World History I Grade 8 QISS – Course Outline
2018 - 2019
Mr. John Lenhart
Time and Location
Block 7: 12:35 - 13:55
Dear Grade 8 QISS Parents and Students,
Welcome to Mr. Lenhart’s 8th grade World History I class.This is my third year at QISS and I am very much looking forward to teaching World History I. I hope to inspire my students to become life-long learners and independent thinkers. I will also encourage them to permanently retain the materials we cover in our class discussions, assignments, and classroom work; and most importantly, to apply what we learn to their lives and to recognize why we are studying these topics.
The main goal for our World History I course will be to learn English Language standards and practices through the content of historical data ranging from The Origins of Western Society through The Middle Ages in Asia and Europe. Students will gain content knowledge, as well as experience in historical events through the eyes of others from reading texts, performing plays, having debates, and much more. I hope to guide student learning through differentiated curriculum, actively participating audiences, and engaging activities throughout the semester. The topics and skills developed throughout the course will be primarily driven by the QISS adopted standards. These standards were selected from both the Common Core English/Language Arts standards and the AERO standards. At the beginning of each topic of study, each student will be made aware of the benchmarks that will be addressed during that unit. Students will be expected to show effective mastery of the benchmarks designated for their level and their performance will determine their grade in the course. In addition to the class textbooks, students will also be given a series of novels, periodicals, short stories and other texts to read and analyze. Students will be responsible for these texts and must resubmit them at the end of the year.
Social studies should be viewed as an essential component of students' education. The responsibility of this class is to prepare young people to identify, understand, and work toward resolving problems that confront them, their communities, the nation, and the international community. To accomplish these tasks and work effectively as citizens, students need knowledge of past civilizations and the role that economics, geography, and sociopolitical concepts have played. Students should also understand the roles of individuals and groups in their own society and in other societies around the world.
In order to facilitate this learning process, students will draw from a number of disciplines that make up the subject matter of the social studies. This subject matter includes the disciplines of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology. The study of the five perspectives listed above allows for understandings to develop in an integrated way across these disciplines, enabling both a broad and deep understanding of people.
In World History I, we will be covering a multitude of topics. We will focus on many different areas of study all under these 4 Major Units:
1.The Origins of Western Society: Greece
2.The Development of Greek Culture and City-States
3.Ancient Rome, The Empire: The Rise through the Fall
4.Golden Ages and Dark Ages: The Middle Ages in Asia and Europe
Behavior and Homework Expectations:
Classroom behavior expectations will follow closely along with our school’s mission statement and PBIS responsibilities found in the Student Handbook. History is a very interesting topic, and historians fiercely debate the meaning and interpretations of their findings. I hope to inspire students to take ownership of historical ideas in similar ways, and this means that students may disagree with each other and will hopefully engage in fact-based, passionate debates. In order to ensure that the classroom environment is a safe one, where students feel confident expressing their opinions and learning from each other’s perspectives, this class has one rule: respect. Students are expected to respect their teacher, their classmates, and themselves. If students can abide by this one rule, it will foster learning in the classroom and be the foundation of their character in the years ahead. Disrespect will not be tolerated.
All homework assignments will be shared in Schoology or WeChat. If a student loses a homework assignment, they can request another copy or possibly a digital copy. I expect that homework will be completed on time and will be creative, clear, and legible. Students are responsible for coming to class prepared each day. That means having a pen or pencil, a notebook for only this class, and a folder or binder for only this class. There will be days where students are asked to bring their laptops or use their mobile device if they have one.
Students may not give or receive unauthorized aid on any assignment. Students will be held to the expectations and actions included in the Procedures for Academic Integrity found in the QISS Student Handbook.
The only other expectation is that students be respectful to all people and property in room 308 at all times. For example, that includes but is not limited to:
§Arriving on time and prepared every day, with completed homework and assignments
§Respectfully following directions in class and on assignments; submitting quality work
§Giving the teacher your attention when the teacher is talking
§Being considerate when other classmates are speaking
§Cleaning up your area before you leave and making sure all trash makes it to their designated locations.
§Even if it is not yours, pick it up and do something with it. Leave the class better than you found it
§Help the teacher, the class, and yourself by offering to help… turning on/off the lights, handing out things like highlighters and readings, …
§Sitting in your seat when the bell rings, working on the warm-up. Do not pack up to leave until asked to do so
§Listen, listen, listen! Follow instructions, then ask your questions
§Phones are collected upon arrival in the classroom. Phones may only be used with specific permission from the instructor
READY: Focused and alert | Bring required materials | Assigned work completed | In your assigned seat when the bell rings
RESPECTFUL: Observe classroom safety guidelines | Honor commonalities and celebrate differences | Support and encourage classmates | Use appropriate language at appropriate times
RELENTLESS: Complete all assignments on time and with integrity | Give your best effort | Open to feedback and capitalize on opportunities to improve
What You Should Expect from Me
§I will have important, relative, interesting, and organized lessons prepared every day.
§I will give minimal homework over the weekends, and do my best to avoid giving tests on Mondays.
§I will have your work graded and given back to you in a timely manner, usually with comments.
§I will be objective in my instruction and encourage open and critical minds, expecting students to address each other’s points respectfully while becoming informed citizens through many different sources.
Assessments and Grading:
The course will be taught over the entire year with students receiving grades each academic quarter. The grades will be reported using the A-F system with a percentage given out of 100%. Both formative (homework, papers, quizzes, daily participation) and summative (authentic projects, key assignments, exams) assessment tasks will be given that assess both content and skill mastery.
Formative Assessments: 60% (homework, participation, quiz)
Summative Assessments: 40% (exam, project, assignment)
I am excited about this year and very much look forward to teaching this course.Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns throughout the year.