All advanced social studies students are required to complete a Social Studies Fair Project. The theme for this year's fair is "Rights and Responsibilities in History", which fits in perfectly with our Civics curriculum. Students will receive their SSF guide packets on Monday, November 18th. We will spend some time in class discussing the expectations and category requirements. The project due date is Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Students will be required to present their projects to the class. This project will count as two summative grades for the third quarter.
SSF Proposal Due Date: Friday, December 6th. (See Proposal Handout in the Assignments and Handouts Tab)
Computer Lab Dates: December 13, December 17, and January 17.
Project Due Date: January 28, 2014
Project Presentations in Class: January 28 - January 30.
OBMS SSF Judging: February 6, 2014
OBMS SSF Gallery Walk: February 7, 2014
Volusia County Social Studies Fair (DeLand High School) - March 7-8, 2014
There are more helpful links located under the Assignments and Handouts Tab.
There is a large emphasis on "writing in the content area", as part of our new Common Core Standards. Students will be expected to write "evidence based" responses in my class. They will be using classroom experiences, primary/secondary source documents, the textbook, Cornell notes, etc. to support their written responses. I want "substance" in their writing. They should be able to "show me" they understand through their writing. They are expected to write in complete sentences and use proper grammar and spelling in their writing. On a day to day basis, I will be referring to the HAMBURGER RUBRIC (see full rubric in Handouts section) to remind the students what I expect in their writing. I am always going to push students to give me the "Kitchen Sink."
Each quarter, students will be completing a Volusia Writes Prompt, which will be graded as a "Summative Assessment." In this prompt, they will have to provide evidence to support their thesis statement. I will be using a scoring rubric for these responses. I will post this rubric when our department has finalized on.
My name is Christy Disinger and I am looking forward to teaching your child this year. I will be 7thGrade Gifted/Advanced Civics this year.
My main goal is to provide students with a learning environment that stimulates their curiosity and encourages optimum intellectual development. However, the only way that I can achieve this goal is with the help and cooperation from both parents and students. I strongly believe that parents/guardians play a vital role in the education of their child; therefore, I invite and encourage any and all communication. I am open to any suggestions and concerns that you may encounter. Feel free to contact me at any time throughout the school year, as I would love to get to know you all and be able to put a face to all the names.
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"History gives answers to those who know how to ask questions" ~Hajo Holborn
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"MAKE UP MONDAYS" are starting this week and will go on every Monday in my room after school, unless something comes up and I have to cancel. If students ever miss a day and need to catch up or need some extra tutoring or guidance on an assignment or Notebooks, I will be in my room (Building 2 Room 112) on Monday afternoons until 4:30 PM. This is also a great time to use my computers for projects and research.
In an effort to help students become independent and assertive thinkers and writers, I am asking that students R.A.P their responses in my class. This means:
1. They must RESTATE the question in their answers.
2. Then, they must ANSWER the question.
3. Finally, the MOST IMPORTANT, they must PROVE, DEFEND, or EXPLAIN their response. It is okay to be wrong, but I want students to be confident in their writing. If they are going to make a bold statement, they have to support it with evidence.