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Thompson K-8 International Academy

International Baccalaureate World School

MYP Individuals and Society / U.S. History Year 3 (8
Course Overview for Ms. Rankin (Mentoring Teacher) & Ms. Anthony (MSU Internship Teacher)
Prep Time: 2:18-3:15 Email: dawn.rankin@southfieldk12.org & anthon75@msu.edu
Room# 211

The Thompson K-8 International Academy community strives to empower students to be ethical, lifelong learners in a
diverse world.
I.B. Course Aims
The aims of the teaching and study of humanities are to encourage and enable the student to develop:
An appreciation for the range of human and environmental commonalities and diversities
An understanding of interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies and environments in
different contexts
Understand how both environmental and human systems can operate and evolve over time
Identify and develop a concern for human and environmental well-being
Act upon opportunities to be a responsible global citizen
Develop effective inquiry skills to achieve conceptual understanding in humanities
Course Description
The purpose of this course is to increase the students understanding of the development of the United States of
America as a democratic nation. The course is organized chronologically. Students will study the early history of
the United States through the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. Special attention is placed on the
struggle for liberty and the development of democracy under a republican form of government. This course is
designed to enable and equip students to utilize the necessary skills to:
o Analyze democratic ideas in history and their role in the development of the United States of America.
o Trace the immigration and migration patterns within the United States as it relates to push pull
o Interpret the present and past effects of the United States economic, political, and judicial decisions
have/had on the Americans and the global society.
o Evaluate the positive and negative consequences of the expansion of the United States of America.
o Understand and analyze the nature of citizenship and government over time as an American,
Europeans, African, and Latino, Arabic, and Native American people.
I.B. Objectives and Assessment
Teachers will use MYP assessment criteria by which they can assess the students level of achievement in the
learning aims listed above and in the objectives listed below.
Criterion A Knowing and Understanding Maximum of 8 points
Criterion B Investigating Maximum of 8 points
Criterion C Communicating Maximum of 8 points
Criterion D Thinking Critically Maximum of 8 points
A. Knowing and Understanding
Use of arrange of terminology in context
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of subject specific content and concepts, through
descriptions, explanations and examples
B. Investigating
Formulate / choose a clear and focused research question, explaining its relevance
Formulate and follow an action plan to investigate a research question
Use methods to collect and record relevant information
Evaluate the process and results of the investigation, with guidance
C. Communicating
Communicate information and ideas in a way that is appropriate for the audience and purpose
Structure information and ideas according to the task instructions
Create a list of reference list and site sources of information
D. Thinking Critically
Analyze concepts, issues, models visual representation and/or theories
Summarize information to make valid, well support arguments
Analyze a range of source/data in terms of origin and purpose, recognizing values and limitations
Recognize different perspectives and explain their implication

