Syllabus and Grading Information

  • Syllabus

    Howard Middle School 2017-2018

    6th Grade World History and Advanced World History 

    Mrs. Bednar



    Students will be exploring our world through several facets of ancient civilizations. During semester one our studies will include past civilizations including: The Stone Age, Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China. Also, throughout the school year a quarterly writing assignment, DBQ, will be given that is document based and related to the curriculum. Document based writing strategies will be implemented and reviewed to help facilitate understanding and constant improvement.

    Students will also focus on literacy and organizational strategies. Organization and follow through are key components to success. Each day’s classwork and/or homework assignments will be recorded on the white board as well as on my teacher web page, Please encourage your child to use his or her planner to keep track of assignments and due dates. Remember, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. The world history section of the their school binder should also function as an organizational tool housing classwork, homework, notes, projects, tests, quizzes, and other graded work. Also, students should come daily supplied with pencils, paper, highlighters, and a correcting pen for the class.


    Students will cover 6th grade Florida Standards for World History as well as looking back to standards taught in elementary school that are not yet mastered.  They will work independently and in small groups throughout each week.  I expect each student to give me their best effort, to ask questions when they are unsure about something, to make mistakes, to do the work assigned, and to allow other students the opportunity to learn.


    Textbook:  Holt McDougal's World History Ancient Civilizations

                       Students will have access to some of this electronically through their portal.


    Supplies needed daily:

    1 three ring binder (the school's 3"), 6 dividers (one for each period), paper, pencils, pens, and erasers, colored pencils, and a highlighter.  Needed but to be kept at school will be a duotang folder with fastners.  Phones will not be regularly used so should be secured in a location out of sight (extra pencil case in binder is a great way to keep it safe). 


    Homework:  If we have homework, it will be given out at the beginning of the week and is expected to be turned in on the date that it is due, which is usually Thursday or Friday of that same week. There is an expectation that your student will turn in their own work


    Late Homework:     Late homework WILL NOT receive full credit unless there is an excused absence.  Homework that is late will receive a maximum grade of 50%.  


    Absences:  After an excused absence, it is the student’s responsibility to copy down all missing work and obtain any handouts.  There is a location in the classroom where handouts will be placed.  Students will have a one day grace period for every day of absence to get work completed as per Marion County Student Handbook.  If a student is given an out of school suspension, it is either the student or the parent's responsibility to ask for work missed.


    Rules and Expectations:  Howard Middle is a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) school, which means students are acknowledged with incentives for their efforts to make positive behavior choices.  Your child will be expected to follow the school and class rules at all times during the school day.  

    Be Ready!

    Be Responsible!

    Be Respectful!


    Grading Summary:

    40% Tests/Projects   

             Tests:  These are given at the end of each topic/unit.  All tests with a grade of a C or lower will require a                                               parent’s signature to keep them apprised of their student’s specific needs.

             Projects:  There will be several projects assigned during the school year in addition to or as                                                                     the regularly assigned homework.

    25% Quizzes

             Quizzes:  Given regularly as a check to see the progress on topics covered. 


    25% Class work/DBQ (Document Based Questioning) 

                   Class work:  This may be individual, partner or with a group


    10% Homework   

    Home work will generally be assigned Monday or Tuesday  with the expectation that it will be turned in when due, usually Thursday or Friday of each week.  Assignments are due at the beginning of class.  I will mark that an assignment has been attempted and completed.  There is no penalty for incorrect answers as long as real effort has been shown.  All work must be done in pencil!


    Grading Scale:

    90% - 100%  A

    80% - 89%    B

    70% - 79%    C

    60% - 69%    D

    0% - 59%      F


    Communication:  You should check your child’s grades through the parent portal.  If you haven’t signed up for it yet, please do so in the office.  Your child also has access to their grades through their student portal.  You can check my teacher page through the Howard Middle School website by clicking on faculty/staff and then clicking on my name for assignments and announcements.  Also, feel free to e-mail me at


    Conferences can be scheduled by calling the guidance office at 352-671-7225 and appointments made for Tuesdays or Thursdays from 8:40 – 9:10.


    I’m looking forward to helping your child gain confidence  skills and to guide them in becoming the best world history student they can be.  Thank you in advance for helping them with studying vocabulary, going over notes, making sure that homework is getting completed, and talking with your student about the importance of staying focused and giving 100% effort each day.