6th grade social studies syllabus You can download a copy of the syllabus here.



    6th Grade Social Studies Syllabus

    Wasilla Middle School

    E-mail address and website Address:




    Emma Demmert




    Teacher/Parent Communication

    • E-mail-is the most efficient way to contact me.
    • Conferences- may be scheduled based on each student’s needs
    • Progress reports- come home every 4 ½ weeks
    • ParentVUE- please check frequently for your child’s progress on ParentVUE and always provide us with your current email address

    **Pease ensure you are also registered on ParentVUE so you can view your child’s grades. You can get your ParentVUE account information at the front desk.


    Textbook: Student will check out textbooks in the library. They are responsible for the textbook. If it is lost or stolen, students are responsible to pay for its replacement.





    When you will need it

    Introduction to Geography



    Quarter 1

    World Studies The United States and Canada

    Prentice Hall


    Quarter 1

    Quarter 2

    World Studies Latin America

    Prentice Hall


    Quarter 3

    Quarter 4

    ***Additional resources will be used throughout the year.***


    Social Studies Course Description:

    Sixth grade is truly a transitional year in many respects.  The children are expected to adapt to a new school, meet new students and teachers, accept a greater amount of responsibility, as well as handle all of the physical and emotional growth that will occur during the year.


    Sixth grade students study Geography, Canada, and Latin America. The goal for this year will be to introduce students to the basics of geography and basics to the research process in order to prepare students for 7th and 8th grade. Students will be required to do two research based projects this year, one for Canada and one for Latin America.





    Course Objectives:



    A student should be able to:

    ·         Make and use maps & globes

    ·         Utilize, analyze, and explain information about the human and physical features of places and regions.

    ·         Understand the dynamic and interactive natural forces that shape the Earth’s environments.

    ·         Understand and be able to interpret spatial characteristics of human systems, including migration, movement, interactions of cultures in the state, nation, and world.

    ·         Understand and be able to evaluate how humans and physical environments interact.

    ·         Use geography to understand the world by interpreting the past, knowing the present, and preparing for the future.

    (Taken from Alaska Content Standards)

    ·         Map  and Globe skills

    ·         Mapmaking

    ·         Five themes of Geography

    ·         United States and Canada

    ·         Latin America



    Grade Weights


    Grading Scale

    ·         Summative Assessments- 50%

    ·         Formative Assessments-

    -Quizzes- 30%

    -Classwork/Homework- 20%

    Summative Assessments:



    Formative Assessments:


    A: 100-90

    B: 89-80

    C: 79-70

    F: 69 and below


    Grading and Re-Assessment: Student grades represent what students know, understand and can do. To that end, if students are failing, they are essentially not learning. With this in mind, if students fail a summative assessment, once all work is completed, the student will be allowed to make corrections on an assignment and return for a higher grade. Students will be allowed to re-take an assessment in order to cement learning. The highest grade that can be earned on this re-assessment will be 80%.


    Students will be allowed to come into my classroom during lunch to work on missing assignments or to re-take a test. Students will be responsible for asking me for a lunch pass in order to come to my room during lunch.





    Standards of Written Work:

    • Heading- Every assignment turned in must have an appropriate heading including name, date, and class/assignment.
    • Clean Paper- No torn, crumpled, dirty, or with doodles or pictures that does not pertain to the assignment.
    • Legible-handwriting or type written in academic font.
    • Complete sentences-All answers must be in complete sentences.
    • Restate the question as part of each complete sentence answer.
    • Capitalization and Punctuation- All sentences need to start with capitals and correctly punctuated.


    Conduct Rules

    Wasilla Middle School is using a citizenship program called Wasilla Way.”  It is based on two simple premises - “No one has the right to interfere with the learning, safety, or well-being of others,” and “Do what is expected and do it the best you can.”  Our goal is to foster an emotionally and physically safe environment for our students.  Parents are encouraged to ask their children about their day.


    Absence Make-Up Procedure: Upon returning to school following an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher to request make-up work. Make-up work must be completed by the student the time specified by the teacher. At WMS, students will be given the same amount of time to make up work as the student was absent unless other arrangements are mutually agreed upon. The student will receive the actual grade on the make-up work if the absence was “excused.”


    BYOD Policy:

    Personal digital devices, including cell phones and tablets are permitted at Wasilla Middle School. Appropriate use of such devices is as follows: Devices may be used before school, after school, and during students’ lunch periods.

    Each teacher will decide how personal digital devices will be used as part of their classroom instruction when appropriate. The devices are to be used within district and school guidelines.

    The inappropriate use of cell phones and personal digital devices, such as cheating, sexting, harassment, and/or any other disruptive use that has an adverse impact on a positive learning environment will be subject to disciplinary consequences.


    MSBSD nor Wasilla Middle School are responsible for the loss or theft of devices.

    See student handbook for more information on BYOD Policy.


    Academic Dishonesty:

    Cheating or Plagiarism in any form is not accepted. An office referral will be made for this type of behavior. Parents will be notified of the behavior. Students cheating may not earn credit on assignment. A parent conference will need to occur before a student can earn credit on major projects where a decision will be made on the amount of credit a student may earn.

Last Modified on August 18, 2019