• 7th Grade Social Studies 2019 – 2020

    Course Syllabus

    Instructor:  Troy Nelson

    Contact:  troy.nelson@husd.org

    Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. by appointment

    Welcome students and parents to Seventh Grade Social Studies!  My name is Mr. Nelson and this year in Social Studies we will be covering a wide range of historical time periods in U.S. and World History. Our curriculum map for this year’s course has been developed from the Arizona Department of Education state standards.  If you ever have any questions regarding what we will be learning please do not hesitate to contact me.

    The textbook that we will be using in class on occasion is: U.S. History by Holt McDougal.

    Curriculum Map

    • Pre-Civil War (Events and factors leading up to the Civil War)
    • The Civil War & Reconstruction
    • Emergence of the modern U.S. (Immigration, Industrialization)
    • Age of Imperialism (The U.S. becoming a world power)
    • WWI
    • The Great Depression
    • WWII
    • Cold War
    • Age of Globalization

    Class Procedures and Policies

    • Come to class prepared (binder, pen/pencil, positive attitude, and be ready and willing to learn)
    • Be on time
    • Be in your seat and ready to begin when the bell rings
    • Participate

    Participation is a very important part of my class.  We will be discussing not only what happened but why it did and what the effects have been.  A student should be prepared to ask questions, offer observations, and provide opinions as appropriate.

    Class Behavior and Expectations

    • Respect others
    • Be prepared to learn
    • Follow instructions the first time given
    • Always do your best
    • Follow all classroom procedures
    • Do not talk when others are talking

    Classroom / School Discipline

    Students who do not follow the classroom or school rules will have consequences that range from being redirected by the teacher, lunch detention, or a referral to the office. Each classroom will use the Pyramid of Expectations regarding student behavior:



    Assignment Submission

    • Everyday assignments are to be hand written in pen or pencil. They should be neat, organized, and free of graffiti, doodling, etc.  Everyday assignments will not be accepted if they are computer generated unless prior permission has been given.

    Late Policy

    • Assignments will no longer be accepted once the unit that that assignment came from is over.


    • If a student is absent it is their responsibility to find out what work was done and to get it completed. The general guideline is how many days they were absent is how long they have to make up the work.

    Computer Expectations:

    • Computers will be used occasionally in class. Tampering with them or using it to view or do inappropriate things will be cause for them to lose their privilege of having access to the computer. In that case, they will be given an alternative assignment to complete.


    We are on a semester grading system here at Cooley. There will be tests at the end of each unit of study, and vocabulary quizzes within those units. All coursework will be graded on the traditional grading scale that is below.  The student’s final grade for the semester will be weighted the following: 75% tests/quizzes 15% formative assessments and 10% assignments. 

                       A  90 – 100              B  80 – 89         C  70 – 79         D  60 – 69          59 or below is failing

    Second Chance Learning

    • Students will have the opportunity to retake assessments up to two times within two weeks of the posted grade.
    • Times to retake assignments will be scheduled by teacher considering student availability.  
    • Additional practice work may be required to be completed prior to retaking assessments.