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Todd Middle School Social Studies 6th Grade Requirement Sheet
Contact Information: These email addresses can also be found at the Todd Middle School website.
THIS REQUIREMENT SHEET MUST BE KEPT IN FRONT OF YOUR NOTEBOOK
Course Goals and Teaching Philosophy
Social Studies taught in 6th grade is a course in world history. The topics studied range from the early man to Greek and Roman civilizations.
A major underlying theme within the curriculum is the focus on social history and cultural diversity. The use of primary and secondary documents and artifacts will be used frequently to help students meet the Common Core learning standards. Students will work cooperatively within assigned groups, and are encouraged to ask questions and state opinions since this course is both discovery and discussion oriented. Many of the major topics covered over the course of this year will be developed concurrently in other classes, as we strive to develop an interdisciplinary approach to education.
Major Topics of Study
Why culture, society and history matters?
Unit 1: The World and Early People
Early people: Hunter and Gatherers to early settlements
Unit 2: Early Middle Eastern Civilizations
Mesopotamia and Nile River Valley
Unit 3: Southwest Asian Civilizations
Phoenician, Persian and Indian civilizations
Unit 4: Asia’s Classical Age
Unit 5: Western Civilizations
The ancient Greeks and Romans
Unit 6: The Rise of the later civilizations
Europe after the Romans
Expectations and Rules of Conduct
Written Work (to include class work and homework)
1. All written work must include the standard school heading as it appears at the beginning of this requirement sheet. Your work must also include a title underneath your heading indicating what type of work it is (i.e. Homework, Essay, etc.).
2. All written work must be legible. Does not use colored gel pens or red ink, teachers use it for correcting student work. This rule applies to all class work, homework, quizzes and tests. The use of computers and word processors is encouraged for all written work as it makes your revisions easier. If your work cannot be read, it cannot be graded!
3. It is important to rephrase ideas in your own words and not to plagiarize.
4. Notes are to be written in pen. Maps, graphs, drawings and political cartoons are to be done in pencil.
5. All of your written work should be kept in a three-ringed notebook in chronological (Date) order. Students should empty their folder each quarter; keep these materials in a folder at home for reference and review.
6. Homework is an important part of any course, as it builds a background of information from which class work is developed. Since the class approaches information chronologically, work must be done on time in order to be relevant. Therefore, homework is a necessary individual responsibility that must be fulfilled.
- If absent, it is your responsibility to get the assignment. You will not be penalized for lateness.
- All homework must be handed in during class time. Any assignment handed in after class but, by 3:00 PM will be considered late and points will be deducted on the day the assignment was due. No locker passes will be issued.
- Late homework will NOT be accepted beyond 24 hours after the original due date.
- Do not expect to turn in overdue work at the end of each quarter.
- More than two late or missed assignments in any quarter will result in phone call or letter home.
- All homework will be graded directly or through a quiz.
1. Be prepared for class each day. Be on time, have your social studies notebook (with your own paper), required assignment(s), and pens and pencils with you and not in your locker. When you get to class, get out the materials that you will need for that day’s lesson. Locker passes will not be given to any students.
2. Once you are issued a textbook, leave it home until requested to bring it to school by your teacher. If you need to do work from a textbook in school, your teacher will either provide you with a classroom copy, or request you to bring it to school prior to class.
3. All school rules explained in your Todd Handbook apply in class.
4. Class participation is a requirement in all class activities and discussions. Since discussion is an essential part of this course you must be willing to participate as well as listen to other students’ ideas and opinions.
The 6th grade will be using the textbook World History by Harcourt. There is an audio component of the textbook which may be helpful for some to read along to. To access the digital textbook go to Username: tsix Password: sixth
We will have a class set in the room and you will not need to carry your book to school. Please visit as you will find many resources for review and enrichment.
You are required to have a three-ringed loose-leaf binder (which you may share with one other subject). You are expected to maintain an adequate supply of loose leaf paper, pens and pencils throughout the year. You will also need colored pencils in order to complete various activities.
You are also required to bring your Todd Agenda with you to class every day, in order to keep an accurate record of your homework assignments and be able to get passes out of class.
Method of Grading
Your grade is compiled from all of your written work to include: tests, projects, essays, quizzes, and homework; your notebook, as well as your participation in class.
The breakdown for your quarterly grade is:
25% unit and chapter tests
20% essays (DBQ’s, research, and constructive responses) and or projects.
Group and individual projects are an integral part of the curriculum. Grading for each project is explained on the project handout sheet.
There will be either a final exam or final project in 6th grade.
Tutorials and Special Comments
Your teachers will be available to work with you after school. See them during the day so they can plan to work with you between 2:25 and 3:00 p.m. Your social studies teachers will go over their teaching schedules with their respective classes in order to identify other times during the day when they are available for extra help.
Student’s Signature / Date Parent Or Guardian’s Signature / Date
Teacher Review / Date