WELCOME TO THE ANCIENT WORLD! My name is Ms. Wolin, and I will be your guide on this exciting, year-long adventure. We will visit different civilizations that shaped the course of human history and that set the foundation for how our society functions today. At each of our stops, we will examine the culture, politics, social dynamics, geography, and economic structures that are in place there. By understanding these elements and using the skill set of amateur social scientists, we will develop a greater awareness of our world and its truly riveting past.
Admittedly, our journey will have some bumps and detours, as we encounter the “messy” side of human history: wars, revolutions, plagues, genocides, corruption, scandals, and a cast of unsavory characters. But we will also be enriched by points along the way where human innovation, philanthropy, the arts, philosophy, justice, heroism, and idealism flourish. It is thus critical for all travelers aboard to keep an open-mind … and sometimes a strong stomach!
What we will be learning.
HOMEROOM IMPORTANT DATES:
-There is no school for students the week of November 20th-24th.
-1st Quarter Honor Roll Awards Assembly scheduled for Monday, November 27th at 8:45 A.M.
-Interim report envelopes MUST be signed and returned by Monday, November 27th.
EXTRA CREDIT PACK FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK: In your "My reflections on World History" book, which is the green paper back book given out in the beginning of the year, please read and complete all the questions on pages 67-74. The work will be collected on Monday the 27th. That is the only day I will except the extra credit work.
Week of 11/27-12/1: This week, we will continue our journey through "Chapter 5: Ancient Egypt and Kush." Topics include: New Kingdom Pharaohs--Amenhotep IV, Tutankhamen, Ramses II; the decline of Egypt; and the Kingdom of Kush.
Current Events are due each Friday. The students are required to find a current event in a newspaper, magazine or on the internet. They need to turn the article in with the current event worksheet found above.
Our travel itinerary is given below. Exact dates for each stop will be confirmed as it gets closer to departure:
While traveling through the ancient world, we will have many opportunities to sharpen our communication and critical thinking skills. Frequently, we will compose “eyewitness” narratives that convey important information about the particular civilization we are visiting and that allow us to assume the personalities, lifestyles, and mindsets of people who lived there. We will also trace important cause and effect relationships, in our efforts to understand why events unfolded the way they did and what happened as a result. Evaluating and interpreting historical evidence, using a variety of primary and secondary sources, will be yet another way that we will become master critical thinkers.
I am thrilled to be joining you on this journey and I look forward to working with you closely. I know that we will learn so much from each other and from the fascinating places and peoples we will explore. See the backside of this sheet for additional course information.
Grading Scale and Weighting (as indicated in the Franklin Academy Campus Guide)
90%-100% = A
80%-89% = B
70%-79% = C
60%-69% = D
59 or below = F
Incomplete = I
Tests will be administered at the conclusion of each “stop” on the itinerary. For “stops” that cover more than one chapter (ie. Greece and Rome), there will be two different tests, to break up the material a bit. Each test will have four sections: a key terms section; an identifications section; a multiple choice section; and an extended response section.
Quizzes will be announced in advance, typically occurring at the mid-chapter point.
Occasionally a project or assignment will be classified as an “alternative assessment” and weighted as a quiz grade. Students will be notified of this in advance.
Projects include “eyewitness” narratives; participation in and response activities for class re-enactments and simulation activities; center work; etc.
Classwork includes day-to-day assignments, such as certain Do Now activities; journal checks; Guided Video Worksheets; and Primary Source Analysis activities.
***Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, construction paper, scissors, glue, and stamps) will be provided. However if you wish to donate to the class, that would be amazing J
Franklin Academy Homework Policy (verbatim from Parent/Student Handbook)
Franklin Academy recognizes the important role that homework plays in the enhancement of a child’s overall education. However, Franklin Academy also recognizes that these benefits must be weighed against legitimate family concerns and desires to have their children participate in after-school activities, religious and family events, as well as much needed leisure and downtime. Studies have shown that any activity, no matter how rewarding, can only be rewarding for a limited time.
Therefore, the Franklin Academy no-homework policy strives to create a balance between the need to give homework and the needs of the family. For these reasons, homework is individualized to meet the specific needs of each student. There are times when, in order to tailor a curriculum that meets each child’s specific needs, teachers may assign individualized reinforcement or extra practice in accordance with a child’s level within the class.
Missing Assignments and Tests Due to Absence (verbatim from Parent/Student Handbook)
All students are expected to make up work missed during an absence. For absences due to (a) illness of student, (b) illness of an immediate family member, (c) death in the family, the absence is excused hence full credit will be awarded as long as the student makes up the work during the appropriate time frame. A student has TWO days to make up the work for each day the student is absent, not including the day of return.
Students who have an unexcused absence will follow the policy for Missing Assignments & Tests due to late work.
Missing Assignments and Tests Due to Late Work (verbatim from Parent/Student Handbook)
All students are expected to make up work missed for any reason. Late work will be graded and 10 points will be deducted from the grade earned for each day it is late, up to five (5) days. Late work submitted after this time frame will receive half-credit (50%) of the grade earned.
Behavior/Rules and Procedures
Posted in my classroom are my “Five Quotes to Live By,” from which our class rules and procedures will be established in collaboration with my students:
RULE #1 – RESPECT: “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me. . . All I ask is that you RESPECT me as a human being.” – Jackie Robinson
RULE #2 – EFFORT: “Continuous EFFORT – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking your potential.” – Winston Churchill
RULE #3 – PREPARATION: “Before anything else, PREPARATION is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell
RULE #4 – POSITIVE ATTITUDE: “A POSITIVE ATTITUDE is something everyone can work on, and everyone can learn how to employ it.” – Joan Lunden
RULE #5 – ASKING QUESTIONS: “The important thing is not to stop ASKING QUESTIONS. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein