCLUDES ALL WORK THAT IS COMPLETED OUTSIDE OF THE CLASS SETTING. THIS MIGHT INCLUDE READINGS AND/OR ACCOMPANYING TASKS, WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, JOURNALING, OR OTHER TASKS AS ASSIGNED. INCLUDES WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, SUCH AS BRIEF CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES (BCRs), EXTENDED CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES (ECRs), AND PORTFOLIOS.

    • TESTS/QUIZZES & PROJECTS 50%

    ENTAILS THE TRADITIONAL METHOD OF ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING.TESTS USUALLY ASSESS KNOWLEDGE AND PROCESSES GAINED AT THE END OF A UNIT OF STUDY, WHEREAS QUIZZES TYPICALLY ASSESS KNOWLEDGE AND PROCESSES ACQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF A UNIT OF STUDY. PRIOR TO TESTING, THE TEACHER WILL REVIEW THE FORMAT AND CONTENT TO BE ASSESSED. AFTER TESTS ARE SCORED AND RETURNED, THE TEACHER WILL REVIEW THE MATERIAL AND OFFER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO ASK CLARIFYING QUESTIONS ABOUT INCORRECT RESPONSES. THIS CATEGORY ALSO INCLUDES ANY LONG- OR SHORT-TERM PROJECTS ASSIGNED BY THE TEACHER (INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP) AND OTHER CUMULATIVE ASSESSMENTS

     

    Grading Policy:

    • 90-100                        A
    • 89-80                          B
    • 79-70                          C
    • 69-60                          D
    • 59 and below              E

    Current Events:

    Current events must be incorporated into classroom instruction throughout the school year. Weekly assignments should pertain to the content being taught and should be collected and graded. These assignments assist in the instruction of content, development of reading proficiency, and expose the students to people, places, and ideas outside of their school and community environments.

     

    Assignments should include:

    Article Title:

    Article Source:

    Article Date:

    Summarize:

    TOPIC: What is the article about?

    WHAT: What is the issue or event discussed in the article?

    WHERE: Where is the event taking place?

    WHEN: When did the event take place? Is it still going on?

    WHY: Why is the event taking place? Why is it important?

    WHO: Who are the people involved?

    Interpret: To me, this article means…My reaction to this issue/event is…

    Articles should be from a variety of sources such as, newspapers, news magazines, newscasts, the internet, etc.

    Late Assignments:

    Late assignments will not be accepted without a valid excuse as outlined in the student handbook. After producing a legitimate note, the student will be given the number of days equivalent to the number of days absent to complete the assignments. It is the students’ responsibility to make sure that they receive and turn in all missing assignments.

     

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