World History Syllabus
In 6th grade World History, we will study the earliest humans up to the ancient and classical civilizations of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Students will be exposed to the multiple themes of world history, including society, politics, human-environment interaction, culture, and economics (SPICE). Students will study methods of historical inquiry (answering questions about the past) and how primary and secondary sources can serve as evidence to make claims about what has happened and answer those questions.
Unit 1: Intro to History and the Stone Age
Unit 2: Mesopotamia
Unit 3: Egypt, Kush, and Africa
Unit 4: The Israelites
Unit 5: India
Unit 6: China
Unit 7: Greece
Unit 8: Rome
Unit 9: Christianity
Unit 10: Mesoamerica
Your grade in world history will be a reflection of what you know and are able to do. In order to show this, we will have two types of grades this year, formative and summative. Formative assessments are the “practice” assessments designed to give you an idea of how close you are to being able to achieve the objective or standard being taught. Summative assessments are your chance to show what you know or can do. Formative assessments will be things like classwork and exit slips that are designed to give a quick snapshot of where you what you need to study. Summative assessments are your chance to prove that you can complete the objective.
All assignments will be graded on a scale of 1-4, with 4 meaning the student has shown mastery of that concept and 1 meaning the student has limited understanding. An assignment that is not attempted or shows no understanding of the concept at all will be given a NE which means “No Evidence.” Since we use a 100 pt scale, a 4=100% (A), 3= 89% (B), 2= 79% (C) and 1 = 69% (D). If a student receives a NE, they will get 0% since they have shown no evidence of their understanding. They will have the opportunity to redo any summative that they receive and NE on.
Think of formative assessments as practice during the week, and summative assessments as the game you play on the weekend. Practice is important because it will help you be successful, but the game on Saturday is what you will be judged on. Since the summative grades are more important, they will be a larger portion of your grade, 60%, and formative will be the smaller portion, 40%. Since formative grades are practice and are only used for feedback, they will be replaced by the summative grade if it is higher. This means that students will not be able to redo a formative assignment since the grade may come up if they do better on the summative. For example, if Mark gets a 2 and a 3 on his two formatives, but gets a 4 on his summative, the 2 and the 3 formative grades will become 4s. If a student has NE on a summative, they will need to redo the assignment.
Students are expected to follow Liberty’s Big 3 whenever they are on campus:
Do Your Best.
Do What’s Right.
Treat Others the Way You Want to be Treated
In World History, this means always having what you need to be successful in class. Your binder should be with you everywhere you go, as well as something to write with. Be on time to class and be engaged with what we are doing when you are there. Everyone of capable of success as long as they put in the effort.
Students will need four (4), one (1) subject spiral notebooks, one for each quarter of the school year. The current spiral should live in the “Social Studies” tab of their Liberty notebook.