• “History, as nearly no one seems to know, is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.” - James Baldwin (1965).

    "History is nothing if not an epic tale of missed opportunities." - Graydon Carter

    "What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past." - Victor Hugo


  • 7th Grade Social Studies

    Teacher: Thomas Standring

    Email: thomas.standring@dvusd.org

    Room: I106


    Goals: Our goal is to learn not only the facts about significant moments in history, but to also understand motivations and connect consequences to incidents.  During the process, we will be using sources to support written positions as well as different classroom activities to demonstrate mastery of content.

    Expectations: I expect each student to behave properly and exhibit an attitude for learning, which will lead to further development of more complex writing and theorizing.  I want students to embody the following:

    • Constructive team members
    • Active listeners and participation in daily activities
    • Respect fellow student’s opinions and answers
    • Complete work in a timely fashion
    • Take responsibility for homework, notes, etc.


    Course Objectives:

    • Students will organize notes and information related to activities, for later reference in the unit.
    • Students will establish effective academic relationships with classmates in order to benefit from group activities.
    • Proper behavior is expected at all times.
    • Students are expected to read, write, and discuss information while recording subsequent information.


    • Tests:                                45%
    • Projects:                            35%
    • Assignments:                     20%
      • Bell work, homework, classwork


    1. Bathroom
      1. Raise hand and be excused
      2. One student at a time, unless emergency.
      3. If emergency or feeling ill, the student must come to me before class to let me know.
      4. Leave phones in classroom
    2. Late work
      1. One day late= 30% off
      2. Two days late= 50% off
      3. Three days late= 0
      4. Students are allowed 1 late assignment to be turned in with no penalty (the maximum time is 7 school days)
        1. Unit projects are not eligible/allowed.





    1. Retakes
      1. No retakes of homework or projects
      2. Test corrections if allowed.
      3. In RTI, half point for a missed question
    2. Absent work
      1. Assignments from unit will be kept on the counter labeled Assignments.
      2. Student can ask me what we did the previous day(s), but must check the countertop for assignments he/she needs.
      3. The student will have the same amount of days to turn it in plus however many days missed.
    3. Phones
      1. Must not be visible during class
      2. A minor and loss of participation points
      3. Repeat offenses leads to stronger punishment
    4. Eating
      1. As is with other classes, 3rd period will be allowed a snack.
    5. Emergency (Nurse or front office)
      1. Notify me immediately
      2. Can go to the front office with a student accompanying them.

    Textbook: Discovering Our Past; a History of the United States, McGraw Hill © 2014.





  • Current Subject Material

    For this upcoming unit, we will be covering the following:

    • Reconstruction
      • Election of 1866
      • 10% Plan
      • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
      • Compromise of 1877
      • Rise of white supremacy
      • Scalawags
      • Andrew Johnson



  • Below is the rubric/instructions for the group project the students are working on in class.  They are in groups of 3.  On Wednesday Oct. 17th, the groups will be presenting their ideas.  Students are more than welcome to work on this at home

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