Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Terence N, Burke
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Welcome to 7th grade Social Studies
A study of the world from 1400 to the present.
This is my 10th year at Rverwood Middle.
Previously, I taught five years at Smithfield Middle, so this is my 15th in Johnston County.
I received my BA in History from Elon University and subsequently attended Barton College for my teaching education courses.
I married my beautiful wife Melissa on 9/11 1999, so we are coming up on our 20th Anniversry.
My wife's (Clayton High alum) family is from Clayton, so I have deep roots and relatives all around the area.
I am originally from Virginia Beach, Va. We also lived in a rustic log cabin surrouded by mountains and trout streams in Boone, NC
I really love history and current events, and look forward to opening up your child's eyes to the world around them.
I passionately believe that a strong foundation in social studies is essential in helping our children to become productive adults wherever their life takes them.
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Each assignment will count as the following percentages of your overall grade.
Tests and Projects: 50%
Homework: Will be reflected in the assessment scores (see below).
End of Year Exam (EOY) counts as 15% of final grade for this year. This is JCS policy.
There will be three lesson quizzes before each chapter test. Approximately every 2.5 days there will be an assessment. per quarter.
Students will create study guides for each lesson. Study guides are expected to be taken home to review and for the parent/guardian to sign as acknowledgement that their child has reviewed the material.
This review is homework, and is essential for academic success.
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It cannot be said enough - STUDYING IS CRITICAL TO A STUDENTS SUCCESS! Students must study every night - at least Monday through Thursday (some Sundays). Think about it, teachers only see their students for 180 days - that's around 180 hours for an entire school year. That is only equivalent to 7.5 twenty-four hour days. Or 18 ten-hour days. Or 36 five-hour days. When you realize that there are 365 days in a year - or 8,760 hours - it helps put the idea of needing the extra time to study and remember needed concepts into perspective. Study techniques taught in middle school are building blocks for high school and college. Starting good study habits now will help you later in life. It does take more effort to study and to become organized; however, academic success will make you feel good about yourself and your parents smile.
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Seventh Grade Social Studies
Mr. Terence Burke
Dear Students and Parents,
Welcome to Seventh Grade Social Studies! I am excited about the start of the new year and look forward to the opportunity to work with you. I hope that together we can make this an excellent experience for all.
This course will cover the history, geography, governments, and economies of the world from the Age of Exploration (1400) to contemporary times.
Students will be required to complete all assignments on time and come to class prepared each day. I encourage daily discussion and students are expected to express their opinions and to share their knowledge. Students are also expected to follow the established class rules so I do not waste valuable time dealing with behavior problems.
In covering the class requirements, students will learn about cultures, religions, people, and places that they may not have been exposed to previously. Students are expected to be respectful of these differences.
Tests/Projects (50% of grade)
Chapter tests will be given throughout the year. Students will be given various projects throughout the school year.
Quizzes (30% of grade)
Quizzes will be given throughout the year. Quizzes will occur approximately every 2.5 days.
(20% of grade)
Students will have daily class work that will include creating maps, study guides, note taking, and discussion involving course material.
Homework is generally limited to studying for tests and quizzes, but may include approximately one other assignment per week. However, I would like to point out that I do expect all of my students to nightly review the material that was covered in class that day. I want to strongly emphasize that reviewing the material on a nightly basis is essential to achieving success in this course. This daily studying is considered homework! I expect all students come to class prepared and ready to participate.
Policy for Missed Work
Students have the responsibility to be at school and to make up work missed during time of any absence. I follow the county policy of two days to make-up work for every day of absence. It is the pupil’s responsibility to schedule a convenient make-up time. If you go out of town, or absent for any reason, I will expect you to be checking my site.
If you have any questions or concerns this year, please contact me at 359-2769. My school e-mail is: email@example.com . I look forward to working with you during the coming year!
Terence N. Burke
I have read and understand this document ______________________________
( parent signature)
I have read and understand this document_____________________________
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________SUPPLY LIST IS IN FILES!!!!!!!!
WEEEKLY AGENDA for 2019-20
IMPORTANT!! NOTES IN FILES ARE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. FOR THIS WEEK'S MAP AND NOTES, LOOK UNDER GEOGRAPHY!!!!!!! Please focus on the current week! Do not jump ahead as future weeks are not confirmed and are subject to great change!
