• Ms. Martinez: 7th grade World History   Room: D-3



    Textbook: History Alive!  Each student should have been issued a copy of the textbook on or before the first day of school.  Since we are unable to acquire a class set of books, the textbook will need to be kept in the student’s locker and brought to class when needed and taken home as needed to complete homework. 


    Curriculum: We will be following the California State Standards for 7th grade social studies, please feel free to view them at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/hstgrade7.asp.  There is also a new Framework for Social Studies that has just been adopted so we will be incorporating that as well, found at:  http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/hs/cf/sbedrafthssfw.asp

    And of course we will be addressing the Common Core Standards for History/Social Studies grades 6-8.  You can view these at: http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RH/6-8


    Units of Study:                                                                                                     

    1. The World in 300 CE (Interconnections in Afroeurasia & Americas)     
    2. Rome & Christendom 300 CE to 1200 (Roman Empire, Development & Spread of Christianity, Medieval Europe, Sicily)      
    3. Southwestern Asia, 300 to 1200: World of Islam (Persia, Umayyad & Abbasid Caliphates, Development & Spread of Islam, Sicily, Cairo)
    4. South Asia, 300 to 1200 (Gupta Empire, Spread of Hinduism & Buddhism, Srivijaya)
    5. East Asia, 300 to 1200 (China during Tang & Song, spread of Buddhism, Korea & Japan, Quanzhou)
    6. West Africa, 900-1600(Ghana, Mali)
    7. Americas, 300 to 1490 (Maya, Aztec, Inca)
    8. Sites of Encounter in Medieval World, 1200-1490 (Mongols, Majorca, Calicut)
    9. Global Convergence, 1450 -1750 (Voyages, Columbian Exchange, Trade Networks, Gunpowder Empires; Colonialism in Americas & Southeast Asia, Atlantic World)
    10. Impact of Ideas, 1500 – 1750 (Spread of Religions; Reformation; Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment)


    Assessment: Each unit will have a culminating activity or project, and there will be quizzes given on the iPads for each chapter or unit.  I grade on a point system which is calculated into a traditional percentage system.

                                                                               89% - 100% A                                                                                                                                                                    79% - 88%   B

                                                                               68% - 78%C

                                                                               56% - 67% D    

                                                                                              <55% F

    Grades are cumulative throughout the semester and will be posted for parents and students to see on the Jupiter grades website.  Students must have their own username and password for Jupiter in order to take quizzes and access some assignments.  If a student forgets their iPad on the day of a quiz, they will get a zero on the quiz.


    Cooperation marks are based on tardies and on following classroom rules.  Students will receive a “U” after their third tardy per 5 week grading period.  Students are only allowed 1 tardy per 5 week period to maintain an “E”.  Violations of class rules, such as chewing gum in class, will lower student’s grade to an S after the first offense, but a second offense will result in a “U”.  More severe violations of class rules will be followed up with referrals or “U” notices.  Using a phone in class is an automatic “U” and the phone will be confiscated and sent to Student Services for a parent/guardian to pick up.  If the iPad is being used for anything other than the task that we are working on, the iPad can also be confiscated, and sent to the counseling office followed up by disciplinary action, and a “U” in cooperation.


    Work Habits grades are based on effort, work completion, and coming to class prepared.  Throughout the year we will have culminating projects for each unit, the decision to not complete these projects will result in a “U” in work habits for that grading period.  Students must also be accountable for bringing their textbook, iPad & notebooks when required. Failing to bring required materials consistently to class (3 times or more per 5 week grading period) will result in a “U” in work habits.  Notebooks will be where students complete their daily warm-ups, notes, key terms, and other written work.  They will be checked often and will be part of the student’s grade, as well as a study guide for quizzes, so it is important to keep good care of their notebook.


    Required Materials: Color Pencils                                              Hi-Liters of different colors

                                                 Student Planner                                         Pens/Pencils

                                                 Spiral/bound notebook

                                                 Folder/Binder for handouts


                   Students who cannot get these materials on their own for whatever reason may contact me directly to receive assistance in acquiring them.


    Homework: There may not be homework on a daily basis.  Most homework will consist of finishing work not completed in class or projects.  Students will be encouraged to write down their homework in their student planners each day. Every afternoon I will be posting the homework on Jupiter Grades.  Just check the calendar!

    Late work will be accepted but only for half credit, and only up to a week after the original due date, unless, of course, it is late because of an excused absence or if a student has extended time due to an IEP or 504 Plan.


    Contact information:

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  The best way to reach me is by email. I do my best to respond quickly.  You can also send me a message via Jupiter grades.  Please email me whenever possible, we can always schedule a time to speak on the phone or meet that way: sdd6763@lausd.net


    Looking forward to another great school year!