Mr. Stevenson

About my class:


My name is Mr. Stevenson. It is my pleasure to have your child in my 6th and 7th grade History class. This history course will be “standards-based.” State content standards describe in specific and comprehensive terms what students need to know and be able to do. There are content standards for each grade level and subject. 

Examples of state content standards for Seventh grade:7.1 Students analyze the causes and effects of the vast expansion and ultimate disintegration of the Roman Empire

1. Study the early strengths and lasting contributions of Rome (e.g., significance of Roman citizenship; rights under Roman law; Roman art, architecture, engineering, and philosophy; preservation and transmission of Christianity) and its ultimate internal weaknesses (e.g., rise of autonomous military powers within the empire, undermining of citizenship by the growth of corruption and slavery, lack of education, and distribution of news).

2. Discuss the geographic borders of the empire at its height and the factors that threatened its territorial cohesion.

3. Describe the establishment by Constantine of the new capital in Constantinople and the development of the Byzantine Empire, with an emphasis on the consequences of the development of two distinct European civilizations, Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic, and their two distinct views on church-state relations. Example of a Sixth grade standard:

6.3 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the Ancient Hebrews.
            
1. Describe the origins and significance of Judaism as the first monotheistic religion based on the concept of one God who sets down moral laws for humanity.

2. Identify the sources of the ethical teachings and central beliefs of Judaism (the Hebrew Bible, the Commentaries): belief in God, observance of law, practice of the concepts of righteousness and justice, and importance of study; and describe how the ideas of the Hebrew traditions are reflected in the moral and ethical traditions of Western civilization.

3. Explain the significance of Abraham, Moses, Naomi, Ruth, David, and Yohanan ben Zaccai in the development of the Jewish religion.

Procedures and policies for my class:

Homework-assigned every Monday of every week and collected the following Monday, barring schedule changes. 

1. Each homework assignment counts as 5 to 25 points. 

2. Homework is worth 10% to 30% of a student’s final grade. 

LATE HOMEWORK IS NOT ACCEPTED UNLESS THERE IS AN EXCUSED ABSENCE

I assign homework every Monday and it is collected the following Monday, with the only exception being an excused absence. This applies to ALL magnet students, even those with  I.E.P. or 504 accommodations.  Please contact me or the Magnet coordinator if you have any questions. 

Tests
-required every week unless notified. Tests are usually 60% to 80% of a final grade.

Essays, Individual, or Group Projects- count as one test grade unless otherwise notified.

Extra Credit-must be requested by student. 

Composition book- required for lectures and general information.  It will count towards the students overall grade

Absences

I encourage each student to network with a classmate in the event of absences. If your child is absent from school, he or she should ask for any missed work if they haven’t gotten it from a classmate.

Work must be made up in a timely manner. For example, if a student was absent for one day, the student has one day to make up the assignment, etc. 

Preparation:

Each student is expected to come to class prepared with:

A Notebook for History only-it can be part of a bigger notebook, but there must be a history section.

Notebook Paper

Pencils and/or pens(blue or black ink only)

A Compositon Book for my class only

A small stapler

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO SAVE ALL WORK- DO NOT THROW ANY  GRADED WORK AWAY

Grading

My grading scale is 100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D


Work habits:

Work habit grades are based on being on time(in one’s seat and ready to learn before the tardy bell) to class(three unexcused tardies results in a “U”), being prepared for class with materials, having assignments completed and turned in on time, and participation in class activities. 

Cooperation:

Cooperation grades are based on cooperation with myself, and student’s peers.

Thank you.