6th Grade Class Syllabus

    Grade 8 Social Studies

          Course Syllabus 2018-2019

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:


            Welcome to 6th Grade Social Studies.  I am looking forward to getting to know you and having a wonderful experience this year.  Below is a class overview. 


Social Studies:

In our study of ancient states and empires, we develop an understanding of the meaning of “civilization” and “culture” and how these ideas apply to the variety of autonomous societal organizations that have existed through history and that continue to exist.  We also focus on written history and the ability to draw facts, information, and conclusions from written sources.  Our writing focuses on well-written paragraphs and well-organized essays with a claim, evidence, and elaboration.  This is coupled with the use of correct spelling and grammar. Students will be reading and writing on a regular basis both in class and at home. Throughout the year students will improve their reading strategies and critical thinking as they read both fiction and nonfiction texts. We will also be working on vocabulary related to the areas of study.


September - October

November – December

January -February

March – June

Geography & World Map


Ancient Mesopotamia

Ancient Egypt

Ancient China

Ancient Civilization CBA

Local History


Other Disciplines:

Students will continue to develop their organizational, self-discipline and interpersonal skills while working independently and in small groups.  Every student is encouraged to enthusiastically contribute to the classroom activities and discussions.  Part of the grade a student earns in social studies is based on his/her participation and willing cooperation.


Daily Assignments and Homework:

Sufficient class time will be provided for daily assignments; however, students who miss class or do not use their class time efficiently will need to complete the task as homework. There will be some homework assigned to allow students additional independent practice of skills taught in class and to prepare students for participation in class the next day. Therefore, it is essential that students complete their homework on time. Students will record assignments in their student planners.  In addition, all assignments with due dates will be on the class whiteboard. When back from an absence, a student needs to find out what was missed by checking the Absent Student File, consulting with his/her table team, and checking with me for clarification. I am available before and after school to help students. For students who demonstrate that they need a challenge beyond what is covered in class, there are several extension projects/activities available.


Late Work:

It is expected that assignments will be turned in on time.  However, students will receive partial credit for late work when it is turned in within two weeks of an assignment’s due date. The highest grade a student can receive on late work, which meets the assignment criteria, is a C. One exception to this is that Reading Logs will not be accepted late. Assignments turned in after an absence will not be counted as late, but will be expected to be completed in a timely manner.            


Online grades will be available on Skyward and updated every two weeks. Please contact the office, if you need a reminder about your username and password.

The following standard grading is used for this class:

A   93 – 100%        B    83 – 86.9%       C   73 – 76.9%     D   63­– 66.9%

A-  90 – 92.9%       B-   80 – 82.9%       C-  70 – 72.9%     D-  60­– 62.9%

B+ 87 – 89.9%       C+  77 – 79.9%       D+  67 – 69.9%    F   below 60%


Grades are weighted as follows:

  • Assignments, Homework & Projects 60%
  • Test & Quizzes 20%
  • Reading Log 20% (Students will read independent self-selected novels 150 minutes a week (30 minutes a day any five days a week). Reading Logs are due each Monday, signed by a parent. (See Reading Log instructions on class website for additional details.)



Students will be assessed on meeting the learning targets both during and at the end of a unit. Some assessments will be informal (not graded) and used so that I may adjust my teaching, so all students learn the skill being taught. Other assessments will be in the form of short writing, formal research writing, or class debate/discussion. Quizzes and tests will also be given. If a student does not pass a quiz, he/she may retake the quiz to receive no higher than a C- grade.


Supplies Needed: (* Items Used For All Classes)

Blue Heron Planner*-received in Period 1 class                     

one spiral notebook (70 pages)                    notebook paper in ample supply*

one 2-pocket style folder                             scissors*

index cards (approximately 200)                  12 sharpened pencils*                                    

1 package of Post-Its (3 X 3 inches)             ballpoint pens (blue and black)*

1 roll of scotch tape                                    colored pencils*

pink, green, and yellow highlighter pens*      Hand-held pencil sharpener (one that holds                                                                      shavings)*          

blue and black ultra-fine point Sharpies*       glue sticks*     

black fine point Sharpie*                             box of tissue & Clorox wipes (1st period class)


MOST IMPORTANT: Flash Drive/Memory Stick (2GB) to be used for all core classes

Students also need a novel to read every day, especially on quiz days, when they may finish early.

I also recommend having a world atlas, dictionary, and thesaurus available for home use.  These are provided in the classroom, but are not sent home with the students.



Talking with your student on a regular basis about what he/she is learning in Social Studies, checking the class website, along with reviewing assignments in your student’s planner are key methods to support your child in this class.  You will receive a username and password to check your child’s grades online. Please help your child access the website and monitor his/her academic progress in Social Studies.


It is great to have parent volunteers in class.  Please let me know if you are interested in helping out in any way, even as a guest speaker for one of our topics of study. I am especially interested in regular volunteers who provide reading, research, and writing support. 


Before/After School Assistance

I am eager to assist students to succeed academically and I am available before and after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, though students will need to arrange for transportation home after school. Students should sign-up or make an appointment ahead of time to avoid a previously scheduled meeting. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress in Social Studies. Email is the most efficient method for me to communicate.



Leslie Shively

Email address lshively@ptschools.org Email works best! J         

Classroom 379-4540 ext. 4364

Class website www.ptschools.org (Select “Blue Heron”>”BH Staff”>“Teachers” then “Leslie Shively”)