• Syllabus - Sociology

    East Central High School

    2015–2016 Classroom Syllabus

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    Instructor: Mr. Jeffrey D. Johnson

    Course: Sociology

    Office: Room – 2135

    Appointments: Before & after school

    Email: jeffrey.johnson@ecisd.net

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    Course Overview:

     

    The study of sociology looks beyond the individual to focus on groups of people. Sociology does share common features with other social sciences and also uses the scientific method as a problem-solving tool. Sociology provides tools to understand what social structures are, how they affect our beliefs and behaviors, and how individuals relate to each other

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    Course Scope:

     

    The scope of this course is to provide the student with a foundation of how to view our world and its challenges.

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    Course Sequence:

     

    1st Nine weeks – Sociological Perspective, Culture and Social Structures

     

    2nd Nine weeks – Social Inequality, Social Institutions and Social Change

     

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    Required Materials:

     

    • Textbook – Sociology – The Study of Human Relationships

    • Spiral notebook to be kept in the classroom.

    • Folder - to hold all hand-outs and homework assignments.

    • Writing utensils – Pens and pencils.

     

     

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    Grading Policy:

     

    This class will be graded on a point system. Each exam, quiz, homework, current event, and group activities will be given a point value and percentage score. The grading scale is as follows.

     

    90 - 100 = A

    80 – 89 = B

    75 – 79 = C

    70 – 74 = D

    0 – 69 = F

     

    Grade Breakdown

     

    40% - Exams and quarterly project

    40%- Group activities, homework, current events and classroom work

    20% - Quizzes

     

    • Exams – there will be three to five exams throughout each nine weeks.

     

    • Quizzes – Quizzes will be given any week with no exam. These quizzes may cover any assignments or lectures and can be given any day of the week without previous notice.

     

    • Group Activities – Students will be graded on group activities based on content of material and participation in the classroom.

     

    • Assignments - most are due the class period they are assigned. There are occasions when an extended assignment is given. The Student is responsible for turning the assignment in and on time.

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    Tutorials:

     

    Tutoring will be provided on Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. or 4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Please inform the teacher(s) as soon as possible so that they can have the appropriate resources on-hand.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Class Expectations:

     

    1. Be Safe

    • Ask to leave the room

    • Act right

    • Be courteous and polite

     

    2. Be Responsible

    • Work Hard

    • Do your best

    • Ask for help

     

    3. Be Respectful

    • Help and Share

    • Listen to the speaker

    • Take turns

     

     

    *** Consequences to violation of these rules include ***

     

    1. Warning

    2. Call to parents

    3. Detention

    4. Parent Conference

    5. Referral to Principal

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    Other Policies and Procedures:

     

    1. Electronic devices such as phones, IPods, MP3 player, radios, CD player, laser

    pointers, games and pagers are not allowed out in the classroom.

     

    Cell Phones

    • Can be used before and after school. If picked up during school hours the phone will be turned into the front office. A parent will be needed to pick the phone up and a charge will be assessed for each offense.

     

     

    IPODS

    • Are not allowed on campus at any time. If they are picked up the IPOD will be turned in to the front office.

     

     

    2. Food items or beverages must not be out in the classroom. If I see them, I get

    them especially chocolate chip cookies!

     

    3. Restroom privileges will not be given during the first or last15 minutes of class. When

    the privilege is granted, the student must carry the designated class card to and from

    the restroom. Students must also fill in out the log-out sheet with time left and time

    returned. A hall pass will be needed. Please wash your hands.

     

    4. Nurse passes will be given for illnesses and not restroom or water breaks.

     

    5. Backpacks are certainly permitted in the classroom but must be kept under the desk

    during the class period.

     

    6. When entering the classroom take your assigned seat and start working on the daily

    objectives and warm-ups.

     

     

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    Makeup Policy for Exams and assignments:

     

    Makeup exams will be taken within 2 days of the students return and will be scheduled before or after school. Students are responsible for getting homework assignments for the days they are absent.

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    August 24, 2015

     

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

     

    The previous information is my expectations for your child during the 2015-2016 school year. It is my hope that you will read this information and discuss it with your student.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Mr. Johnson

     

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    Parents/Guardians and students:

     

    Please read the following information and sign below. This sheet must be returned tomorrow. The attached pages should stay in the student’s folder for this class.

     

     

    Parents/Guardians:

     

    I, _________________________________________, the parent/guardian of

    _________________________________________ have read the policies and procedures for Mr. Johnson’s Sociology class for the 2015 – 2016 school year with my student and understand what will be expected of him/her.

     

    Signed ______________________________ Date ________________

     

    Students:

     

    I, _________________________________________, have read the policies and procedures for Mr. Johnson’s Sociology class for the 2015 – 2016 school year and understand what will be expected of me.

     

     

    Signed ______________________________ Date ________________

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  • Syllabus - World Geography

    East Central High School

    2015–2016 Classroom Syllabus

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    Instructor: Mr. Jeffrey D. Johnson

    Course: Pre-AP World Geography

    Office: Room – 2135

    Appointments: Before & after school

    Email: jeffrey.johnson@ecisd.net

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    Course Overview:

     

    The overview of this course will be to explore the world through the 5 themes of geography.

