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6th Grade World Area Studies Syllabus

  • Course Overview

    Sixth grade is the first year of a two-year World Area Studies course. Sixth grade students study Latin America, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The goal of this two-year course is to acquaint middle school students with the world in which they live. The geography domain includes both physical and human geography. The intent of the geography domain is for students to begin to grasp the importance geography plays in their everyday lives. The government/civics domain focuses on selected types of government found in the various areas so that students begin to understand the variety of governments in the world. The economics domain builds on the K-5 economics standards; however, the focus shifts from the United States to how other countries answer the basic questions of economics. The history domain focuses on major events in each region during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


    Materials for Class Wish List

    • Paper (wide or college rule) Notebook or Loose-leaf is acceptable
    • 3” Binder
    • Pencils (mechanical or #2)
    • Colored Pencils/Crayons
    • Laptop (Assigned from school ONLY no personal laptops or tablets and must already be charged)
    • Earbuds (no specific brand or type)


    Classroom Code of Conduct



    Be SAFE

    Bring a positive attitude

    Be on time

    Be aware of your space and materials

    Be attentive to the speaker

    Arrive prepared

    Be aware of others’ space and materials

    Allow others’ contributions and individuality

    Clean up after yourself




    Classroom Behavior Consequences

    1st Warning: Verbal request to change behavior


    2nd Warning: Request student to leave the classroom for a “Classroom Timeout”. Student and teacher will discuss how behavior needs to change. Phone call, text or email home to parent(s)/guardian.


    *Classroom Timeout is when the student is asked to leave the classroom, they will be instructed to go to another classroom with their assignments. All unfinished assignments during this disruption must be completed for homework and turned in the next day. *


    3rd Warning: Referral to Vice Principal with disciplinary action. Phone call, text or email home and parent-teacher conference will be requested.


    Grading Criteria

    Assessments/Quizzes (30%)

    Projects (25%)

    Class Work (20%) – classroom assignments, activities, notes.

    Interactive Notebooks (20%)

    Homework (5%) – assignments that are NOT classwork that was not completed in class.


    Late Work

    Any student work turned in late (other than with an excused absence) will be reduced by one letter grade for each class it is late. Late work will only be accepted during the quarter in which it was assigned.


    Make –Up Work

    Make up work will be allowed for excused absences only. It is the student’s responsibility to get any assignments or notes missed during their excused absence. Students have 2 classes for each excused absence day to turn in work without any penalty.


    Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at email.