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Social Studies 7 Syllabus


Contact Information

            Teacher: Steven (Luke) Barker                      School Phone: (870) 895-3293

            Email:        School Website:


Course Description

Social Studies 7 focuses on world history from prehistory up to the age of discovery.  Throughout this course we will also concentrate on the five themes of Geography.  In particular, we will examine maps, Earth’s physical geography, and Earth’s human and cultural geography.


Student Expectations

ü  Students are to bring to class daily: textbook (World History: Journey Across Time), pen (blue or black), pencil with eraser, and paper.

ü  Students are to follow classroom rules at all times!

ü  Follow directions the first (and only) time they are given.

ü  Students are to hand in all required assignments on time to successfully complete this course.

ü  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to look up any assignments you missed.  Ask a classmate or look in my assignment folder.  You must see me before or after class in order to retrieve any handouts.  Do not ask me once class has started.  For each day you are absent, you get one day to turn in the assignment.

ü  If you are absent for a test, you must make it up within one week.

ü  If the bell rings, remain in your seat until I dismiss you.

ü  Extra-credit assignments are periodically offered to the entire class but not on an individual basis.


Required Assignments and Grading

All assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests will be given a point value.  To determine your grade, divide your earned points by the total points possible.  There will be a cumulative final exam each semester.  This exam is worth 20% of your grade.


Homework: Assignments must be neat and handed in on the due date.  If the homework is late, you may turn it in the next school day for half credit.  You will not be allowed to retrieve your homework from your locker after the class has started!


Quizzes and Tests: Quizzes will be given periodically throughout each unit.  Most of them will be announced, but there will be surprise quizzes.  For a test, you will be given a one week notice.


Projects and Activities: When given a special project, a complete grading rubric will be handed out to ensure a good understanding of what is expected.  When working in groups, there must be equal participation.  If you choose not to do your fair share, your grade will reflect your effort.


Participation: Participation is important!  When you participate, you may be helping other students as well as yourself.  If you feel that you need help, come ask for it!



The following assignment will be graded using a rubric. Each rubric will be reviewed prior to turning in the assignment. All rubrics can be found on my web page or in the rubric organizer in my room. Rubrics can be attached to the front or back of your assignment. The assignment is then placed in the “turn in tray” in my room. Graded assignments can be found in the homework return box on the bookshelf.

·       Projects—depending on the project, a rubric will be used to explain what details are needed to successfully complete it.



Any copied work or plagiarism will result in a zero for the entire assignment.