• History Classroom Rules and Expectations 


    Keep this paper in your Social Studies folder at all times.

    Welcome to 7th grade World History. As with other classes, there are a few rules and expectations that are not necessarily in the Student Handbook. In order to have a good year, it is important to know these rules and expectations. You are expected to read this paper, understand it, and keep it for future reference.


    Course Objectives: This course focuses on the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the years A.D. 500–1789. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. They examine the growing economic interaction among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. They learn about the resulting growth of Enlightenment philosophy and the new examination of the concepts of reason and authority, the natural rights of human beings and the divine right of kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of belief. Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today.


    A Few Basic Rules:

    1. Follow Instructions 
    2. Come on time and prepared
    3. No disruptive behavior 
    4. No teasing, bullying or put-downs 
    5. No destruction of property 
    6. Treat yourself and all others in this classroom with respect at all times


    Consequences for breaking the rules:

    1. Warning 
    2. Reboot (time to think about actions)
    3. Detention (or other teacher assigned consequence)
    4. Detention and Parent Phone Call 
    5. Buddy Room or Office Referral (for extreme cases this can be the first step)


    Consequences for following the rules:

    1. Class Points 
    2. Call or note home
    3. Outstanding or Satisfactory Citizenship grades


    Student Evaluation: Evaluations will include projects, written assignments, tests, quizzes, warm ups, exit slips, and technology based activities. Students will be notified in advance of upcoming tests and projects. 


    Homework: Students are responsible for keeping up-to-date on upcoming tests and deadlines for assignments and completing homework. Please also check with your child that they are keeping up with these items. You can view these things in their Student Handbook (they should be writing in these everyday even if only to record that there is no homework). All homework will be posted daily on my teacher page on the Wilson Website: www.wilsonknights.org 


    Absences and Make-up Work: You are responsible for all work and notes missed due to an absence. It is important that you check with me upon returning to school in order to get any missed work. If you are absent on the day of a test or writing assignment you must make it up the very next day, either during class, lunch, or before school. 


    Academic Honesty Policy: Cheating and plagiarizing will not be tolerated. First Offense: No credit will be earned on the assignment, referral to the office to document the cheating incident and teacher contact parent/guardian. For second and third offense consequences, see the student handbook.


    Late Work Policy: Late work will be accepted for up to 50% of the credit value assigned and can be turned in no later than the week prior to the end of the current semester. A specific cut-off date will be given towards the end of each semester.   


    Course Grade: Grades are based on a cumulative point basis.  90% and above = A, 80%-89% =B, 70%-79%= C, 60%-69%=D, 59% and below=F


    Late policy:                

    1st Late= Warning 

    2nd and 3rd Late = Detention (Parent notified)

    4th Late = Detention and a “U” in citizenship (Parent notified)

    5th (and further)= Referral to administrator who contacts parents. Any additional lates will result in further disciplinary actions such as Saturday School.


    Recommended Materials: 

    2 pencils, 2 pens, highlighters in several different colors, colored pencils, spiral notebook specifically for note taking, and a binder or folder.  As with all recommended supplies, there is no grade component connected to these items. Providing these items is voluntary. However, we greatly appreciate all donations especially tissue boxes!

    I have designed this course to be challenging and fair for all learners. This class requires you to be organized and prepared for class each day in order to reach your full potential. Keep up with your work, but most importantly learn, and have FUN!


    Semester One:


    Rise and Fall of Rome


    Medieval Europe 


    Middle East 


    Gupta Civilization 


    West Africa 


    Semester Two:


    China and Japan 


    The Americas 


    Renaissance and Reformation 


    Age of Exploration 


    Scientific Revolution