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Mr. Scarcello's Social Studies 6 - Course Syllabus
Course Description: Welcome to the study of World History where students learn to think historically, rather than emphasize the memorization of facts, names, and dates. There will be an emphasis on skills, on habits of the mind which help my students acquire the ability to understand and learn from key events, social changes, and documents, including those which provide the foundations of this nation and its subsequent evolution. This course is obliged to create active thinking and engaged citizens, which includes understanding the importance of context, evidence, and chronology from six eras of World History:
Era 1: Early Human
Era 2: Egypt
Era 3: Israel
Era 4: India
Era 5: China
Era 6: Maya
District Grading Scale:
B Approaching Mastery
F Not proficient
Course Expectations: In order to pass World History, students will need to be proficient in seven learning targets (“I can” statements listed on the back.) Mr. Scarcello’s webpage has all lessons with corresponding assignments in the classroom calendar with a weekly historical focus. Grades are issued at the end of the first and second semester.
Class Policies: Students are given adequate time to complete all assignments and assessments in class. All assignments are formative, which means students are ‘forming’ knowledge and skills. All assessments are summative which means students are ‘summarizing’ knowledge and skills. Every unit of study has essential questions that have many formative assignments with one summative assessment (test.) Formative assignments should be completed prior to summative assessments. In Mr. Scarcello’s class there is a strong emphasis on writing, especially in the summative assessment. This history class also includes extension activities, acceleration, and other activities, depending on the needs of the student.
Late Work, Missing Work and Reassessment: With every absence Mr. Scarcello will do anything and everything to help his students get caught up with missing work. Students will have an extra day for everyday they were absent to make up their assignment. Students will be given opportunities to retake assessments they fail, or wish to retake, in order to demonstrate proficiency. To demonstrate proficiency, all students need to pass each assessment with a C or better. Students will be given opportunities to retake assessments in order to demonstrate proficiency.
Second Attempt: If a student does not pass the first test (assessment). In order to retake a test, the student needs to have completed and turned in all classroom assignments relating to that unit of study and must correct and resubmit all answers on the original assessment. This ensures studying and review of unit learning targets. Students will have a two week window to retake their test.
Course Standards: As required by law, students will be scored for their skill and knowledge on the standards expected for the course. Students’ grades will be a reflection of overall performance on the content standards for the course.
Description of Learning Targets
Use and interpret documents and other relevant primary and secondary sources pertaining to history citing specific textual evidence from multiple perspectives.
I can analyze and summarize a primary document.
Investigate how differing geographic perspectives apply to issues in history.
I can discover how geography affects people and events in history.
Examine the key events, people and documents using political, economic, social, technological and cultural perspectives of a historical period.
I can identify key events, important people and primary documents in a historical period.
Understand and apply knowledge about governmental and political systems and the role, rights and responsibilities of citizens.
I can understand how a government works and what a citizen does.
Identify, distinguish and critique data for author’s point of view, purpose, historical context, distortion, or propaganda and relevance.
I can identify and analyze an author’s point of view.
Evaluate continuity and change over the course of history by analyzing examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, or nations.
I can analyze how history changes through war, peace, and leaders.
Examine, construct, and evaluate a written historical argument or a controversial event, issue or problem from more than one perspective integrating primary sources, secondary sources, or visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps.)
I can examine an event, issue, or argument from history using different resources.