Global Studies Syllabus

RAMSEY MIDDLE SCHOOL 8th GRADE GLOBAL STUDIES 2016-2017

 

Mrs. Jacques, Room 111                                                                                Ms. Miller, Room 110

breana.jacques@mpls.k12.mn.us                                                                   heather.miller@mpls.k12.mn.us

 

Course Description

In eighth grade Global Studies, we will be studying the world from a variety of different angles and cultural perspectives. We will explore the historical, geographic, and cultural elements related to current issues in the world today. The class includes multiple social studies disciplines; history, civics, economics, and geography. Students will develop skills reading and interpreting historical texts and maps, analysis of historical evidence and graphs, writing, research, academic debate, inquiry-based projects, and iPad technology.  

 

Course Resources

Electronic Textbook

·      McGraw-Hill Digital Text –Discovering World Geography   

·      McGraw-Hill Digital Text— Discovering Our Past: A History of the World

Variety of Online Sources

·   Readings, Films, clips and TEDTALKS

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

 

Year at a Glance

 

Unit Title

Unit Topics

Unit Projects

UNIT 1

Intro to Global Studies (August/September)

Academic Language, critical thinking, global terms

N/A

UNIT 2

Geography (September)

Mapping skills

iMap & Story

UNIT 3

Americas (October)

Globalization & Trade

Environmental Watch  

UNIT 4

Asia (November-December)

World Superpowers, Independence movements, Aging/Growing populations

Plan A Trip

UNIT 5

UDHR/Model UN  (December-February)

Human Rights & Refugees

Simulation

UNIT 6

Southwest Asia, North Africa (March)

Monotheistic religions, Arab Spring, Oil & Water

Social Movements Research Project

UNIT 7

Africa South of the Sahara  (April-May)

Busting Stereotypes, Ancient Kingdoms, Colonization, Independence movements, Diaspora

Illustrated & Annotated Independence Timeline

UNIT 8

Europe & Russia  (May-June)

Economy, Aging populations, Cold War & Communism

Past, Present, & Future of Russia’s impact on the world

 

STANDARDS-BASED GRADING (SBG)

Ramsey Middle School uses standards-based grading. This means that every assignment grade for a student is directly tied to the student’s mastery of a state standard. Learning targets (based on the standards) and activities will be assessed on a 4-point scale. The meaning behind the numbers in the 4-point scale is consistent within and across content areas.

We believe in high expectations. You are in 8th grade and we desire to see you achieve your best. In order to earn a 4 in this course, you are required to stretch your thinking. There will be many different ways to demonstrate extended thinking. All students who successfully achieve a 3 will be strongly encouraged to push themselves further in order to earn a 4.

4

Exemplary

High School Level

3

Proficient

8th Grade Level

2

Partially proficient

Below 8th Grade Level

1

Not proficient

Far Below 8th Grade Level

All characteristics of a 3 plus successful completion of extension.

*** completing extension does not automatically result in a 4***

On target

Complete

Few errors

Meets criteria

Adequately developed

Adequately supported

Mastery level

Satisfactory skills

Almost there

Errors detract from mastery

Progressing

Meets some criteria

Partially developed

Partially supported

Partial understanding

Not yet mastered

Keep trying!

Not accurate

Inappropriate

Does not meet criteria

Minimally developed

Minimally supported

Inadequate or incomplete

Beginning level mastery

 

STUDENT/PARENT PORTAL

All learning target grades will be posted in the Student Portal. Grades will be updated every two weeks.  

 

REDO’s, RETAKES, REVISING POLICY

Students may revise their work or retake a learning target assessment in order to demonstrate increased learning. Before retaking an assessment students will be asked to demonstrate additional practice on the learning target, and the assessment may occur in a different format than the original assessment. All redo’s, retakes, and revisions are due one week before the unit assessment.  

 

MODEL UNITED NATIONS

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the United Nations organization. Students learn about the UN system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution, and negotiation. Students have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events. In January a detailed description of the instructions and rubric will be available.

 

HOMEWORK & ASSESSMENTS

Homework will be given three times per week with the goal of helping you be responsible, improving your reading and thinking, and preparing you for each final unit assessment. Our homework will be made up of parent interviews, readings, writing, and practicing skills we learn in the classroom.  Homework will be checked in class, shared in class, or turned in for a grade in the gradebook. Homework will be recorded as a work habit and will not be accepted late unless absent or special circumstances approved by me.  Unit projects will also be completed at home and due at the end of each unit. Assessments and geography mapping tests will be given each unit.