Grading Policy: ______________________________________________________________________
Each classwork or homework assignment is worth 100 points. Quizzes are worth 200 points. Assessments are
worth 300 points. Every assignment, quiz, and assessment is requires effort and preparation. Assignments are
expected to be completed in a timely fashion and will be graded and returned in the same manner. In the event
that an assignment, quiz or assessment is not submitted for a grade, a zero will be given.
Absence /Make up Policy: _____________________________________________________________
Students have the responsibility of checking their hourly folder for missed work or notes in the event of an
absence. Ms. Rankin will ensure that a copy of all handouts, notes, or assignments will be placed in the folder
and clearly labeled with the students name. All missed work due to an absence should be returned in the equal
number of days as the absence. Special arrangements need to be negotiated between the student, teacher, and
parent(s) if more time is necessary.
Classroom Requirements______________________________________________________________
Students are responsible for being on time and bringing required assignments, planners, and writing utensils. It
is the students responsibility to run errands, go to the restroom, and to their lockers during the appropriate
passing times. Passes will be given in the event of an emergency to students that have their planners. Paper
passes are prohibited.
Behavior Policy: ____________________________________-________________________________
Students should tell the truth when asked a question. Students should respect themselves and extend respect to
their classmates, staff, personal and school property, and visitors. The Reminder System will be used to maintain
academic focus. Phone calls home, referrals to the Main Office, detentions and suspensions may be the end
result of inappropriate behavior(s) or response(s). Students may pull from the Box of Misfortunes in lieu of a
Reminder 3 (Main Office referral). The Box of Misfortune is student written and driven punishments for
inappropriate behaviors. The Box of Fortunes is also student written and driven rewards for positive behavior(s).
Textbook Policy: _____________________________________________________________________
Every student will be granted access to a brand new textbook during class. Students will also have access to the
electronic textbook outside of the classroom. Textbooks should not be removed from the classroom without the
written approval of Ms. Rankin. If a student loses a textbook, the replacement cost is $60.00. If the textbook is
returned in a condition that requires that the book be rebound, the fee is $10.00.
Promotion Policy: ___________________________________________________________________
All students must maintain a cumulative grade point of .66 or D- to participate in promotion in every academic
class. Students that fall below a .66 or D- will not be permitted to participate in promotion, Cedar Point field
trip, Dinner Dance, nor any other student activities deemed as end of the year activities.
Teacher Communication: ______________________________________________________________
Ms. Rankin will post graded assignments on Zangle by the end of week (Friday). Additionally, she will post a
copy of her grade book in the classroom at least once a week to keep student informed of their grades and
maintain accurate records. Ms. Rankin will also keep an updated website where assignments, deadlines,
calendars, and other pertinent information will be available for parents and students. Email is the best way to
maintain contact and to ensure a speedy response. Thank you in advance!
Emergency Evacuations and Drills: _____________________________________________________
Everyone will be silent and listen for directions during an emergency or practice drill. In the event of a fire, the
doors and windows will be closed and locked. The class will exit the second floor using the stairwell (west)
closest to the gym and exit the building through the doors beneath the stairs. In the event of a lockdown or
intruder, the doors and windows locked and the shades will be drawn. The room will remain silent and still
during an emergency. In the event of a tornado, the class will use the west stairwell to reach the 1
floor and
take cover in the girls restroom near the Tigers Den (Media Center / Library). It is imperative that we adhere to
these policies and procedures to ensure the safety of our class and the building.
Cheating: ___________________________________________________________________________
Students that are caught cheating on an assignment, including copying will receive a zero on the assignment,
quiz, or assessment. If there is a suspicion of cheating, Ms. Rankin will give a general warning like Keep your
eyes on your own paper. Ms. Rankin will call home to inform the parent of the occurrence of cheating.

2014 -15 Amendments to the 8
Grade Classroom Compact
Hall Pass Policy: _____________________________________________________________________
Only students that have their planners will be allowed to receive a pass. The teacher will not write a paper pass. The
teacher will not write a pass in the middle of direct instruction. The students planner must be filled out in order to get
a pass. Students that abuse the privilege will not be allowed to leave the room. In the event of an emergency (write
911 for a teen emergency), Ms. Rankin will write a pass in the Classroom Emergency planner.
Movement: _________________________________________________________________________
During direct instruction students should remain seated and ask to move about the classroom. During non-
instructional times students should use their best judgment. Student movement should not interfere with the learning
environment. Please Use the back row when moving about the room.
Computer Usage: ____________________________________________________________________
Students may use the computer and iPads in the classroom with permission from the teacher. Students must adhere to
the district / school acceptable technology use policy. No food or drink will be permitted while a student uses any
technology. Students will have the responsibility of logging off and shutting down the computer after their use. Lost
flash drives and other computer items will be given to the teacher(s).
Lost and Found: _____________________________________________________________________
All items left in our classroom will be placed in the class in the Lost and Found bin. At the end of the week all items will
be placed in the building Lost and Found. The Lost and Found bin is a clear box and is located under the window in
room 211. Students are encouraged to leave a note on the white board if they find an item in the classroom.
Learning Lunch: ____________________________________________________________________
All students may participate in Learning Lunch opportunities on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If a student has
a missing assignment(s), a Learning Lunch pass will be issued. The expectation is that the student will attend with the
intention of completing the assignment(s). Failure to attend will result in a lost opportunity to raise a grade.
Attendance will be taken during Learning Lunch.
Use of Classroom Materials: ___________________________________________________________
Students may use the items on the Student Resource bookcase. Please return items to their proper space to ensure
cleanliness and the opportunity that they may be used again.
Planners: ___________________________________________________________________________________
Students will write daily in their planners from the agenda that is posted on the Smart board. If a student is absent
they should check the website or the daily agenda for the missed lesson. Their hourly folder will hold all hard copied
assignment(s) during their absence.
Copies of Assignments: _______________________________________________________________
Students need to be respectful and responsible for the copied assignments. Being a good steward of our stretched
resources demonstrates caring. Students should put their name on their assignments. Students that need additional
copies can bring in copy paper for additional copies or the teacher will email or post the assignment if it is possible.
Eating in Class: ______________________________________________________________________
Students may eat in class if the room remains clean and consumption does not impede upon the academic
environment. A healthy choice for snacks and beverages is strongly encouraged. Food or drinks may not be consumed
in the hallway. All drinks must be in a plastic container. Students are responsible for keeping their work space clean
from debris. Cleaning materials can be found on the Student Resource bookcase.
Accessing the Tigers Den / Media Center: _______________________________________________
Students must have a planner and proof of the assignment that requires a trip to the Tigers Den. The Tigers Den is
closed on Tuesdays for PYP specials. Students that choose to go to the Den will be held responsible for the lesson
and/ or assignment missed during their class. Students will strictly adhere to the SPS Code of Conduct. MYP students
will be helpful to the PYP students, teachers, and the Media Specialist while in the Tigers Den.
Passes to see the Principals, Counselor, Social Worker or Security: ___________________________
If a student asks for a pass to speak to a principal, counselor, social worker, or security one will be granted.
Use of a Cellphone in the Classroom: ___________________________________________________
Students must ask permission before using a cellphone. Students must ask permission to charge a cellphone in the
classroom and only use the back wall (East) of the classroom. Students may listen to music with ear buds or
headphones if Ms. Rankin has given permission. The volume should not interfere with the concentration of the others
in our learning community.
Bully or Bully like Behavior in the Learning Community: ___________________________________
Bully behavior will not be tolerated at Thompson K-8 International Academy. If a student observes or feels intimated
verbally or physically, pressured, or ridiculed on campus or not (including social media) a staff member (teacher,
administrator, counselor, secretary, security, custodian, social worker, noon aide, or a para professional) must be told
immediate. It is our mission to maintain a peaceful and nurturing environment where students and their families

