Individuals & Societies 8

    "A standard maxim for free society, which should be familiar to all, and revered by all; constantly looked to, constantly labored for, and even though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated are the principles that make up freedom and liberty. But the very attempt to attain such freedom anf liberty  - every attempt to attain them - would, constantly spread and deepen the influence of these principles and augment the happiness and value of life to all people of all colors everywhere. The story of America is the story of this ennobling struggle."  - President Abraham Lincoln 


    8th Grade Individuals & Societies 2021-2022

    Syllabus & Classroom Management Plan

    Mr. Wade

    Room 610

    Welcome to a new school year at Sinagua Middle School, albeit a little different than past years! My name is Mr. Wade and I am very excited to welcome you 8th grade IB Individuals & Societies or formerly "Social Studies". I hope everyone is safe and healthy and hanging in there during these crazy times. I am very excited to welcome you and your student to a fun year in 8th grade Individuals & Societies!

    My teaching philosophy and classroom environment respects all students and expects all students to actively engage in their learning process. I acknowledge various learning styles and encourage students to embrace the opportunity we have to work together to achieve individual goals and pursue personal growth in all academic areas. As an educator, I value education and the learning process but I also love to have a lot of fun doing so.

    I assure you that I will do my best to make class as fun as possible to learn for your student, but in return I ask for students to be in class, enthusiastic to learn and have fun as well. Together we will make this a tremendous year for you in Individuals & Societies and 8th grade.

    Course Description:

    Students will gain knowledge of events and people of our past and to help understand their importance in shaping our country. Students will be able to gain insights, reflect, interpret and analyze important historical events and people that have contributed to influencing the world as well as the United States. This course will examine United States history the Founding of the Nation and Government during First Semester. Economics & Personal Finance, Civil Rights, Human Rights and Globalization during Second Semester.

    I can assure you that this will be a class filled with inquiry and actually ‘doing’ something with the history and content discussed and presented in class. This will not be a class where the teacher lectures and the students simply take notes. That is boring for you the students as well as me the teacher. Instead, be prepared for a fun day filed with interacting and interpreting the history presented in class. You will be introduced to a variety of activities and projects that will cater to the many different learning styles in the classroom.

    Core Values & Rules:

    Every student has the right to learn and no student has the right to interfere with the learning process of others. There are four rules I expect all students to abide by and follow in my classroom.

    1. Come to class on time, or log into the Course Daily
    2. Be respectful and considerate of others.
    3. Be prepared and ready to learn. 
    4. Try your BEST in everything you do.

    Scope and Sequence of the Course:

    Quarter 1

    • Founding of the Nation
    • U.S. Political System 
    • Principles of Citizenship 

    Quarter 2

    • Personal Finance 
    • Foundations of Economics 
    • 8th Grade Civics Test

    Quarter 3

    • Civil Rights & Social Movements 

    Quarter 4

    • Genocide & Human Rights 
    • Modern U.S. History 

    Enduring Understandings (The Big Picture Takeaways you will gain from this class):

    • History is a story composed from multiple perspectives.
    • History is a discipline driven by inquiry and questions.
    • It is important to study the past to avoid making the same mistakes of others in the past.
    • The United States is a melting pot of various cultures, ethnicities and ideas.

    Materials Needed for Class: these materials will be required daily for this class

    • IPAD
    • Canvas Account 
    • Pencils
    • Pens
    • * Spiral Bound notebook for notes
    • * 3-ring Binder for coursework
    • * Folder for coursework
    • * Notebook paper
    • * Colored Pencils – we will be doing fun assignments and activities with these and each student will need their own set

    * Classroom Supplies students should have upon the return to In-Person Learning 

    **Any student who may have trouble bringing any of these supplies, please let me know and we will work it out!

    Optional Materials to bring in for the class:

    • Kleenex
    • Glue sticks
    • Colored Pencils/Colored Markers
    • Notebook paper
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Clorox disinfectant wipes
    • Index cards, index cards, and more index cards

    Classroom Expectations:

    • Daily Warmups – warmup’s will be based on either reviewing past material, introducing new material, or fun writing prompts to start class with at the beginning of each day.
    • Teacher-Led Activities & Application of Skills – each day students will be interacting with the content in some manner online in the class Canvas class page. Each students’ will have time in class to break out and work on demonstrating their mastery and understanding of skills and content in class.
    • All assignments will be kept in students’ Google Drive in designated Individuals & Societies folder that they use to aid student progression and organization throughout each unit during the year. Students should only have their own assignments in their Individuals & Societies Google Drive Folder. It is the responsibility of the student to keep ALL assignments in their Individuals & Societies Google Drive Folders. The Individuals & Societies Google Drive Folder is designed to aid and teach student organization skills. All assignments will be submitted and turned in through Canvas or the assignment will not be graded. 
    • It is expected that assignments must be legible and written or typed in complete sentences with proper grammar and punctuation to the best of the student’s ability.
    • Assignments are expected to be completed by the end of each unit covered in class (see quarterly breakdown – ex. U.S Political System, Citizenship, etc.). Units will last a Quarter and grading for each assignment, project, test will become final at the end of each unit.
    • Agendas – Students should begin class by writing the daily activity in their agenda along with any upcoming assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, etc. Students will have their agendas stamped when completed at the beginning of each day. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain accurate records of their grade. This is made very easy by the studentvue resource tool on the SMS website that students should know how to use. Progress reports will be sent home periodically throughout the school year per SMS policies, however it is the students discretion to maintain accurate records for their benefit. Whenever students fall below passing (3/4 in IB Grading or otherwise 60%) I will be sending a detailed grade report home showing any missed or late assignments.
    • Come to class, or log into class enthusiastic to learn and most importantly, have fun doing so!

