World History Syllabus
7th Grade World History is a journey back through centuries to study historic events and cultures. This journey will help students understand modern society. We will also use a variety of supplementary materials and activities to enrich our journey through the Medieval Era and beyond. During our journey we will examine: the fall of the Roman Empire; the deserts of the Middle East and the spread of Islam; the culture and the kingdom of Africa; Japan and China in the Middle Ages; the Feudal and Renaissance eras of Europe; and early civilizations in Central and South America, also the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment. Planning, instruction, and lessons in this course are based on the California History-Social Science Content Standards and the Common Core State Standards.
TEXTBOOK USE IN THIS COURSE: World History & Geography Medieval & Early Modern Times (Each student will receive, and be responsible for, a copy of the textbook for home use.) Supplement Student Workbook Inquiry Journal
Three ring binder size: 11/2 inch and 5 tab dividers
1 package of 100 loose-leaf paper, (College rule)
Pens (blue, black, and red), sharpener
Glue (sticks), color pencils, highlighter.
*Other materials may be needed later for special projects; students will be notified in advance what is needed.
- All electronic devices must be in backpacks. It is forbidden to use them unless told to do so, if you are caught, I’ll take it away from you and you will pick it up after class. Second time I will sent it to the intervention office.
- Whenever you have any question, an answer, or have a though raise your hand. Students must follow the voice levels indicated on the chart in front of the class.
- You will be considered late if you are not in your sit when the second bell rings. (Late arrivals will be kept for 15minutes (Unless there is a note by the parent, or teacher) After the third time students will be assigned campus beautification.
- Lopez dismisses the class, not the bell.
- You are to remain in your seats during class except for group projects, verbal activities, or clock appointment.
- Treat all school property, including textbooks, desks, with care. (You will be charge for destroying school property)
- Be NEAT help keep the classroom and the school grounds free from litter and vandalism (No food, Beverages, air pods or GUM in the classroom) except water.
- NO Damaging Classroom Library books. Take care of then and Return them on time.
It is simple: Do your very best! Everyone coming into this class is able to SUCCEED. Be a good citizen by respecting the rights of others, as well as, individual differences and perspectives. Students will develop their social skills by work together to create a classroom environment in which all can learn and succeed.
- Be in your seats and working before the second bell rings.
- Respect other people’s differences and opinions.
- Open your mind—different opinions and perspectives are welcome and respectful debates are encouraged when indicated by the teacher.
- Work as a Community-Stay on task without disturbing or distracting other. Your behavior and efforts affect everyone around you.
- Always strive to improve your own work.
- Keep hand to your self
- Bring all necessary supplies, to class daily.
- Take responsibility for your learning and behave so others may learn as well.
- No food, drinks, or gum chewing.
- Please have cell phones/electronic devices turned off prior to entering classroom.
- No hoodies, caps, and headphones / ear-buds of any kind are put away.
- Return all borrow supplies to the proper place.
- Treat all persons in the class and Le Conte with respect.
Disciplinary Policy (Consequences):
- Give verbal warning and ensure the student understands the inappropriate behavior. Verbal warning will be documented under Interventions in MISIS.
- temporary sit change
- teacher & student conference, parent is contacted (Conference and parent contact will be documented in MISIS)
- parent conference (such conference will be documented in MISIS)
- Consequences for continued behavior include any of the following, as appropriate:
permanent desk relocation, parent conference, behavior contract, campus beautification, referral to dean, counselor and/or administrator, detention, mandatory tutoring, etc.
**A detailed record of each offense is maintained. (electronically and in a physical paper)
**All violations are cumulative on student’s records
Name on the board with a check mark = Detention afterschool for 10 Minutes
Second Check Mark= 1 Week Detention for 10 Minutes afterschool
Third Check Mark= 1 Month Detention for 10 Minutes afterschool
Note: If a student DOES NOT attend detention without proper notification to the teacher with a valid excuse 5 more days will be added to their time every missing day. But Teacher will also consider attendance, punctuality to subtract days from detention.
DETENTION ASSIGNMENT: During this time students will reflect on his/her actions by completing writing assignment. Receiving History tutoring specially if they have missing work. Or a research paper of at LEAST 1,500 Words report will be assign in relation to the unit being study.
Assignments and Grading Scale
The graded course work includes: reading, note-taking, and answering essential questions, interactive notebooks/Binder and supplementary materials; various notebook (lesson) activities that apply what we have learned; larger projects; and tests.
Homework Assignments: Turn in the given assignments. All the assignments given in this class have a purpose; failing to complete an assignment may cause you to fail to understand an important concept. Plus, zeros can ruin your grade. They Will consist of reading, finishing notebook assignments started in class; and larger projects. Homework is assigned for several reasons:
- To practice, reinforcement, and completion of lessons covered in class.
- For preparation, so that students begin a lesson with important background information.
- For extension, providing the student with an opportunity to apply the lessons of the day to more complex tasks or projects.
- Most of the assignments will be from student INQUIRY JOURNAL. It is the student's responsibility to complete his or her assignment by the due date and time set on Schoology.
- Homework may be assigned daily including over weekends and/or longer breaks.
- CREDIT IS GIVEN BASED ON whether student demonstrates understanding of the assignments and or Whether student has met the LEARNING TARGETS NOT JUST on whether students has COMPLETE WORK ON TIME.
