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Atlantic Middle School 86 Hollis Avenue Quincy, MA 02170 617 984 8727 [email protected] SYLLABUS TEACHER K. Moran COURSE/GRADE LEVEL Grade 6 World Geography TEXT MATERIALS Nystrom World Atlas Geography: The World and its People textbook MAJOR TOPICS I. Five themes of geography (location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, region) II. Identify topographic, landform, political, population, and climate maps. III. Correctly use geographic terms and apply them to different parts of the world. IV. Use the above information to interpret geographic information from a graph or chart correctly. V. Identify major cities, waterways, landforms, absolute and relative location, climate, physical characteristics and natural resources in the following world regions 1. Middle East/ North Africa 7. China and its neighbors 2. Western Europe 8. Japan and the Koreas 3. Northern and Southern Europe 9. Southeast Asia 4. Russia 10. Australia 5. Eastern Europe 11. Africa 6. India and its Neighbors 12. South America VI. Learn a brief history of the regions above and begin to understand cultural, economic and social differences throughout the world. *ASSESSMENT TOOLS Teacher observation Homework Class work Class participation Tests/quizzes Essays Open response questions Multimedia presentations Projects Simulations Notebooks Research reports Attendance Oral presentations *See Individual Student Education Plans or 504 Plans for modification where applicable. HOMEWORK EXPECTATIONS Homework is issued regularly and must be completed conscientiously and turned in on time. All assignments should be recorded in the AGENDA book. The AGENDA is an integral tool in developing the organizational skills that will foster success in middle school. Homework will be posted in Agenda Books and on Schoolnotes.com GRADING POLICY Each assignment, project, quiz and test will be worth a certain number of points. Each student’s grade will be the numerator over what the assignment is worth. At the end of a term each student’s total points earned will be divided by the number of points assigned in the term, giving the student’s average. * Please note that poor attendance could negatively affect all of the above grades, while class participation and effort can help. MAKEUP PROCEDURE Students are expected to meet with the teacher to collect missed assignment and to schedule a due date for the work. Tests and quizzes should be made up within a week of the missed class. GENERAL INFORMATION Students must have access to the following supplies both in school and at home: Pencils Colored pencils Highlighter Blue/black pens 3-ring binder Inserts for 3-ring binder Index Cards 2” Binder Colored markers Adjustments may be made in this syllabus to meet student needs. If adjustments are made to this syllabus during the school year, parents/guardians will be notified and a new syllabus will be distributed.