    IB Grading System:

    *We will be utilizing standards based grading this year.  Standards will be assessed using the designated IB 8-point rubric.  This is a new grading system for myself and SMS this year, please take that into consideration when clarifying grading issues. 

    * Semester Grading - Set by district administration

    Measurement and Performance - tests and projects are worth 100% of the class grade

    Practice – homework, class work and quizzes are worth 0% of the class grade


    MYP International Grade

    Score Bands/Grading Boundaries

    High School Grade






















    *Based on professional judgment

    15-16 = C

    17 - 18 = B


    The MYP assigns four (4) criteria to each subject.

    • Each teacher must assess each criterion two times per semester. When more than one criterion is assessed in a task, there will be multiple grades for that task.
    • At the end of the grading period, a teacher will make the best judgment for each of the four prescribed criteria.

    Summation of the four overall scores helps determine the MYP International grade for that class (see above) 

    Individuals & Societies Google Drive Folder:

    All assignments will be kept in students’ Google Drive in designated Individuals & Societies folder that they use to aid student progression and organization throughout each unit during the year. Students should only have their own assignments in their Individuals & Societies Google Drive Folder. It is the responsibility of the student to keep ALL assignments in their Individuals & Societies Google Drive Folders. The Individuals & Societies Google Drive Folder is designed to aid and teach student organization skills.


    Assignments are given for practice and development of skills and content; they are given to enhance the understanding and mastery of concepts discussed in class.

    Homework assignments will only become homework when students fail to use their time in class to finish. Assignments will rarely be assigned and expected to be completed that same school day, but rather over the course of multiple school days.


    Assessments will take place throughout the year to assess students on material covered in class. Students will know about all assessments well in advance of the quiz or test day and will have plenty of time to prepare if they attend class regularly.

    Make-Up Work:  

    *Content will be broken down over the course of the school year into units, with each unit lasting roughly a Quarter. Any assignments, projects, tests, quizzes, etc., within each unit will not be final until the end of each unit. Students may retest test or quizzes or redo assignments within time frame of each unit should they desire to.

    *Students have the same number of days to make up assignments as the number of days they were absent.  If a student misses class, it is the student’s responsibility to find out what work needs to be completed. 

    Student Preparedness:

    Sinagua Middle School expects students to be prepared daily as well as following dress code requirements, wearing their ID lanyard, to having completed assignments and all materials necessary for class each day


    *I encourage students to participate in Individuals & Societies tutoring on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:00 for assistance with any assignment, computer time, or make-up work needed. Additional tutoring times until 4:00 can be arranged if student desires they just need to schedule with me. I am here to help and want you to be as successful as possible, please let me know if you want extra help and I will do my best to accommodate.

    Discipline Policy:  

    *Students are expected to follow the classroom and school guidelines and are held responsible for their choices. Students will be held responsible for the actions and decisions made in my classroom. For the first offense, students will receive a warning. Following the students’ initial warning and redirection, if the student’s behavior continues I will discuss the rules and expectations in my classroom and how the student’s behavior is in conflict. If the students’ behavior continues, the student will be asked to leave my class and will be sent to RTC per SMS policy. Consequences that follow may include a phone call home (made by student), lunch detention, removal from class, going to the Responsible Thinking Classroom, or a discipline referral to the office. It is my preference to handle discipline issues in house, however, I will not hesitate to send students to RTR, or to the office for referrals if necessary. Any students sent out of my class for behavioral issues are still responsible for the material and possible coursework covered in class.

    The Learning Center (TLC)

    *Should any student receive TLC for not completing assignments per SMS policy they will entered into the TLC after school program. TLC is from 2:30 – 4:00 pm and allows students to complete any unfinished classwork or extra studying time. No student will be removed afterward they have been entered in TLC.

    Student Food & Drink:

    Students are permitted to drink water in my class or have a water bottle. Water is the only outside food or drink that is permitted in my class. If a student should need a snack they need to discuss with me beforehand.

    Electronic Devices:

    Students are required to turn electronic devices over to school personnel when requested. If a personal electronic device is used when prohibited by school personnel, the device may be confiscated. The item may be obtained by the parent or guardian from a site administrator. Use of cameras or camera features on an electronic device for use constituting an invasion of any person’s reasonable expectation of privacy is strictly prohibited. Students violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from school. Please note: Students bring personal electronic devices to school at their own risk. Administration will not conduct investigations for electronic devices if items are reported lost or stolen. 


    Communication is key to success. I check my email daily as well as try my best to keep our Canvas Classroom page updated daily with assignments, projects, tests that are coming up as well as resources that may be helpful to students about content and material covered in class.

    In an effort to maintain ongoing communication, I prefer email or phone correspondence as it allows me to respond quickly and from many locations. Parents are always welcome to drop by and discuss any issues they or their student are having (Please make sure to check-in with the office and get the proper visitor pass. I can be reached most all times of the day at bwade@fusd1.org or during school hours at (928)-527-5500 ext.6910. If I don’t respond right away, please be patient and I assure you that I will get back to you by no later than the next school day. I value parent involvement in the academic process and welcome any help or clarification I can provide.

    **As the teacher, I reserve the right to make changes to this syllabus throughout the school year should the need to arise. Should any policy changes be made, all students and parents will be informed of the changes to the syllabus.

    I encourage open communication regarding your student preferably through email but can also be reached by phone. 

    Instructor Name 

    Mr. Wade

    Preferred Contact Method


    Alternate Contact Methods

    (928) 527-5500 ext. 6910