Western Hemisphere Studies

 

Mr. Brunnschweiler

339-8233 ext. 313

brunnshw@haslett.k12.mi.us

 

 

Course Overview

 

  • Sixth grade social studies will focus on the study of the Western Hemisphere during ancient and modern times.  

 

  • Sixth grade social studies will cover regional studies of North America , Central America , the Caribbean , and South America.

 

  • Students will also study civics/government, economics, geography and current events of the Western Hemisphere .  

 

 

Course Goals  

  • Sixth grade students will develop an understanding of Ancient World History of the Western Hemisphere and will study contemporary geography of the Western Hemisphere .   

 

  • Develop an understanding of the physical features of the earth's surface, and the relationship those features have to the cultural, political and economic regions of the Western Hemisphere .

 

  • Develop social studies knowledge, skills, and perspectives.

 

  • Develop critical and reflective thinking skills pertaining to cultural, physical, economical, and historical differences among the various regions of the Western Hemisphere .

 

Course topics  

 

  • Regions of the Western Hemisphere
  • Geography of the Western Hemisphere
  • History of the Western Hemisphere
  • Global Issues Past and Present
  • Civics and Government
  • Economics
  • Public Discourse, Decision Making, and Citizen Involvement
  • Current Events

 

Course Materials

  • Course Textbook: Western Hemisphere  
  • Assignment Planner
  • Pencil and pen
  • Paper or Notebook for classroom notes
  • Folder or three ring binder

 

Units of study

 

·   History of Ancient Civilizations of the Western Hemisphere

o The Beginnings of Human Society

o Early Civilizations and Cultures and the Emergence of Pastoral Peoples

o Classical Traditions, World Religions, and Major Empires

 

·   Geography of the Western Hemisphere

o Places and Regions

o Physical Systems

o Human Systems

o Environment and Society

o Global Issues Past and Present

 

·   Civics and Government

o Purposes of Government

o Structure and Functions of Government

o Relationship of United States to Other Nations and World Affairs

 

·   Economics

o   The Market Economy

o   The National Economy

o   International Economy

 

·   Public Discourse, Decision Making and Citizen Involvement

 

Class Rules

 

1.   Be on time and prepared when the bell rings for class.  Please be in your seat and ready for the warm-up activity.

2.   Respect and be polite to all people and property in the classroom.

3.   Listen when other people are talking.

4.   Three bathroom passes per the semester. 

 

 

Grading


1.   Grade will be determined by assignments/homework, quizzes/tests, projects, and participation.

2.   If you miss class you must pick up materials/homework when you get back to class.

3.   Late work will be marked down 10% per day after the due date unless student has special circumstances. 

4.   Test make ups will be an option if a student scores below 70% on the test. 

5.   Final Grade:   Combined average of Semester 1: 50%; Semester 2: 50 %


Grading Percentages 

50%:  In Class Assignments/Homework

20%: Projects

20%: Tests/Quizzes

10%: Participation

 

 

Grading Scale

 


GRADE

PERCENT RANGE

A

93% - 100%

A-

90% - 92%

B+

88% - 89%

B

83% - 87%

B-

80% - 82%

C+

78% - 79%

C

73% - 77%

C-

70% - 72%

D+

68% - 69%

D

63% - 67%

D-

60% - 62%

E

59% and below