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    Please Scroll down to View Global History, Holocaust Studies, and &7th Grade Social Studies Course Outlines and Supply Lists:

     

     

                               Global History & Geography Course Outline

                                                               Ms. Ashton

     

    Introduction:

     

    Global History & Geography is a Regents- level course in which you will explore world history from the ancient period to the present. Global History is two year course Main topics covered in grade 9 include Ancient Civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, Major Belief Systems, Medieval Europe, African Kingdoms, Asian Societies, European Renaissance & Reformation, Exploration, and Political Revolutions in Europe and Latin America. Global History 10 covers information from 1850 to the present, such as the Industrial Revolution, Nationalist Movements, Imperialism in Africa & Asia, World Wars, The Cold War, and contemporary global issues. A Regents examination will be administered on which you will be tested on information covered in both 9th and 10th grade social studies. 

     

    Activities:

     

    You will be participating in a variety of learning activities. Class notes and vocabulary lists are an integral part of the course since we study many topics from many areas of the world. Other activities include group projects and presentations, games or contests, essay writing, creative projects, readings, viewing films etc…

     

    Grading Policy:

     

    Homework: 30% ( Daily assignments, Projects,  Essays, etc…)

               

     

    Quizzes: 30%

     

     

    Tests: 40%  

     

     

    Supplies:

     

    Please be sure to have a 3-ring binder for your notes and other hand-outs or assignments. You may use my 3-hole punch to keep items organized. Notebooks will be checked and graded every quarter. Please keep all papers organized as you may need to study materials handed out in class for quizzes and examinations. You may need an additional folder to store hand-outs.  Bring your textbook to class daily as well as a pen or pencil and lined paper.

     

     

    Due Dates: 

     

    Always meet deadlines. Late work will not be accepted!

     

    Another Point on Homework:

     

     When homework is assigned, it is sometimes due the following day but in many cases you may be given 2-3 days to complete it. Hopefully this flexibility will allow you to complete work and balance your busy schedule. 

     

    Questions/Concerns: Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am generally available after school if you need extra help or want a quiet place to work.

     

     

    How to Reach Me: 677-8527 extension 1507

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    Kathleen.Ashton@cambridgecsd.org

               

     

     

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    Holocaust Studies: Course Outline

    Instructor: Ms. Ashton

    Room 212

     

    The Holocaust, which occurred during World War II and resulted in the senseless killing of millions of Jews and others targeted by the Nazis was not a sudden or isolated event. Prejudice and genocide have existed in this world for hundreds of years. The Holocaust was not the first example of genocide nor is it the last. Our journey in studying the Holocaust will be one in which students will share emotions and reactions unlike any they have probably experienced in any other classroom. They will learn about despair and terrible tragedy but will also learn that humans have an incredible will to survive and that the kindness and generosity of brave people can give us a sense of hope.

    In this course, we will study the following areas:

    I.                     The Roots of Prejudice- The beginning part of the course will involve a study of how stereotyping, environment, lack of exposure, and intolerance can cause prejudice to develop. We will examine religious intolerance, racism, and even bullying and take a look at how we, as individuals react to different people, ideas, and situations.

    II.                  The History of Anti-Semitism-  We will next examine the roots of anti-Semitism and how it has affected Jews in Europe and other areas of the world over the centuries leading up to World War II. 

    III.                The Rise of the Nazis/ Events of World War II will allow us to explore the events of Europe leading up to the Holocaust as well as an in-depth and lengthy analysis into the perpetrators and victims of the Holocaust and responses of individuals and nations to these events. We will identify and analyze the treatment of groups such as Poles, the mentally ill, disabled people, Gypsies, religious groups, and others who in addition to the Jews became victims of Nazi persecution. Main events of the war will also be studied.

    IV.                The Aftermath of the Holocaust will involve a study of the judgment of the perpetrators, justice, and stories of survival. We will also learn, sadly, that genocide has occurred following the Holocaust of World War II and study efforts that have been made to try to stop it or prevent it from happening. 

     

     

    Types of Assignments:

     

    Readings & Analysis- Students will be assigned many readings and must fill out “Reading Analysis” sheets or answer questions for each assignment. These activities allow students to reflect and find meaning in the reading s or for them to express their own ideas or communicate reactions. Completion of this work serves as a spark for class discussion.

     

    Film Analysis- So many excellent documentaries and films on the Holocaust have been made! These films will help students to empathize with victims, understand the events of the time period, and most of all realize that there is hope that goodness will prevail in this world.  Students will be asked to provide feedback and analysis in some form either through written essays or by answering questions related to the film. Insightful class discussions will result from these activities.

     

    Journal- Each student will be required to keep a marble journal in which reflections and reactions to readings, films, discussions, or guest speakers will be recorded. Some homework assignments will be completed in this journal. Students will use these journals to express thoughts on topics covered in this class.

     

    Projects & Papers- Projects such as book reports, interviews, research projects, or essays will be assigned each quarter or as Mid-Term or Final exams. 

     

    Quizzes and Tests will be given occasionally and may be in the form of an essay.

     

     

    Grading Policy:

    Each assignment will be weighted from 10 to 50 or more points. Grades will be determined based on the number of points a student earns out of the number of total points worth of work assigned. For example, a total of 300 points worth of work might be assigned and a student may have earned 275 out of that possible 300 points. 275 /300=92%, so the student would have a 92 average.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

           

                            7th  Grade Social Studies:  Ms. Ashton & Mr. Lapitsky

                                                             American History

    Topics: 

    I.                     The Global Heritage of the American People Prior to 1500

    History & Social Sciences, Geography, Native American Cultures

     

    II.                   European Exploration and Colonization of the Americas

    European Explorers and their Impact on Native Americans, European Settlements, Life in Colonial Communities

    III.                 A Nation is Created

    Causes of the American Revolution, Protests, Early Attempts at Government, Changes Brought by the Revolution

     

    IV.                Experiments in Government

    Articles of Confederation, New York State Constitution, U.S. Constitution

     

    V.                  Life in the New Nation

    The New Government, War of 1812, The Age of Jackson, Native American Removal, Farms, Communities, Growing Technology, Slavery, Abolition

     

    VI.                 The Civil War

    Causes of the Civil War, Differences between North and South, Civil War Battles, Results of the Civil War

    Supplies:   

    -          3- ring binder (2 inches) with loose leaf paper

    -          Pens, pencils, and a highlighter

    Contact Us At:  Kathleen.Ashton@cambridgecsd.org     Andrew.Lapitsky@cambridgecsd.org