7th Grade Medieval History – Honors and Regular
The main goal of the course is to help students understand the Medieval World by studying themselves. In short, students will learn how their identity influences their interactions with others. Then, using the same idea, students will study European, Mesoamerican, and Japanese cultures to learn their medieval identities and how those identities influenced how they interacted with others… aka their medieval history.
Along the way, we will also pull in current/modern topics for comparative and interest purposes. Examples include the Presidential election, the book Three Cups of Tea, and the conflict in France between the French and French Muslims.
The year ends with a large student learning project that requires students to apply some of the lessons/ideas learned in the course regarding identity and the treatment of others to a real life situation. There will more information on this fourth quarter, but it is very similar to the Senior Project they will do in twelve grade.
Key Skills and Assessments
Students will spend LOTS of time learning to read information/non-fiction texts, learning how to take, and learning how to write expository (explanatory, compare/contrast, and analysis) essays. There will be very few is any fixed-response (multiple choice) tests.
There are two types of grades in this class, formative and summative. Formative are practice grades and they make up the majority of the work students do. These are entered into Skyward for record keeping and measuring progress, but have no bearing letter grades.
Summative grades count for 100% of the score and are the assessments of student learning. There are few of these each quarter (four to six) and the letter grade students earn are based only on these summative. The formative assignments very often are practices for the summative.
Letter Grades- Honors 7th
A = 90% - 100% and means a student has performed at an EXCEPTIONAL HONORS level.
B/B+ = 80% to 89% and means a student has performed HIGH HONORS level.
C/C+ = 70 to 79% and means a student has performed at HONORS level.
D/D+ = 60 to 69% and means a student has performed BELOW HONORS level.
F = 50 to 59% and means a student has performed WELL BELOW HONORS level.
Letter Grades- Regular 7th
A = 90% - 100% and means a student has performed at an EXCEPTIONAL level.
B/B+ = 80% to 89% and means a student has performed ABOVE level.
C/C+ = 70 to 79% and means a student has performed AT level.
D/D+ = 60 to 69% and means a student has performed BELOW level.
F = 50 to 59% and means a student has performed WELL BELOW level.
Late Work/Missing Work
My philosophy is to accept all work from a given quarter (and sometimes semester), no matter how late. I will have cut off dates at the end of each quarter, but will give warning to students prior to. Most times the late work is not penalized.
Students will use a composition book for the vast majority of my work. I provide a bin for students to store these comp books in the classroom.
I will be offering my Study Club this year on Fridays from 2:35 to 3:05.
Classwork vs. Homework
When an assignment is given to students, I will provide class time to work on that assignment. As a result, very little homework is directly assigned. That said, I have noticed that the students that voluntarily take work home to complete, improve, and/or practice on are the students that tend to earn the higher grades.
The best way to reach me is email, most emails can be responded to in short order. A phone call is also good, but typically leads to a voicemail because I teach throughout the day. I try to return phone calls and emails within in three school days.
With 140 students, I find it easiest to contact parents via email. When I send out emails, I will use the email listed in Skyward, so please make sure that is up to date. If you do not have email, please let me know (see below) so I can make sure to send home a paper copy with your student.
I also try to post every assignment we do on my website. These are downloadable/printable via Microsoft or Open Office software (this is a free).