7th Grade Social Studies: World History II

  • 7th Social Studies Syllabus 

    World History II

    Mr. Dresher

    7th Grade Social Studies Syllabus

    Mr. Dresher

    Dear Parents, Guardians and Students, on this document you will find the information necessary to be successful this school year. Beginning the year at a distance will be new for all of us but I am confident that if we work together, we will handle it flawlessly! Please be sure to read everything contained within the document in order to better understand the procedures, policies, and protocols during this time. Once you have read through the document, please navigate to my website (listed below) and fill out the Google Form, titled “Syllabus Check-Off.”

    Content: This year we focus on laying a strong foundation of social studies knowledge as well as studying the Modern World. We start with answering the question “What is social studies?” Afterwards we explore the Renaissance and the major wars, cultures and civilizations that follow. As we delve into this content, we will have opportunities to participate in discussions, simulations, research, and debates. These learning activities will give you important lifelong skills and help you to understand why the world is the way it is today.

    Our study will break down approximately into the following schedule:

    Quarter 1: Foundational Knowledge - What is social studies?, The Global Convergence

    Quarter 2: Age of Revolutions, The Rise of World Powers

    Quarter 3: World Conflicts, The Cold War

    Quarter 4: Modern Global Society

     Class Expectations: Students are expected to participate in class daily.   Submit all classwork via the Canvas platform, or turn in a hard copy when applicable.  It is the students responsibility to maintain and complete all assignments by the due date.  Although some assignments will be submitted in a hard copy (handout, etc.) you are expected to keep them organized in your Social Studies binder.

    Classwork: You are expected to complete all assignments to the best of your ability. While I do not grade everything we do in class, I will frequently collect an in-class assignment for grading purposes. I will not always announce which assignments will be collected for grading and which will not. Therefore, you should always do your best work.  All assignments should be submitted by the due date to avoid any point deductions.  Resubmissions of classwork or homework will not be accepted unless prior approval by the instructor.

    Warm Up: You will be expected to complete a warm up each day at the beginning of each class. The warm up will be displayed on the Smartboard. The student will be required to maintain a Google Doc  to record the warm ups for each week.  On your warm up document you will type the date followed by your numbered answers. All answers for that week must be on the same document, you will get a new document each week. Then, at the end of the week (usually Friday) you will submit your document.  Students are required to complete all warm ups even when absent (this would be considered make-up work), unless given prior approval by the instructor.

    Missing/Late work:  All assignments are strongly encouraged to be completed on time.  Late assignments will have a reduction of 10% off of their grade until the last day of grades are due for the quarter.  If missing assignments are not completed by the specified time period a score of zero will be entered in the gradebook and will remain until assignment is submitted and graded. A zero will always be entered as a placeholder when assignments are not submitted so a student may see how the missing assignment impacts their overall grade.

    Test Corrections:  It is important to me that you master the material I am teaching you. You will have two chances to take any tests.  I will record the highest of the two scores.  All tests will be completed in Canvas and submitted.

    Quizzes: You will have quizzes at various points this school year, there will be at least three per quarter. Quizzes allow me to see your understanding prior to the test. Quizzes may NOT be corrected and therefore you should always study and do your best.

    Grade Breakdown:

    •         Assessments/Projects: 30%
    •         Classwork/Homework: 50%
    •         Quizzes: 20%

    Communication: Most communication will be completed via email. We strongly encourage all parents to become a Canvas Observer to stay updated with grades, assignments, and announcements.  Below is my contact information should you need to reach out to me. 

    Name: Paul Dresher 

    Email: paul_dresher@abss.k12.nc.us

    Phone: (336) 538-6010

    Office Hours: 9:30-10:45am


    Thanks so much for reading! I look forward to this year with you.

    Mr. Dresher