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Be the Best You
o Bell Ringer Questions
Be the change you want to see in the world.
The secret of change is to focus all your energy on, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful places.
7th Grade Social Studies
Make this year great!
Bell Ringer 11
Wednesday 1/24 – Day 1
A. What term do historians use to describe prehistoric government? Explain why it was that way.
B. What are the two abbreviations for dates after year 1?
Tuesday 1/30 - Day 2
C. Make a list of things a tribe must have or do to be a civilization. (Minimal five things)
D. How did ancient civilizations improve upon early agriculture to increase food yields?
Thursday 1/30 - Day 3
E. In what modern countries did the first four civilizations begin?
F. Think about the reason countries have governments – why do you think the Ancient Era governments were monarchies/theocracies instead of democracies like today?
Monday 2/5 - Day 4
G. How did individual rights and freedoms change from Prehistory to the Ancient Era?
H. How did government change from Prehistory to the Ancient Era?
Bell Ringer 10
1/10 – Wednesday #1
A. Do you think technology existed in prehistory? Explain your answer.
B. If the prefix “pre” in prehistory means before what does the root word history mean? Before ________?
Thursday 1/18 – Day 2 Friday 1/12 – Day 2 (1st Period)
C. Explain how carbon dating works.
D. Create a t-chart to compare primary and secondary sources.
Friday 1/19 – Day 3
E. Explain what the Earth and oceans were like during an ice age.
F. What primary sources do scientist have to back up the “Out of Africa” theory?
Monday 1/22 – Day 4
G. Explain how prehistoric people made tools and weapons.
H. What is a Neanderthal and how is it different from us?
Tuesday 1/23 – Day 5
I. What can you infer about Otzi based on the fact he had blackened lungs?
J. What can you infer about Otzi’s tattoos since they were under his clothes?
History 3rd 9 Weeks
Dear Parents and Guardians:
My name is Garrett McCurdy, and I will be working with Mr. Borders in your child’s social studies classroom for the next eight weeks. I am originally from Pocahontas County, and am currently in my final semester at Fairmont State University, where I will graduate in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies Education. At Fairmont State, I am a member of the Honors Program, where I have served as a peer mentor to new students for the past three years, and also of Phi Alpha Theta – a national honors society of history.
I had the pleasure of completing a previous field experience at Washington Irving, and I am excited to return for student teaching. During the time I will be spending in your child’s classroom, we will be covering highlights from the ancient and classical periods of history (3500 B.C. – 500 A.D.), with emphasis placed on geography, economics, government, and culture.
With the help of the students, I will also be completing an action research project on the interpretation and creation of timelines to assist students in their understanding of chronology, one of the most important concepts of historical study. This project will be a helpful learning experience for me, and I hope the students find the process useful and enjoyable.
For the next couple of weeks, I will be working closely with Mr. Borders to learn as much as possible about the school, classroom, and students to ensure my involvement will be beneficial to your child and his/her classmates. Please feel free to contact me online via Live Grades, or call the school to set an appointment during our planning period, which is between 1:30-2:10pm.
I look forward to this great opportunity to work with the students and staff of Washington Irving Middle School, and to learn and grow as a teacher.
Mr. Garrett McCurdy
Social Studies Syllabus 2017-18
What is social studies?
Definition – the study of how people live and organize themselves in society. The different parts of social studies that we will cover this year are geography, history, economics, culture, and government.
1. be able to identify, describe, and apply knowledge of the different parts of social studies.
2. be able to use maps, charts, graphs, etc. to answer questions or overcome obstacles.
3. be able to describe the major changes in human history from early man to modern day.
4. be able to write and support a thesis statement.
5. develop leadership and organizational skills to take accountability for and improve their own performance.
5. Safety: Stay in your seat with all four legs on the floor. Know the drill procedures.
All grades will be done on a point system. Most regular activities such as classwork or homework are worth 10 to 30 points. Quizzes are worth 50 points and tests are worth 100 points. Late work will receive a 10% penalty for each day it is late. Student grades can be found online at www.LiveGrades.com.
Students are NOT required to go out and buy any of the following, but here is a short list of recommended materials:
Contact Information: School Phone: (304) 624-3271 or LiveGrades.com