7th GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES ? MR. EISENHARDT
COURSE GUIDE: 2018-2019
Dear 7th Grade students,
parents, and guardians:
Welcome! This year in social studies we will be focusing on the study of United States and New York history. We will explore history as far back as human migration to North America through the Civil War. This guide provides important information about this course. Please read it carefully and sign the bottom of the student profile sheet.
Unit Tests and Quizzes (50% of
There will be several unit tests and quizzes throughout each
quarter. These may contain multiple
choice, short answer, and/or essay questions.
For each unit test or quiz students are responsible for that unit's
material plus any new material
announced ahead of time. Dates will be
posted in class and on E-Board in advance.
Any student who is absent will be expected to make it up on the first day he or she is back in school unless
other arrangements have been made ahead of time.
Long-Term Assignments (20% of
Long-term assignments allow students to enhance their
knowledge of social studies through work done both in and out of class over an
extended period of time. Specific
requirements for long-term assignments are discussed in class and well in
advance of the due date.
Homework & Classwork (25 % of
Homework prepares students for class by reviewing previous material or
introducing new information. Expect to do homework daily. Even when a graded homework is not assigned,
you must review the material we learned in class. Missed homework that we do not go over in
class may be handed in for partial credit (full credit if due to an absence)
the day after the assignment is due (or the day the student returns from
work: Like Homework, in-class
assignments are key to success in this class.
Late class work assignments are not accepted unless due to absence. Each
unit, expect to take at least one unannounced quiz related to the content we’ve
learned in class. This is to ensure
that you are keeping up with the material.
These quizzes will count as classwork
and class work assignments have different point values depending on the length
and difficulty of each assignment.
Shorter assignments that we go over in class but are not collected are
usually worth five points. Longer
assignments, which are usually collected, are worth ten. Rubrics for these assignments are below,
however more long-term homework/classwork project will have separate grading
5 POINT ASSIGNMENTS
10 POINT ASSIGNMENTS
5: Assignment fully completed with effort
9-10: Assignment completed with outstanding effort
and few or no errors.
4: Assignment mostly completed, some effort is
7-8: Assignment mostly completed, few parts
missing/lacking effort; 9 or 10 handed in late
3: Partially completed; lacking effort or a 5 handed
5-6: Assignment is partially completed; may be
lacking effort or contain significant errors; a 7 or 8 handed in late
1-2: 3 or 4 handed in late
3-4: 5 or 6
handed in late
Participation & Preparedness (5% of
Students are expected
to participate in class activities each day and be prepared with the following
Three-ring binder with loose-leaf, organized and
All class materials should be
dated and placed neatly in a binder. All
materials should be arranged in order by date.
Be sure to always have a
supply of paper for notes and class work.
The agenda should be used every
day to record assignments and upcoming tests and quizzes.
A pen or pencil!
Always come to class with something to write with! You will not be given pens or pencils.
A highlighter. Always bring a highlighter to class as it will help us
annotate historical documents and notes.
RULES AND DISCIPLINE
Students can choose to RESPECT
their teachers and classmates by following a few common sense rules...
Arrive on time to class and be in your seat when
the bell rings.
Follow directions the first time they are given.
Raise your hand and wait to be called on to
Remain in your seat and ready to learn until
dismissed by the teacher.
Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
Use positive language and speak to others the
way you would want to be spoken to.
When students decide not to follow the rules, a three step
discipline procedure is used:
Step 1: A private discussion with the teacher
Step 2: Teacher detention may be given and/or a phone
Three or more violations of any rule results in a dean's referral
*Any behavior that threatens another person's well-being or causes a
major disruption in the classroom will be referred to the dean immediately the FIRST time it occurs.
Any work submitted by a student is expected to be
his or her own. Copying someone
else's ideas and presenting them as your own is cheating. This includes copying a test paper,
copying from a book or website without quoting it, or copying a classmate's
homework. This will result in a ZERO
for all students involved.
school extra help will be held weekly. A
specific day will be announced, but it will be held immediately after
school. Additional extra help will also
be given on the morning of a test and is available at other times by
COMMUNICATION, ABSENCES, AND STUDENT
Students are responsible for
writing all homework assignments along with upcoming tests, quizzes, and long
term assignments in their agendas.
Parents can use this as a communication tool.
365: A Microsoft Group has been
established for us to interact both inside and out of class. We will use this to learn about what we will
be discussing in class, share readings and/or articles, communicate with our
classmates, and submit work. Time in
class will be committed to setting up student accounts.
Absences: It is essential that students take
responsibility for catching up on what they missed when absent. This is where the 365 can help you! It is up to the STUDENT to get materials from
the 365, catch up as best as they can at home, and attend extra help if
needed. The textbook is another good
resource for catching up on missed material.
Contact: Feel free to email or call with
any questions or concerns; I will try to
respond within 24 hours: