• 7th Grade Humanities Syllabus

    [2021-2022]

     

    Instructor Information

    Brittany Wingate 

    bwingate@alvinisd.net

    Room: B212

     

    General Information

     

    Description

    MAP Humanities is an interdisciplinary program designed to integrate the curriculum of seventh-grade language arts and seventh-grade social studies. This course will require students to: analyze, synthesize and evaluate.

     

    Expectations and Goals

    Students are expected to be prepared, focused and ready to learn. Students are expected to participate in class, and be respectful of classmates, teacher, and area. Students are strongly encouraged to get creative and think outside the box!

     

    Communication Information

    Feel free to email me with any questions and concerns, and I will respond within 24 hours. I will send classroom reminders to parents and students (upcoming assignments, important materials needed etc.) through the Remind App.

     

    Google classroom will also be utilized for students to post classroom presentations, resources, online assignments, rubrics, and to clarify any questions. Each class will have an individual Google classroom code that can be accessed via my webpage on the school’s website. 

     

    Course Materials

    Required Readings

    The required readings this year are as follows:

    Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

    Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale

    Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi

    A Brave Boy and a Good Soldier by John C. C. Hill and the Texas Expedition to Mier

     

    (Please wait for further guidance on these mentioned texts)

     

     

    Grade Weight Policy

    Grades are 50% major grades (tests, projects, presentations, papers etc.) and 50% daily grades (classwork, quizzes, participation, presentations, homework etc.)

     

    Late Work and Missed Assignments

    Late work is considered late if it is not turned in on the day it is due. Late work will result in a penalty deducting 10 points for each day late. After the fourth late day, you will no longer be able to receive credit for your assignment. If you are absent, you are responsible for obtaining any missed assignments. Assignments are due two days after your return. If you miss a test review day, you are still required to take the test on test day.

     

    Test Retake Policy

    Students are allowed one test retake per semester (a total of 2 all year). The test must be signed by a parent acknowledging he/she saw your original grade, and brought back within two days. The student must also attend at least one tutorial before the retake. All test retakes must be taken within two weeks of the original assessment and will receive a maximum grade of 80. Test retakes may differ from the original test in format, or questions, but will cover the same standards and objectives.

     

    Assignment Requirements

    Each student should have their first and last name, class period, and date in the top right-hand corner on the first page of each assignment. All hand-written assignments should be in your neatest handwriting. Assignments to be turned in must be written in black or blue ink, or in pencil. Notes may be taken in any color. All typed assignments should be in 12 pt. Times New Roman or Arial font, double-spaced and have 1” margins. The title should be centered at the top of the page.

     

    Devices

    Students will be permitted to use devices in the class room with teacher permission for educational purposes. Should devices become a  distraction in the classroom, they may be taken up by the teacher and adhere to the BYOD policy outlined in the NRJH policy book.

     

    Units of Study

        7th Grade Year at a Glance: Adventure and Challenge

    Texas History/Content/Critical Reasoning

    Reading Comprehension/Vocabulary/Fluency

     
     

    1st Grading Period: Facing Adversity

    • Intro to Texas History 1(A-B),    8(A-C)
    • Geography of Texas and the US 9(A-B)
    • Natural Texas and Its People 2(A)
    • Age of Contact/Mission System 2(B-C)
    • Colonization in the Americas 2(C), 8.2(A-B)
    • Mexican National and Anglo Colonization 2(D-F)

     

    • Intro to Writing/Reading Workshop
    • Strand 2: Comprehension Skills  5(A-I)
    • Strand 4: Multiple Genres  7(A-D), 
    • Strand 5: Author’s Purpose & Craft  9(A-C)

    The following happens on a weekly basis:

    • Strand 1: Foundational Language Skills  1(A-D), 2(A-C), 3, 4
    • Strand 3: Response Skills  6(A-I)
     
     

    2nd Grading Period: Crossing Generations

    • American Government/Moving into Texas
    • Road to Texas Revolution 3(A-C)
    • The Texas Republic 4(A), 10(A-C)
    • American Expansionism- tie into American History/ Study for Finals

     

    • Strand 2: Comprehension Skills 5(A-I)
    • Strand 4: Multiple Genres 8(A-C) (Informational Texts should be incorporated)
    • Strand 5: Author’s Purpose & Craft 9(A-G)

    The following happens on a weekly basis:

    • Strand 1: Foundational Language Skills  1(A-D), 2(A-C), 3, 4
    • Strand 3: Response Skills  6(A-I)
     
     

    3rd Grading Period: Transformation

    • Republic to Statehood / American Expansionism 4(B-C) 
    • Civil War 5(A-C)
    • Reconstruction 5(C)
    • Texas Frontier 6(A, C)


     

    • Strand 2: Comprehension Skills 5(A-I)
    • Strand 4: Multiple Genres 8(D-F)
    • Strand 5: Author’s Purpose & Craft 9(A-G)
    • Strand 7: Inquiry & Research   12,(E), 12(G), 12(H)

    The following happens on a weekly basis:

    • Strand 1: Foundational Language Skills  1(A-D), 2(A-C), 3, 4
    • Strand 3: Response Skills  6(A-I)
     
     

    4th Grading Period: Taking Action in Society

    • Cattle, Cotton, Progress 6(B-D), 7(C)
    • Oil Industry and a New Century 7(A-D), 9(B), 10(C-D)
    • WWI - WWII 7(E)
    • Modern Texas 10(B-D), 11(B), 12(A-C), 19(A-E)
    • Texas Government 13(A-B), 14(A-B), 15 (A-B), 16(A-B), 17(A-B)

     

    • Strand 2: Comprehension Skills  5(A-I)
    • Strand 4: Multiple Genres  7(A-D), 
    • Strand 5: Author’s Purpose & Craft   9(A-D)

    The following happens on a weekly basis:

    • Strand 1: Foundational Language Skills  1(A-D), 2(A-C), 3, 4
    • Strand 3: Response Skills  6(A-I)
     

     

     

    TEKS:

    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills