Syllabus for 2018-2019 School Year
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Welcome to 7th Grade Humanities!
Humanities class is a combination of both the English Language Arts and History. Students studying humanities will be able to make clear connections between the literature they read and the history behind it. This school year all Humanities students will be learning about different cultures and reading relevant literature through the new, “Amplify, curriculum.
The Amplify curriculum will take students on an interactive journey through online texts and quests that will engage students in a groundbreaking new way all while attaining the Common Core State Standards. Students will be accessing technology each day in class to help them comprehend works by Edgar Allan Poe, Lorraine Hansberry, Shakespeare as well as informational and historical texts.
HABITS OF MIND
Curiosity: the desire to know more about the world
Openness: the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world
Engagement: a sense of investment and involvement in learning
Creativity: the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas
Persistence: the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short and long-term projects
Responsibility: the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions
Flexibility: the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands
Metacognition: the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking
What do you know about Humanities class? I know that Humanities class is _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
10% Speaking/Listening/Partner Reading
34% Formative Assessments/Classwork
20% Rubric Based Writing
25% Summative Assessments/Interim Tests/Final Essays
10% Vocab App/Grammar Flex/Solo work
Rubric Based Writing Scale
10 Exceeding Standard/Advanced
8 Meeting Standard/Proficient
7 Approaching meeting the Standard
6 Not yet but getting there.
Numerical Grade Breakdown
100%-90% = A
89%-80% = B
79%-70% = C
69%-60% = D
59% and below = F
Write one question that you still have about the grading policy. One question that I still have about the grading policy is ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
ALL SCHOOL RULES APPLY TO THIS CLASS! PLEASE REFER TO YOUR STUDENT HANDBOOK.
Solo/Reading Comprehension Work
Solo Reading Comprehension assignments will be given every day and checked the following class day. If you do not have computer access, then you must complete the workbook assignment and quickly input it into the “Solo” part of the Amplify website at the beginning of class. Depending on the day I will allow 5-10 minutes at the end of class to work on the Solo.
Beginning of Class Procedures
Gather all supplies that will be necessary to succeed in class out of backpack.
Leave backpack in assigned backpack area (you will not be able to access backpack for the rest of the period.)
Retrieve computer quietly.
Quietly walk to your assigned seat.
Sign into Amplify
Check the board for next steps.
Wait for further instructions from the teacher.
You will be allowed to leave the room ONCE per week. I expect that you will ask to use the restroom and you will need to sign out at the back desk. You must write the date, time, location and time back in on the sign out sheet. You must always wear the orange vest whenever you leave. The vest must be worn properly.
Students must raise their hands to speak out loud in class unless specifically directed otherwise by the teacher. Talk only when permitted. Be aware of the situation since quiet talking is allowed in some situations and speaking to the entire group without raising your hand may be allowed in others. I will remind you once and expect compliance. Non-compliance will result in consequences such as lowering of the student’s citizenship grade, detention, and/or a call home.
Why do you need to raise your hand to speak? I need to raise my hand to speak because _____________________________________________________________________________.
Countdown = the teacher may count down from 5 to 1. At “1” students must be back to their seats, quiet, and ready to follow directions. Students not following directions will receive a loss of citizenship points.
Absences and Missed Work:
Students are responsible for all work missed work during their absence. All assignments will be posted online.
The student should set up an appointment with the teacher to go over and to turn in any missed work. Late work may only be submitted during the teacher’s tutoring time after school.
Missed work is the responsibility of the student to make up!
What should you do if you miss a class? If I miss a class, I need to
You will be graded daily on Speaking and Listening, Participation, and Work Habits. You can also lose points for the following violations
Backpacks at seat
Not getting quick questions started within 1 minute of bell
Not facing forward/paying attention while the teacher is talking.
Disrespectful to other students/teacher
Outbursts without raising hand
Walking around room
Spending too much time playing with mechanical pencils/not prepared with supplies
Every student will be held accountable to REACH
Respect We treat others with kindness.
Enthusiasm We have a good attitude towards the learning.
Achievement We will succeed in all our classes.
Citizenship We take pride in our school.
Hard Work We complete all assignments on time and not waste a minute.
Student Name: ________________________________________________________
Parent Signature: ______________________________________________________