     

    These themes; location of a place, character of a place, comparison of place, how people, goods and ideas move between places and how people interact with the natural environment of a place will give the student a global perspective of our ever-changing world. We will challenge your students to think in complex ways and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired to perplexing unknowns.

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    Course Scope:

     

    The scope of this course is to provide the student with a solid foundation of our world. The student will be able to compare and contrast people, places and things.

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    Course Sequence:

     

    1st Nine weeks – Geography skills, mapping, Freedom Week, internal earth, external

    earth, weather and climate.

     

    2nd Nine weeks – Profiles of the United States, Canada, Latin America, Western Europe.

     

    3rd Nine weeks – Profiles of Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East (NASWA), Africa.

     

    4th Nine weeks – Profiles of South Asia to include Japan, China, Korea and

    Antarctica.

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    Required Materials:

     

    • Textbook – World Geography – Texas Edition There will be a classroom copy for the student's to use and there will be electronic/online access.

    • Spiral notebook (with pockets) to be kept in the classroom.

    • Writing utensils (pens, pencils), pencil sharpener, color mapping pencils, a fine point black sharpie and a spiral notebook that can be left in the room. The student is responsible for being prepared for each class. Pencils, pens and paper are not provided.

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    Grading Policy:

     

    This class will be graded on a point system. Each exam, quiz, homework, current event, and group activities will be given a point value and percentage score. The grading scale is as follows.

     

    90 - 100 = A

    80 – 89 = B

    75 – 79 = C

    70 – 74 = D

    0 – 69 = F

     

    Grade Breakdown

     

    40 % - Exams and quarterly project

    40% - Group activities, homework, current events and class work

    20% - Quizzes

     

    • Exams – there will be at least three exams given throughout each nine weeks.

     

    • Quizzes – Quizzes will be given at any time. These quizzes may cover any assignments or lectures and can be given any day of the week without previous notice.

     

    • Group Activities – Students will be graded on group activities based on content of material and participation in the classroom.

     

    • Assignments - most are due the class period they are assigned. There are occasions when an extended assignment is given. The student is responsible for turning the assignment in and on time. An ‘In Box’ will be provided for student work. Late work will be handled in compliance with EC District policy.

     

    Tutorials:

     

    Tutoring will be provided on Tuesdays from 4:20 p.m. - 4;40 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Please inform the teacher(s) as soon as possible so that they can have the appropriate resources on-hand.

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    Class Expectations:

     

    1. Be Safe

    • Ask to leave the room

    • Act right

    • Be courteous and polite

    1. Be Responsible

    • Work hard

    • Do your best

    • Ask for help

    1. Be Respectful

    • Help and share

    • Listen to speaker

    • Take turns

     

     

    *** Consequences to violation of these rules include ***

     

    1. Warning / detention

    2. Call to parents

    3. Parent Conference

    4. Referral to Principal

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    Other Policies and Procedures:

     

    1. This classroom will be provided with Ipads that will be used by the students during

    class time only. Ipads may not be taken home. Since this classroom will have its

    Electronic devices provided, phones, IPods, MP3 player, radios, CD players, laser

    pointers, games and pagers are not allowed out in the classroom.

     

    As students become part of the global community through this Ipad technology, they will be held to the highest standards for technology use as set forth in the Student Handbook.

     

    Please refer to the Student Handbook 2015-2016 under the section Technology Use (pages 49-52).

     

    1. Food items or beverages must not be out in the classroom. If I see them, I get them

    especially chocolate chip cookies!

     

    2. Restroom privileges - It is RARE to get a restroom pass. Please take care of these

    things during the passing periods.

     

    3. Nurse passes will be given for illnesses - not restroom or water breaks.

     

    4. Backpacks are certainly permitted in the classroom but must be kept under the desk

    during the class period.

     

    5. When entering the classroom take your assigned seat and start working on the

    Learning Target and Daily Writing Assignment.

     

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    Makeup Policy for Exams and assignments:

     

    Make-up exams will be taken within 4 days of the students return and have attended one scheduled tutoring session. Students are responsible for getting homework assignments for the days they are absent. Students will be excused from classroom group activities on days they are absent.

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    August 24, 2015

     

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

     

    The previous information is my expectations for your child during the 2015-2016 school year. It is my hope that you will read this information and discuss it with your student.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Mr. Johnson

    ____________________________________________________________

     

    Parents/Guardians and students:

     

    Please read the following information and sign below. This sheet must be returned tomorrow. The attached pages should stay in the student’s folder for this class.

     

     

    Parent/Guardian:

     

    I, _________________________________________, the parent/guardian of

    _________________________________________ have read the policies and procedures and Technology Use for Mr. Johnson’s Pre-AP World Geography class for the 2015–2016 school year with my student and understand what will be expected of him/her.

     

    Signed ______________________________ Date ________________

     

    Student:

     

    I, _________________________________________, have read the policies and procedures and Technology Use for Mr. Johnson’s Pre-AP World Geography class for the 2015–2016 school year and understand what will be expected of me.

     

     

    Signed ______________________________ Date ________________

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