8-711 Middle School History

Mr. McCaffrey

Middle School History Room 711

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Middle School

Why History is Important

World History Syllabus


To many students History is a class in which they have to learn about people who are dead and whose accomplishments have long been forgotten. Each year students ask “Why do we need to study history?” or “How is this class going to help me today or in the future?” these questions are important for the students to ask and they are questions that need to be answered so students will feel invested in their education.

So why do we study history?  Why are these people, accomplishments, and events important to me even though they happened long long ago? History has a number of different reasons on why it is important to know/learn/and study, some of this revolves around the memorization of names, dates, and places but it does not end there!  Learning history teaches us how and why our world is the way it is.  It teaches us tolerance, respect, and appreciation for past peoples, for different cultures, and other areas of the world!  It also gives us very important skills that we will use every single day for the rest of our lives (see below)!

What will I be doing in World History?

Throughout the year in World History we will be working on, practicing, and improving on important skills that the students will need in high school as well as work beyond their educational career

  • Critically analyzing and interpreting written sources to understand their meaning
  • Synthesizing or combining information from multiple sources, to come to a single meaning
  • Creating and clearly writing a argument or thesis
  • Prove an argument or thesis using evidence to support your argument
  • Be able to clearly organize and communicate your thoughts and ideas in writing or verbally
  • Be able to establish and understand cause and effect
  • Be able to effectively compare and contrast


What should I know by the end of the year?

By the end of the school year each student should be able to:

  • Be able to provide a rough chronological outline of world history
  • Identify the key cultures, civilizations, events, and people that have influenced/impacted history and human society
  • Understand how the main themes of the course have shaped and continue to shape the world


What are the Main Themes of World History?

  1. Interaction of Humans and the Environment
    1. How do the resources, climate, location, and geography of a society impact history?
    2. How have farming, disease, industrialization, and globalization impacted global population levels?
    3. How has the environment shaped where we live and settlement patterns?
    4. How has migration impacted human history both in the past and today?
  1. Economic and Labor Systems
    1. How have economic and trade systems functioned and impacted history?
    2. What types of labor systems have humans utilized?
  1. Development and Interaction of Cultures
    1. What are the beliefs of the world’s religions and how have they shaped human societies and history
    2. How has our own Catholic faith shaped, guided, and influenced history
    3. How are cultures developed and spread and how do they shape history
    4. What major philosophies and ideas have shaped human history
  1. Government and State Building
    1. What types of government systems and organizations have humans used?
    2. How has warfare and conquest impacted human history?
    3. How have revolutions, nationalism, and globalization changed politics?
  1. Social Organization
    1. What are the ways that human societies organize social classes and hierarchies?
    2. What are the various ways that humans have organized gender roles?
    3. How have the ideas of race and ethnicity changed and developed over time?
  1. Development and Spread of Technology
    1. How has the development and spread of new technologies changed how humans live?


Course Description:

6th Grade – Students will study Ancient Civilizations!  This class will begin with prehistory and continue their journey through the Greeks, the rise of Christianity, as well as developments in China, Japan, Russia, Europe, and Africa!

7th Grade – Students will focus on World History which opens with the coming and birth of Christ and moves through medieval Christendom and ending in the 18th century and the Enlightenment projects.

8th Grade – .Students in 8th grade will pick up where the 7th grade left off!  Students will review the Age of Enlightenment to our modern age.  The class with research and learn how modern ideas, institutions, and culture have developed from the high centuries of Christian culture.

Dear Parents,

Assignments and grades will be posted on Educate (formerly Cornerstone) weekly.  If you wish to view test dates, project due dates, etc… please use the link provided below.  A students education is a shared responsibility between teacher, student, and parents…


General Rules for Student Behavior

  1. Be Respectful of yourself and others
  2. Follow Instructions
  3. Have necessary materials
  4. Always do your best

If students should not follow classroom rules, consequences will be given to the student(s) based on situation and is at the discretion of the teacher.  If a detention or other major consequence is given to a student(s), the parents of that student will be contacted that day.  If any ongoing issues arise in the classroom parents will also be informed.

