Humanities Course Syllabus

Grade 7 Humanities Course Syllabus

Learning Habits Self-Evaluation

Hum7 Mid-Sem Progress Report Fall 14

Readers/Writers Workshop

In the middle school at AES we teach literacy through an adapted workshop model.  The workshop approach to reading and writing is a methodology developed by Columbia University that is grounded in the latest research on literacy and brain development.  It provides students with a supportive environment that involves them in authentic reading and writing experiences that focus on the strengths and needs of each individual student. The adapted workshop model is a differentiated approach aimed at supporting the level of all learners and helping to create student ownership for their learning.  The goal is to help students develop strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills through the use of instructional strategies such as mini-lessons, shared reading and writing, teacher demonstrations of skills through read aloud texts, conferencing, literature responses, and independent reading and writing.

Authentic Reading is reading a variety of text for real purposes. Authentic reading is most like that which occurs in everyday life.

Authentic Reading includes:

• reading that is meaningful, relevant, and useful to the reader;
• supporting readers with a print-rich environment;
• providing choice within a variety of forms and genres;
• having the opportunity to interact with others in response to the text;
• focusing on communicating ideas or shared understandings;
• providing authentic meaning-making experiences: for pleasure, to be
informed, or to perform a task.

Authentic Writing is writing for real purposes and real audiences. Authentic writing is writing that is most like that which occurs in everyday life.

Authentic Writing includes:

• writing that is meaningful, relevant and useful to the writer;
• supporting writers with a print-rich environment;
• providing choice within a variety of forms and genres;
• understanding that the writing process is recursive;
• having the opportunity to interact with others in response to text

Classmarker: Practice quizzes will be available for you to take at various points throughout the year on this web site: http://www.classmarker.com/

You will mainly be using these apps for class:
Google Drive
Word Press
Notability
Pages
Popplet
Flashcard
Destiny
Dictionary
Thesaurus
NPR, also BBC, and CNN
Google Earth
National Geographic Atlas
Tap Quiz Maps
Keynote
Data Finder Poverty
Data Finder Health Statistics
WDI Data Finder
The Economist World Figures
Venn
Inspiration

Setting up your Electronic Folders

1. You will need to create a folder on Google Drive for our class.

2. Title it: Your first and last name HUMANITIES Per. (put your period numbers.) Example: Anna Citrino Humanities 3-5

3. Share your Humanities folder with me and with your parents.

4. All documents you create for class should be shared with me. Comments for your work will typically be given electronically on your documents saved in Google Drive.

5. Inside your Humanities folder create these folders:

  • Learning Habits
  • Conventions & Spelling

Quarter 1 You will need:
Basic Geography Skills
Reading
Poetry
Vocabulary
Writing

Quarter 2 you will need to add these folders:
Government Economics
Informational Writing
Elements of Fiction

Quarter 3 you will need to add these folders:
World Belief Systems

Quarter 4 you will need to add these folders:
Real Cost Project (Environment & Economics)

Create the same folders in your Notability app.

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