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    Social Studies is an opportunity

    to learn about the world in which we live. 

    It helps us understand our role as

    a member of the local community,

    a citizen of our nation,

    and an inhabitant of planet earth.   

    Our focus will be on the Western Hemisphere.   

    You will discover that we begin each chapter with a key question. 

    You can start thinking about the first question now...




  • Here are the major topics we'll study throughout the year:

    • geography basics (continents, latitude/longitude)
    • physical characteristics of the earth's surface
    • map skills/map interpretation
    • earth's population patterns (density/distribution)  and migration (movement)
    • characteristics of culture & civilization's beginnings
    • government's origin, purpose, and different government structures
    • U.S. citizenship - its rights and responsibilities
    • basic economic concepts and contrasting economic systems
    • earth's natural resources and ways land is used
    • Canada and Latin America - neighboring places
    • orienteering, the map sport
    • current events and how they relate to the geography themes


    • My World Geography: Western Hemisphere, Pearson Publisher, 2011 edition
    • Access to Google Classroom with linksto web based activities
    • Websites and interactive online resources
    • Supporting handouts and informational sheets
    • Reference materials both web based and from print sources
    • Digital access of textbook is available online to every student at www.successnetplus.com   This is an excellent at-home resource for homework completion, study, review, and enrichment



  • General Grading Procedures:

    Assessments will include a variety of tests, projects, quizzes, classwork, homework assignments, and performance assessments.  

    Providing a balanced assortment of these student work samples will be the goal throughout any one marking period.

    • Students may access to Portal to track their own grades at any time during a marking period.

    • Assessments are scored and returned to students promptly.  They are reviewed aloud in class to clarify any student's questions about the score. 

    • All scored papers should be stored in the student's social studies binder.

    • Parents should regularly access the Portal to stay informed of progress and can see the assessments by referring to the student's binder. 

    • Once a marking period is completed and report cards have been received, the binder will be purged for a clean start for the next marking period. 

    The assessments contribute to a student's overall social studies average in this way:

    • Tests/Projects: 35%
    • Quizzes:  30%
    • Classwork:  25%
    • Homework/Being Prepared for Class:  10%

    Parents are encouraged to access their child's progress at any time during the marking period through use of the Parent Portal.

    District Grading Scale:

    • A:  93% - 100%
    • B:  86% - 92%
    • C:  77% - 85%
    • D:  70% - 76%
    • F:  69% or lower



  • Notes:

    • Class participation is an important way to stay involved in your learning and a way for the teacher to assess your learning.  Participate!

    • Arrive prepared to learn... this means have your textbook, assignments, and pencils with you!  Be prepared!

    • Keep your papers organized in a three-ring binder.  They are valuable study aids to review for quizzes and to study for tests.  Stay organized!

    • Write your daily homework and long term assignments in your assignment book.  Doing this will remind you of your responsibility for work completion.  Be informed!

    • Mid-marking period progress will be communicated privately to students in class.  Knowledge is power!

    • Some assignments will need to be returned to school with a parent signature.  Keep your parents informed of your progress!

    Parents and Students:  You may access the Parent Portal by clicking on the link below.