Welcome to 7th Grade Social Studies!
Course Overview: Students in seventh grade will continue to expand upon the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired in the sixth grade examination of early civilizations. Seventh graders study the world from the Age of Exploration to contemporary times in order to understand the implications of increased global interactions. The focus will remain on the discipline of geography by using the themes of location, place, movement, human-environmental interaction and region to understand modern societies and regions. This course will guide students through patterns of change and continuity with a focus on conflict and cooperation, economic development, population shifts, political thought and organization, cultural values and beliefs and the impact of environment over time. Through an investigation of the various factors that shaped the development of societies and regions in the modern world and global interactions, students will examine both similarities and differences. A conscious effort should be made to include an integrated study of various societies and regions from every continent (Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia). The standards are organized around five strands: history, geography and environmental literacy, economics and financial literacy, civics and governance and culture. The strands should not be taught in isolation, but woven together in an integrated study that helps understand the world in which we live. Additionally, the course includes two types of essential standards – one that identifies the skills that students should master during the course of the year and another that identify the knowledge and understandings. The skills should be taught within the context of applying knowledge and understandings to a study of the modern world.
Daniels Middle School Grade Scale
In January 2015, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved a standard 10-point grading scale to begin with the 2015-16 school year for all students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. This scale will be applied for coursework beginning with the 2015-16 school year; grades from prior years will not be altered to fit the new scale.
Local school districts are required to follow the new scale at the high school level (grades 9-12), and they may use it in lower grades, if desired. WCPSS will also apply the 10-point scale for all students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Under the new scale, grades and grade point average calculations (high school only) will be applied as follows:
A: 90-100 = 4.0
B: 80-89 = 3.0
C: 70-79 = 2.0
D: 60-69 = 1.0
F: < 59 = 0.0
These grades will be reported on the transcript as numeric grades, rather than letter grades as have been reported in prior years.
In addition to the grade scale change, new standards for quality points will take effect for students entering high school for the first time in the 2015-16 school year and thereafter. This change will not affect students who entered high school prior to the 2015-16 school year.
The new quality points standard will provide an additional .5 quality point to Honors courses and a 1.0 additional quality point to Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses, community colleges courses, or four year university or college courses taken in high school. This new standard provides the same additional quality point to all college-level coursework.
*You need to earn a D (60%) or above to pass. If your average is not at 60% or above you need to ask yourself the following questions:
Did I study?
If so....How long? How many days? What methods did I use?
Did I do my homework?
If so.....how thorough was I? If not...then you need to immediately go back and complete it so you can at least earn partial credit for it and it may still help you understand the concept.
Am I paying attention and actively participating in class?
If so... there is no way you have earned less than D in my class. If not... then you need see me so we can work on a strategy that will help you better succeed in my class.
Mr. Nichols 7th Grade Social Studies Grading System
Classwork = 25%
Major Assignments (Tests/Projects) =35%
Minor Assignments (Quizzes/Writing) =30%
* Missing work due to absences: It is the responsibility of the student to turn in missing work due to absences. Students will have 5 days from the date of the absence to make up work.
* Late work: Late work will be accepted up to 5 days after the assigned due date.
Any missing work will be recorded as a 0. Students who fail (make below a 60) a test will have one chance to retake the test. The grade that the student makes on the retake will be the grade that is recorded in the grade book. The retake test will be a different test version than the original test in terms of question and answer choice order.