• Welcome to the new school year!
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    Social Studies Syllabus:

    The Ancient World and Beyond

    This year, you will explore the Ancient World as well as world cultures of today. You will expand your knowledge of the world and society by participating in a variety of challenging and exciting learning experiences.

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    Rules and Procedures

    1. Be respectful, ready, and responsible

    2. It is the responsibility of the student to retrieve missed work from the missed work holder.

    3. Late work policy: 1-2 days late-20% off

    4. After 2 days, homework will not be accepted

    5. *If answers are gone over next day in class, late work will not be accepted*

    6. If a child is absent, they have 2 days for every 1 day of absence to make up the work

    7. Water bottles are allowed in class.

    8. Come to class willing to put in your best effort and always have a positive attitude!

    9. Students will have a working snack (11:05-11:10) they will eat this in class. These should be easy to eat and cleanup snacks. For example, a granola bar. Students may not drink soda during snack time.

    10. Students are expected to follow the BCPS Code of Conduct.

    Coach Class: Will be offered on Friday from 7:45-8:15 am. If a student cannot make that day, it is their responsibility to make other arrangements.

    Textbook: Our textbook will be History Alive: The Ancient World. There will be a class set available. Students with internet access at home will receive online access instead of a hard copy/ Students without internet access will receive a hard copy to keep at home with them until May.







    Projects and labs-25%

    Tardy/Late: If students are more than 5 minutes late to class, they will be written up with an office referral

    PBIS Class Dojo-Students will receive points for positive behavior in school (ready, respectful, and responsible) They can turn in these points for individual or class prizes

    Plagiarism-Plagiarism will not be tolerated in middle school. Any work that is plagiarized will result in a zero on assignment. Students will need to still make it up in order to learn the skill but the grade will remain a zero.

    Journal: Use your journal to take notes in and do any class work that requires lined paper.  You should always have your SS journal with you in class.

    Service Learning: Service learning activities will be provided throughout the year to help students fulfill their 75 hours needed for high school graduation.


    Parent Conferences: 25 minute meetings with the core subject teachers are available on Tuesdays from 9:45-10:40  am Please email Mrs. Coyne at jjlewis@bcps.k12.md.us to schedule a meeting with all four core teachers.


    Technology/Contact Information: The best way to contact me is by email. My email address is: jjlewis@bcps.k12.md.us

    My cell phone number is 248-766-8639 Please call me with any questions or concerns!


    The school website is: http://www.baltimorecityschools.org/site/default.aspx?DomainID=2684

    Once you are at the website, click on academics then 6th grade, and there you will find a ton of helpful information!

    Some class announcements will be available to students and parents on edmodo.com

    Communication is done via classroom parent so please sign up ASAP. Use this site:




    Parents will have access to infinite campus for monitoring students grades.


    Curriculum: This year, we will be studying--geography, history, political science, economics, and government in early civilizations. We will also be connecting these ancient civilizations with modern day policy and current events in the regions we are studying. Students will also complete large content projects in SS such as National History Day. I am committed to opening students eyes to the world around them through class discussion, reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources, exploring history, government, and current events. We will be discussing and reading about civil rights as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. Students will have a better understanding of their world by exploring other cultures and societies. Students will also have an opportunity to complete service learning hours that will go towards their graduation requirement.