An Example of the International Baccalaureate Point Conversion
to Traditional Grading System for Summative Assessments

I.B. Achievement
Point Values
Letter Grade
Point and Grade Level Descriptors for Criterion A:
Knowing and Understanding
0 F The student does not reach a standard described by all of the descriptors
1 D- The student:
o makes a limited attempt to use some relevant terminology
o Demonstrates a very basic knowledge and understanding of
content and concepts through some descriptions and /or
2 D+ The student:
o makes an attempt to use some relevant terminology
o Demonstrates a basic knowledge and understanding of content
and concepts through some descriptions and /or examples
3 C- The student:
o uses some terminology appropriately
o Demonstrates some knowledge and understanding of content and
concepts through some descriptions and /or examples.
4 C+ The student:
o Uses terminology appropriately.
o Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of content and
concepts through some descriptions and /or examples.
5 B- The student:
o uses some relevant terminology accurately
o Demonstrates good knowledge and understanding of content and
concepts through some descriptions and /or examples.
6 B+ The student:
o Uses relevant terminology accurately.
o Demonstrates better knowledge and understanding of content
and concepts through some descriptions, explanations and
7 A- The student:
o Uses a range of humanities terminology accurately and
o Demonstrates detailed knowledge and understanding of content
and concepts thorough descriptions, explanations and examples.
8 A The student:
o Uses all of the humanities terminology accurately and
o Demonstrates a number of detailed knowledge and understanding
of content and concepts thorough descriptions, explanations and

International Baccalaureate Units Plans for Individuals and Societies Year 3 -
Ms. Rankin
Unit and Time Period Unit Title and Unit
Area of Interaction Significant Concept Possible Assessment
MYP Objectives addressed
(Students will be able to)
and community

2 Weeks
Teach Me How To Teach

How do we learn
individually and as a
group of learners in
this community?
Community and

Creating a
community starts
with knowing and
honoring ourselves
and each other.

Pre- Assessment

Individual Bricks for
the Hallway

Personal Instructional

Humanities Classroom

Organization and Presentations



Team work


Thinking Critically

Colonies to

Chapters 4 6

3 Weeks
The Road to Revolution

America, Whos Your
Approaches to
Global Interactions

Conflicts can
force a compromise
or a change.
King of the M & Ms
Simulation Reflection

Reflections: America,
Whos Your Daddy?

Unit Exam

Thinking Critically

Convention and
the Constitution

Chapters 7 9
including the

The Birth of a Nation

Does having a system
keep the peace
Human Ingenuity Systems

Systems are
created to keep
Quarterly Exam


Chapter Assessments

Compare and Contrast
Essay of the

Debate simulation
from the Constitutional
Knowing and Understanding



Revolution to

Chapters 10 -

10 weeks
Westward Expansion

Finders Keepers
Losers Weepers?
Environment Time, place and space

There is a price to
be paid for all
Chapter Assessments

Historical Theme Parks
of the Westward


Quarterly Exam
Knowing and Understanding




Thinking Critically

Pre-Civil War to
A Nation Breaking

OuchDid that leave
Health and Social

Problems can be
solved by examining
Chapter Assessments

Historical Dairies

Knowing and Understanding

Chapters 15 -20

10 Weeks
a mark? the past.

Final Exam
Thinking Critically

Thompson K-8 International Academy
International Baccalaureate World School
Middle Years Program Year 3 (8
Individuals and Societies / U.S. History Ms. Rankin & Ms. Anthony
Prep Time: 2:18 -3:15 Email: dawn.rankin@southfieldk12.org anthon75@msu.edu
Room# 211

