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Ms. Rice - 7C
Social Studies - Room 210

Dear Parents and Students,
        Welcome to 7C!  This year in social studies we are going to study ancient civilizations.  I look forward to working with you as we engage in learning about the people, places, ideas, and events that have shaped our world.  Below, you will find information concerning the expectations for this class and the answers to commonly asked questions.  

The seventh grade curriculum is a study of the early civilizations that flourished in the Mediterranean area.  The major topics we will cover this year are as follows:

  • Human Origins
  • Ancient Mesopotamia
  • Ancient Israel
  • Ancient Egypt/Nubia
  • Ancient Greece
  • Alexander the Great
  • Ancient Rome


Daily Participation
Projects & Essays

Success in 7th grade will rely on the amount of effort you put into your learning.  In order to earn credit students can show effort in the following ways:
  • Daily Participation:  Students are expected to participate in class.  This could be in the form of asking questions, making connections to peer's comments, working in cooperative groups, and staying on task.
  • Check-ins:   Students are expected to use their teacher as a resource.  This should happen either before school, after school, or during 4th block.  This is an opportunity for students to ask questions about what we are studying and review materials to get clarity.  
  • Homework: Homework will be assigned throughout the week.  Late work will be accepted for partial credit, until the day of the related assessment.
There are many forms of assessments in this class, both formative and summative.  These may include:
  • Discussions/Seminars/Debates:  These types of assessments will require you to show what you know through conversation.  
  • Projects & Essays:  These assessments will allow you to demonstrate what you know through either creative expression or writing.  
  • Tests/Quizzes:  Quizzes will be used as periodic check-ins throughout the unit.  Test will include open response writing to assess your understanding of the unit's big ideas.  
Students will be given access to the online text to use at home.  See the homepage of my website for the link to HistoryAlive.  Hard cover textbooks are available for students who need them; these textbooks DO NOT need to come to school, we have a classroom set.

  • 3 inch binder - 3 dividers with tabs labeled:  SS HW/Notes, SS Vocab, SS Reference
  • Lined notebook/filler paper
  • Pencils and pens (only blue or black ink for assignments, red pen for editing)
  • Colored pencils
  • Index cards
You should bring your agenda book, binder (with a supply of loose leaf paper), and an acceptable writing implement to class every day!

Extra credit opportunities are offered once a term.  Students should not rely on extra credit to completely “fix” his/her grade.  You will not be allowed to complete an extras credit project unless you have completed all missing assignments for the term.  If you feel you are not doing as well as you think you should, come and see me, rather than wait for an extra credit opportunity.

  • If you having difficulty completing work on time, see me as soon as possible
  • All assignments (and nearly all documents) are posted on my website
  • After an absence, it is the student's responsibility to see the teacher to make-up any homework and assessments  
  • The number of days you are absent due to illness equals the number of days you get to make-up missing work
  • 10% will be deducted each day from any late projects and essays
  • You cannot print a paper during class.  You are welcome to type work but must have a hard copy for class
  • DO NOT throw anything away!  Work is stored either in your binder or filed in the in-class portfolio
  • If you make the effort to review with me BEFORE a quiz/test you may have an opportunity to improve your score.  More details to follow
You are strongly encouraged to seek extra help if you have any questions or are in need of clarification.  I am usually available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after school until 4 p.m.  Students will also have an opportunity to meet with me during 4th block.  (Please note:  I coach soccer and track; it would be best for students to see me in advance about scheduling a specific time to meet during these seasons.)  

If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I can be reached by phone at 617-559-6800 ext. 457129 or Sheryl_Rice@newton.k12.ma.us.


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