Syllabus Fall 2017
High Tech Middle Chula Vista
7th Grade Humanities
Syllabus - First Semester 2017
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Instructor: Callie Sprague, Room 214
Office Phone: (619) 591-2530 ext. 25451
Digital Portfolio: mscalliehtmcv.weebly.com
What is humanities?
The study of humanities is the study of the stories of our lives and experiences. As humans, we share a lot of experiences in common – stories of love, loss, life and death. There is an incredible richness in the human experience – and in particular, in your experiences. In this class, we will discover our stories and we will practice telling them to one another in a variety of different ways.
In this course, students will explore world history, geography, literature, and the writing process. We will work to make connections between historical cultures and events and the world today. This semester, students will be engaged in an interdisciplinary project that connects humanities and the arts.
Students will engage in learning through a variety of projects, as well as through daily reading and writing workshops. Through projects and literacy workshops, students will grow as readers, writers, and critical thinkers. We will spend a lot of time working in groups and together as a class, so students will also grow in their collaboration, problem solving, and communication skills. In this class, we will work hard, help each other, have fun, and create beautiful and meaningful work.
Student Support Plan:
Students learn content and skills at different speeds and in a variety of ways. In some cases, students may need extra help; at other times, they may be ready for more advanced challenges. Students are always able to ask for extra help sessions, after school tutoring, peer tutoring, or a family conference to develop an action plan specific to the student's needs. In the case that a student feels he or she needs extra help, we encourage students to meet with us as soon as possible to discuss their questions or concerns.
Project Calendar: (subject to change)
First Semester Overview
8/28 - 11/1:
Imprints of Life
Imprints of Life is an interdisciplinary Art/ Humanities project culminating in a Dia de los Muertos- inspired product and exhibition. The project will focus on two elements of celebrating life - celebrating our identities and journeys and then celebrating the identities and journeys of those who have impacted us the most. Students will learn about the history of Dia de los Muertos, write poetry, and create prints that use symbolism to represent an important person in their lives.
11/2 - 12/8
Literary Sculpture Garden
In this Humanities and Art project, we will create sculptures of our favorite book characters. During this project, we will be building and doing a deep character study within our Reader’s Workshops.
In our daily literacy work, students will participate in a variety of reading and writing workshops to enhance their literacy skills and engage with language arts content.
This year, we will be reading a variety of texts as a whole class, in small literature circles, and independently. We will practice reading skills as a class and students will apply these skills to their independent reading. An important part of this class is developing a strong and positive relationship with reading, so it is crucial that students are reading every day. Students will maintain reader’s notebooks where they will apply critical thinking skills to their reading. In class, students are expected to engage in regular discussions about their reading in order to develop comprehension and critical thinking skills. As a class, we will share and celebrate our reading lives, support one another, and challenge each other to grow as readers!
Throughout the semester, students will use writing as a way to find their voices and communicate their ideas. Writing is a powerful tool for expression, and it is important that we have the skills to express ourselves clearly and thoughtfully through our writing. Students will keep a writer’s notebook where they will have opportunities to write freely. Students will also write in a variety of structured styles, often connected to our projects. In order to improve their writing, students will engage in a process of critique. Writing is a process, and it takes many drafts and support from others to create beautiful work!
Our reading and writing will be guided by the Habits of Heart and Mind.
Habits of Heart: Self-Advocacy, Intellectual Curiosity, Integrity, Cooperation, and Unlimited Potential
Habits of Mind: Significance, Perspective, Evidence, Connections, Supposition
It is important that we have shared expectations of how we conduct ourselves in and outside of our school. As a community we will create a standard for which will conduct ourselves and develop a list of shared responsibilities to take care of our environment. There is a general expectation that all students will come to class on time, ready to work and engage. All projects are designed with differentiation in mind, so every student will be able to excel and succeed.
Assessment is an interactive, reflective and important part of the learning process. You will always receive points for your completed work, but more importantly, we will reflect on your challenges and successes together to constantly raise expectations that will push you to grow as a life-long learner. Throughout this course, you will receive feedback and detailed assessment from Ms. Callie, your classmates, community experts and from yourself. For larger projects, we will construct rubrics and establish expectations together. All projects will have a reflection component. You will formally reflect and present on what you have learned during your Student Led Conference and Presentations of Learning. Grades and comments will be available on Powerschool.
You will receive a weekly learning sheet that includes your assignments for Humanities class. You must bring your learning sheet to class each day and turn the learning sheet in at the end of each week. The learning sheet serves as an organizational tool for assessing your work.
All assignments are expected to be turned in on time. You will not earn full credit for any assignments that are turned in late. If you know that you are not going to be able to complete an assignment on time, please come speak with me before the due date so that I can help you. Please use your learning sheet and/or a planner to stay organized, and remember that you can always come for extra help after school if you are struggling with an assignment.
If a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to find out about missed assignments and confirm the due date with the teacher. In the case of a planned absence (family vacation, dentist appointment, etc.) the student should notify the teacher beforehand and request assignments prior to the absence. Work should be turned in on the day the student returns from the absence. In the case of an unplanned absence, students should turn in work assigned before the absence on the day he or she returns. For work assigned during the student's absence, the student will be given extra time to turn in the work. Extra time = the number of days the student was absent. Students should email me or check my digital portfolio to find out about missed work and print class handouts.
Recommended Supply List
The Constitution of the State of California requires that we provide a public education to you free of charge. Subject to certain exceptions, your right to a free public education means that we cannot require you or your family to purchase materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms for any school activity.
Below is a recommended list of supplies that your child may bring to school. Please note that if your child does not bring the recommended supplies, the school will provide the supplies for him/her. If you have any questions/comments about this, please contact the teachers or the school director.
Classes: Humanities, Math and Science
- 1 binder (1” or 1.5”)
- 2 composition notebooks (college ruled)
- 8-10 divider tabs for binder
- 1 pack of lined filler paper (college ruled)
- 1 pack of pencils, mechanical or regular (with eraser)
- 1 pack of pens (blue or black ink)
- Black Sharpie
- Personal Sketchbook (THIS IS OPTIONAL) you can bring your own sketchbook to use for project planning and to take home for challenge options.
7th Grade Humanities & Math/Science
Callie Sprague & Adam Ko
2017 - 20
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