Welcome to Mrs. Frazier’s 7th grade Core class!
Classroom Dynamics/Course Outline:
My goals for you:
-To enjoy learning about history and English, often through the use of technology
-To be well-prepared for high school and college learning experiences
-To look forward to coming to class every day
-To learn how to work with others cooperatively
-To treat everyone with respect and work cooperatively
-To give your best effort to all you do in Core
-To come ready to learn with all materials every day
-To do your own work, not cheat, plagiarize, or forge anyone’s signature
-To be sure your technology device is charged and ready for use every day and bring its power cord in case you have to charge in class
Make-up work in Core class will often be difficult due to the nature of the assignments: group work, projects, class discussions, etc. Please make doctor appointments after school if at all possible. If you must miss class, please check our class website, contact a fellow student, or ask Mrs. Frazier for an update on the missed work. It is your responsibility to check the daily box for missed work.
Students will consistently have 20-40 minutes of homework per night for Core class. Occasionally, there will be long-term projects that will require attention over the weekend. If an assignment is turned in late, there will be a penalty of five points off per day and the student may receive from up to 50% of the original point value, depending on the quality of the work. If a student is absent, they will have the same number of days to complete the work as the number of days absent without penalty. Make-up tests will be given to students after school or at another pre-arranged time.
Grading Policy/Checking Grades:
Grades will be calculated on a percentage basis. The grading scale is: A=90-100% B=80-90% C=70-80% D=60-70% F=below 60%. The English grade will include interactive English assignments, projects, writing assignments, homework, tests, reading requirements, and participation. The History grade will include interactive history assignments, tests, homework, map skills, projects, reports, discussions, participation, and group work. Please check ATLAS on a regular basis to check your grade progress.
Course Outline - English:
The areas that will be focused on include: vocabulary, spelling, grammar, writing, literature, and self-selected reading. During most weeks, a portion of each class period will be spent working in the areas listed. However, the literary or historical theme will drive much of the content. Because of the unique setup of Core (two periods with the same teacher), we will be able to bring together literature, history, geography and writing in a way that deepens the learning opportunities for all students. Another major component of the English grade will be based on reading requirements in and outside of the classroom. We will discuss the requirements in class.
Course Outline - History:
The curriculum for 7th grade history covers five continents and 1500 years of history. The major history units are: Europe After the Fall of the Roman Empire, the Rise of Islam, Empires and Kingdoms of Sub-Saharan Africa, Imperial China and Feudal Japan, Europe’s Transition to the Modern World, and Civilizations of the Americas. Students will gain a broad knowledge of world history and have an enhanced understanding of how major issues facing us today are connected to the past. Students will receive instruction through interactive lectures, simulations, group work, writing, drama presentations, class notes, discussions, interactive history assignments, and other modes of interacting that address the learning styles of all students.
Office Hours – *After school by appt. only due to meetings
**I am usually in my classroom before school, break, and most lunches for any questions you might have. Come and see me or email to schedule something!
I look forward to a very exciting year! If you have any questions please contact me at: email@example.com or by phone at 457-2640. Thank you!!