Sixth Grade Social Studies Syllabus
Diamond Canyon School
2019 - 2020
The sixth grade Social Studies curriculum focuses primarily on World History and includes topics such as:
Middle Ages/ Renaissance
African Medieval Kingdoms
Early Civilizations of the Americas
*Map skills, as well as historical research, will be integrated in all of the above topics throughout the year*
Grades will be based on a combination of tests, quizzes, projects, essays, class work assignments and participation.
A = 90-100
B = 89-80
C = 79-70
D = 69=60
F = Below 60
Formal Assessments (tests and quizzes) = 40%
Informal Assessments (projects, presentations, participation) = 40%
Coursework Assignments (unit folders/ISN notebooks, handouts) = 20%
Assessments may include multiple choice and short answer tests, map skills, quizzes, and document based questions (DBQ) essays.
Some projects and presentations will be assigned and finished in class, while others will be required to be completed at home. Some may include multi-media presentations and role playing and group participation is required.
Students will be given sufficient time in class to complete the majority of assigned work including unit folders/ ISN notebooks, and handouts. If a student does not complete his/her work within the class period, it will become homework unless otherwise stated. Students will be expected to work independently, with a partner, in cooperative groups or as a whole class.
Student Folder/ ISN Notebook:
Students are required to keep an organized folder and an Interactive Notebook in Social Studies. It will contain all class work, graded assignments and tests, as well as information passed out in class. Students will be asked to clean out their folder when a new topic is introduced.
Late work, including all types of course work and homework, will be considered late upon the final unit test and will not be accepted if not completed when the study of unit has been completed or the quarter ends, whichever comes first.
Procedures for student absence:
When a student is absent from class it is their responsibility, upon returning to school, to initiate contact with the teacher to obtain work missed. Students may email the teacher to receive the assignments and assistance in catching up. Students can ask the teacher, prior to the beginning of class or at the end of class before leaving, for additional information. Students will have 5 class days to make arrangements with the teacher to complete and turn in work for full credit. After the fifth day, the late work policy above will then go into effe
Students will have the opportunity to re-test on formal assessments if they did not meet mastery of 79%. Students may schedule a re-test on tutoring day or on the Monday after the test during classroom time. In order to retest, students must complete a tutoring session on the material for the test. Tutoring can take place during classroom time if permitted by the teacher. Re-tests will cover the same material, but not be identical to the original test. The maximum retest score a student can earn is 79%. Re-tests should take place within 5 days of the original feedback date. All students must have documentation to stay before/after school hours via email.