- LATE WORK—Late assignments will be accepted within a reasonable timeframe. If homework is Submitted in late (based on time stamped by schoology or google classroom) the highest you could get is a B. You may also lose up to one letter grade for each day it is late.
- Absent—Students have the same number of days they were absent to make up their assignments for full credit. After that time the same late policy will be applied.
- NO extra credit will be given to students who have a F in the class. History demonstrates that if you have not made the time and effort to complete the daily assignment. More likely students will not make the time to complete the extra credit.
- NO MAKE UP ASSIGNMENT OR EXTRA CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS A WEEK BEFORE GRADES ARE DUE.
- Parents will be contacted when students are missing homework. If students continue to miss their homework, or Continue to failing parents will be required to sign students to mandatory tutoring during Office Hours.
CURRENT EVENTS/PODCAST/ ARTS (ARTICLE REVIEWS): Are part of Homework assignments
Students are responsible for keeping up with the daily events/ news in the nation and the world. You will be responsible in completing article reviews (FORMAT WILL BE PROVIDED) that summarizes and provides an in-depth analysis/connection to what we are learning in the course.
Students will need to stay up to date with events that are going on both locally and nationally. They will be required to READ or LISTEN to different sources such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NPR, CNN, Newsela, (Tweentribune for specific students) other cited will have to be approved by the teacher. In this class, we will read and discuss a wide variety of news articles and other secondary sources that will help you participate and succeed in a student –led Socratic Seminar.
Current events/Podcast/ Arts are collected the following meeting time from when it was assigned. Please let me know if there is any inconvenience. School computers at the library or cell phones can be used to submit the work in schoology.
TEST AND QUZZES: are given through SCHOOLOGY it is the students responsibility to maintain Schoology password up to date. School has provided your PIN number. This will avoid having to waste time during class time.
Both announced and unannounced (POP QUIZ). (Typically, there will be over a section or two in a chapter- Quizzes will be time on Schoology, students will be given only one opportunity to take the test. This means students need to pay attention and follow instructions.
Each student will be assessed over concepts learned from each chapter. Students will receive notice of tests before it will be given. Tests are given using Schoology. Sometimes google classroom will also be used based on the unit we will be focusing on.
Tests are based on: short answer, chronological order, matching (oftentimes this is based on the vocabulary), some multiple choice or true or false, and Essay Questions.
PROJECTS: This may happen
Throughout the semester, students will be completing projects that will be announced in class.
Grading Policy: Grades are determined based on the following:
A—(Exceeds)—Student has an excellent grasp of the concept and his or her work is exceptional.
B—(Proficient)—Student is above average of the concepts and of his/her work.
C—(Developing)—Student is understanding and work is average
D—(Emerging) Student’s work is below average, difficulty understanding the concept
F— (Zero Effort) Student has failed to meet minimum standards for his/her grade level. Demonstrates little effort and has little or no understanding of the concept being covered.
All work assigned will be graded. Specific percentages of grade distribution are included.
- Test 20%
- Essays/ Paragraphs 17%
- Projects 17%
- Benchmarks/ Mid Term/ Final 15%
- Quizzes 10%
- Homework//Class work 10%
- Active Participation 5%
- Notes 3%
- Extra Credit 2%
- Binder 1%
Work Habits (WH)and Cooperation (WC)
Work Habits and Cooperation
Your work habits and cooperation grade (E, S, U) are determined by the quality of work you turn in and how you interact in class. This includes coming to class every day and on time. Excessive tardiness will result in reduced cooperation grade and disciplinary actions.
You will automatically receive an “U” on your report card if:
- If you are caught cheating
- When your name receives three checks on ClassDojo for excessive classroom rules violations.
- Failing students automatically receive a U in work habits (WH) and cooperation (CH).
I believe we (students, parents, and teachers) are a triangle where we must work together as a team for our success. Therefore, I encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education whether it is at home or in school. If you receive a call from me, it will be regarding your child misbehavior in class, not following classroom rules, being defiant, not doing class or homework, grades dropping, or any other reasons. I do understand most of the time you are busy at work but if you want to know how your child is doing please do not hesitate to contact me.
CLASSDOJO: please download the app and connect not only with me but with the rest of your children’s teachers. You are able to obtain text teachers directly.
If you need to speak with me and your child, I am available before school, 4TH AND 7TH period conference, recess, lunch, after school, or through email, Schoology, and ClassDojo app.
NOTE: THIS SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
World History at Glance
The following units will be discussed through the year. Every unit will end with a unit exam. There will be various quizzes and assignments based on the lectures and readings throughout each unit. The following outline is subject to change.
CHAPTER 1—Rome and the Rise of Christianity
CHAPTER 2—Medieval Europe
CHAPTER 8—African Civilizations CHAPTER 4—India in the Middle Ages
CHAPTER 3—Islamic Civilization
CHAPTER 5—Imperial Chin
Unit 1: Europe During Medieval Times
The Legacy of the Roman Empire
The Development of Feudalism in Western Europe
The Role of the Church in Medieval Europe
Life in Medieval Towns
The Decline of Feudalism
The Byzantine Empire
Unit 2: The Rise of Islam
The Geography of the Arabian Peninsula
The Prophet Muhammad
The Teachings of Islam
Contributions of Muslims to World Civilization
From the Crusades to New Muslim Empires
Unit 3: Culture and Kingdoms of Africa
Early Societies in West Africa
Ghana: A West African Trading Empire
The Influence of Islam on West Africa
The Culture Legacy on West Africa