Historical Fiction Movie Parent Permission Slip for the 2014-15

I hereby give permission for my child/ward ____________________________________ to
participate in the viewing of the following movies in Individuals and Society
year 3 / United States history or in African American History during the
duration of the 2014--15 school years:
1. The American Revolution
2. Zero Dark Thirty
3. Roots
4. The Patriot
5. John Adams
6. Jefferson in Paris
7. Amistad
8. Uncle Toms Cabin
9. Glory
10.12 Years a Slave
The movies chosen by Ms. Rankin are of historical content and will help
the students that are visual learners see history come alive. All of movies
will have discussion moments and discussion questions as a component to
the viewing. These assignments will be graded and counted as part of the
curriculum. The signature of one parent/guardian implies the
acknowledgement and consent of the other parent/guardian.
______________________________________ _____________________

Parent Signature Date

Thompson K-8 International Academy
International Baccalaureate World School
Middle Years Program- Year 3 (8
Individuals and Societies Student Contact Sheet

Student: _________________________________________________________________________________________
Address: _________________________________________________________________________________________
Student Home #: _________________________________ Cell Phone #: ______________________________
Student Email Address: __________________________________________________________________________
Locker#: _____________________ Combination#: ___________________ OPTIONAL ( but you might forget)
Bus Route # _______________________ Walk__________________ Ride____________________
Birthday: _____________________________Allergies: _________________________________________________
Learning Style(s): ________________________________________________________________________________
Special Needs: __________________________________________________________________________________
Name of 2
Adult that Loves You: _______________________________________________________________
Phone #: _________________________________ Relationship: ______________________________________
Name of a staff member that has positive things to say about you________________________________
Textbook# __________________________







Thompson K-8 International Academy
International Baccalaureate World School
Middle Years Program Year 3 (8
Individuals and Societies Parent Contact Sheet

(Please complete this document and return it to school as soon as possible.)

Student: __________________________________________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Name: _____________________________________Relationship_____________________
Parent / Guardians Home / Cell Phone Number: ______________________________________________
Parent / Guardians Email Address: ____________________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Name: _____________________________________Relationship____________________
Parent / Guardians Home / Cell Phone Number: _____________________________________________
Parent / Guardians Email Address: ___________________________________________________________

Textbook # __________________ Condition__________________
My son/daughter and I have read the Classroom Compact and will adhere to the policies and
procedures that were created by the Class of 2015 along with Ms. Rankin and Ms. Anthony.

Students Signature: ___________________________ Date: ________________
Parent / Guardians Signature: _______________________ Date: ________________
Parent / Guardians Signature: ______________________ Date: ________________
Teachers Signature: Ms. Rankin Date: September 3, 2014
Interns Signature: Ms. Anthony Date: September 3, 2014
Additional Comment/ Questions:

Thompson K-8 International Academy
International Baccalaureate World School
Middle Years Program Year 3 (8
Individuals and Societies Suggested Supply List

Parents / Guardians,

This is my suggested supply list for the Individuals and Society (U.S. History) class this year. I want to
strongly encourage you and your child to get an email address for communications that I will be sending
and posting on our class website. In addition, email is the fastest mode of communication for me in the
classroom. Thank you for your support and I look forward to working with you and your child this year!
3 subject notebook or lined paper
4 folders or a 1.5 to 2 inch binder
Pens (Blue / Black) or pencils
Flash drive for e-assignments put your name on it a.s.a.p.!
Student email address
Ream of copy or lined paper, a box of tissue, hand sanitizer, paper towel and baby / Clorox
wipes These are welcomed items that we all use and I also purchase for the classroom. I call
these items The Common Good and give 100 extra credit points for an item per card
marking for one of these items. COMPLETELY OPTIONAL
Suggested supplies to be kept at home if possible:
2 Poster boards for projects
Pens or blue / black ink pens
Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
Access to the internet, computer, ink and printer
Dictionary and Thesaurus or an application on your childs smart phone
Lined paper or a notebook
A space to complete homework that is well lit, peaceful, and allows your student to concentrate
An email address to send assignments if your printer is on the fritz.