Communication with Parents

Parents will be contact in one of many ways.

  • Assignments and Grades will be posted Weekly in Cornerstone
  • Teacher Website will be updated with any major events of the school
  • Parents will receive emails one or more times a month about missing assignments
  • Parents will be contacted via email or phone for behavior issues in the classroom
  • Parents will be contacted via email or phone for positive notes observed in the classroom


Students are expected to come prepared to work.  Supplies needed in class everyday:

  • Textbook
  • Notebook
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Assignment Notebook
  • Assigned Homework


Is assigned to help students be prepared for class and is to be considered important to the learning.  Homework is to be completed on time or the student will not be prepared for class and will be at a disadvantage during class discussions and activities.  Homework will be assigned regularly.  Late work will be accepted, but at a reduced grade. Incomplete and/or Late Assignment will drop one letter grade each day until it is turned in.


Student’s grades will be based on total points and will not be weighted in any way. Students will be allowed one and only one retake per test.  Students will receive the best score of the two tests. Student’s grades will be determined by the following

  • Being Prepared for Class
  • Chapter Tests
  • Daily Homework
  • Minor/Major Projects
  • In Class and Note Taking Participation

 Student Success

Epiphany Catholic School is dedicated to the forming of students as Saints and Citizens!  With the emphasis of Classical, Liberal Arts Curriculum we will develop the full person which will allow them to engage in worldly affairs with wisdom and virtue.

This task cannot be done on our own!  The success of a student’s education must come from the dedication and cooperation of three individuals, the Primary Educator (the parent), the Student, and the Classroom Teacher!  Each of these people have responsibilities for educational success!


  • Carefully plan and organize homework assignments in accordance with time length guidelines.
  • Assign homework consistent with the needs and abilities of students.
  • Make clear to students at the time of the assignment the purposes of homework, the guidelines or rules, and the basis for evaluating the work performed.
  • Monitor and check for student understanding of the assignment and skills necessary to successfully complete the homework.
  • Review, acknowledge and return homework in a timely manner.
  • Utilize homework to locate problems in student progress and to individualize instruction.
  • Confer with parents regarding concerns as they arise.
  • Work with other teachers to develop a consistent pattern for homework expectations between and across grade levels, disciplines and courses.


  • Provide encouragement and support and show interest in your child’s work.
  • Assist students to develop good study habits by providing a comfortable, well-lit area free from distractions.
  • Evaluate your child’s activities to be sure they have sufficient time to study and participate in family or outside activities.
  • Schedule a regular time for homework completion. Monitor homework completion and the efficient use of time.
  • Encourage students to complete their own homework, unless otherwise specified.
  • Confer with teachers regarding homework concerns and review student’s planner.
  • Acknowledge responsible homework habits and effort.
  • Contact teachers for homework on student extended absences from school


  • Understand the homework assignment(s) before leaving school.
  • Take home all necessary materials to complete assignment(s).
  • Schedule and organize time for homework that is compatible with family and/or after school activities.
  • Schedule time free from distractions.
  • Complete and return homework on time.
  • Confer with teacher(s) regarding homework concerns.
  • Record assignments in Assignment Notebook.
  • Collect and turn in all work missed during absence from school.


Grade Calculation:

A+ 97 – 100%

A   94 – 96.99%

A-  90 – 93.99%

B+ 87 – 89.99%

B   84 – 86.99%

B-  80 – 83.99%

C+  77 – 79.99%

C   74 – 76.99%

C-  70 – 73.99%

D+  67 – 69.99%

D   64.00 – 66.99%

D-  60 – 63.99%

F  59.99% and below


  1. Epiphany School : January 15, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    This page has been updated 1/13/2018

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