Week of 8/26-30:
M: Day One Orientation/HW-Have parent read and sign syllabus,please return bottom portion
T: World Map/HW-study map (MAP is posted in files)
W-latitude and longitude/HW-study map and all notes (Geography NOTES are posted in files)
Th: Geography activity/HW-same as above
F: Chromebook Practice for Tuesday/HW- study for Tuesday's Test
WEEK Of 9/3-6:
T: Geography Quiz
W: Renaissance Intro. reading /ppt./HW-study notes (notes and ppt are active in files!!)
Week of 9/9-13:
M: Finish Ren. Intro & Begin Ren. People/HW-study notes QUIZ ON INTRO. this Wednesday!!!!
T: Renaissance People/HW: study notes Renaissance Important People notes are in Files!!!!!!!!!!
W: Intro. Quiz
Th: DaVinci & Invention rough draft/HW: finish rough draft & study notes Invention Rough Draft Instructions are in Files!!!!!! DaVici notes are in files!!!!!!!!
F: Invention of the Future project
Week of 9/16-20
M: Finish Renaissance Inventions/HW-study notes ASSESSMENT ON RENAISSANCE FRIDAY!!
T: Renaissance Politics, Economics, Social Structure/HW-Study notes** Today's notes are active in files!!!!
Below is a link to a Renaissance Review Game!!
W: Finish Renaissance/HW-study notes
F: Renaissance Assessment
WEEK of 9/23-27:
M: Reformation Crossword & Intro./HW-study notes
T: Reformation PPT./HW-study notes
W: Reformation & Counter-Reformation/HW-study notes
TH: Work on study guides/HW-Study notes
F: Junior Scholastic Reading Article Analysis/HW-study notes
Week of 9/30-10/4:**Assessment this Thursday!! Reformation & Counter Reformation notes are in files!! Study Guide is also in files!! Below is a link for a Jeopardy Review Game!!
Here is another:
M: Finish Counter Reformation/HW-study notes
T: Refomation Flyer/HW-study notes
W: Review/HW-study for tomorrow's assessment
TH: Reformation Assessment
F: Begin Age of Exploration
WEEK OF 10/7-10/11:
M: Discovery ED Biography
T: Finish AoE Intro Notes (ACTIVE IN FILES!!!!!!)/HW-study notes Quiz Thursday
W: AoE 3 G's/Study Notes (ACTIVE IN FILES!!!!!)
TH: AoE Intro Quiz-AoE 3 G's/HW-Study Notes
F: Individual Explorers/HW-study notes
M: Finish AoE Explore's Bio's (Active in files!!)/HW-study notes 3 G's Quiz Wednesday!!!!
T: Guns, Germs, and Steel/HW-study Notes
W: 3 G's Quiz/HW-study notes
TH: Transatalntic Slave Trade Reading and notes (Q's)(ACTIVE IN FILES)/HW-study notes
F: Transatlantic Slave Trade
STUDY GUIDE IS ACTIVE IN FILES AoE UNIT TEST WII BE THIS THRSDAY!! STUDY GUIDES WILL BE COLLECTED FOR A GRADE!!!!!
10/21-10/25: ALL TEACHER"S COPY OF NOTES ARE ACTIVE IN FILES!!
M: Finish Slavery and St. John Slave Revolt Activity/HW-study for Thurday's Test
T: Effects of AoE (NOTES ARE ACTIVE) and Study Guide/HW-study for test Below are 3 links for Jeopardy Review Games:
W: Review/HW-study for test
TH: AoE Test
F: Begin Age of Absolutism/HW-study notes
__________________________________________________________Week of 10/28-11/1:MAP QUIZ is FRIDAY!! Map is in files under AoA Map
M:Age of Absolutism Reading and Map/HW-study map
T: AoA Intro Notes/HW-study map & notes
W: AoA Terms/HW-study map & notes
TH: AoA Countries/HW-study map & notes
F: AoA Countries & Map quiz/HW-study notes
__________________________________________________________!11/4-11/8:ALL AoA Teacher notes and study guide are active in files!!
Assessment IS THURSDAY!!
M:AoA countries/HW-study terms quiz is tomorrow!
T: Quiz and England and France/HW-study notes REMEMBER STUDY GUIDES ARE DUE THURSDAY!!!!
W: Review/HW-study for Assessment!!!
F: Scientific Revolution/HW: study notes
Week of 11/12-16:
M: Veteran's Day
T: Scientific Revolution
W: Jr. Scholastic
TH: Scientific Revolution/HW-study notes
F: SR/HW-study notes**Notes are active in files!!