On the overview page you can learn about my Eastern Hemisphere social studies class. You can read below or download it by clicking on the newsletter image to the right.
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:
As the school year begins, I would like to extend a warm welcome. I am looking forward to a rewarding academic year.
In seventh grade your student will explore issues facing countries/regions in the Eastern Hemisphere (which doesn't include North or South America). Each unit will address essential questions that are relevant to history, geography, economics, and/or civics. Current events will also be periodically incorporated. See below for a listing of key 7th grade skills:
Douglas County School District
21st Century Skills
|• Global Awareness
• Financial Literacy
• Problem Solving
• Civic Responsibility
• Systems Thinking
World Class Outcomes
|• Evaluate how perspective and bias generate and shape global citizenry
• Demonstrate the process of inquiry:
o Identify a problem, generate questions, investigate plausible solutions
• Construct an argument and critique the reasoning of otheres
• Evaluate patterns of past events to hypothesize future events
• Critical Thinking
Colorado Grade Level Expectation At A Glance
|1. Uses and evaluates materials with different points of view to more fully understand an issue
2. Explains the historical impact of key people, ideas, and events in the Eastern Hemisphere
|1. Uses geographic tools to gather data and make geographic inferences and predictions
2. Explains how regions have different issues and perspectives
|1. Understands how supply and demand influence price and profit in a market economy
2. Understands how the distribution of resource influences what an economy produces and the individual choices that are made
3. Explains the role and impact of taxes
|1. Compares how various nations define the rights, responsibilities, and roles of citizens
2. Evaluates different forms of government in the world
3. Explains the influence of international organizations in the world community
Essential question: What has shaped the world to make it the way it is today?
Most times students are given class time to begin assignments. Productive use of class time will often reduce the amount of homework a student has. Students are expected to review each day’s materials and work on long term assignments nightly regardless of the due date to avoid excessive work the day before a test or when a larger assignment is due.
Students are required to have the following for my class: a 70-150 sheet spiral notebook solely for use in this class (for notes), colored pencils (8 colors are fine), and a folder/binder (if it is shared with other classes, my class must have its own section).
In addition to materials being presented in class, many classroom resources (maps, study guides, directions, readings…) are also available on my website, www.lexvold.com, as are email/web links, a daily listing of homework, course information, and a link to view estimated grades on-line
As required by the District, your student will receive two grades, content knowledge and work habits. Content knowledge grades show a student's understanding and progress on District Grade Level Expectations/World Class Outcomes and Colorado State Standards.
Students will also receive a separate work habits grade. The work habits grade reflects a student’s performance on work given for practice, coming to class prepared, behavior, performance on other class grade level expectations, assignment neatness, and turning work in on time. Please see the team letter on the contact page of my website for additional grading details.
To achieve a positive learning environment, I expect each student to be respectful, responsible, and ready-to-learn. In a busy school such as ours, these skills are equally important both inside and outside the classroom. Please take time to review CMS SHARES, Navigator Team newsletter and your behavioral expectations with your student.
I look forward to a productive year and encourage your involvement and support.
Brian M. Lexvold
Brian M. Lexvold