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James A. Foshay Learning Center
3751 South Harvard Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Phone: (323) 373-2700
Fax: (323) 733-2120

Background:
 
Dr. Nelli has enjoyed teaching History and English Language Arts in Los Angeles Unified School District for 20 years. He as earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California. Dr. Nelli has traveled extensively throughout the world and enjoys teaching, reading and writing.
 
Course Outline:
 
7th Grade World History is exciting. Students begin with a review of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire and end the year with the American and French Revolutionary Wars. We will discover Medieval and Modern Civilizations on the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.  Be ready to work, learn and enjoy exploring the world and its heritage.
 
8th Grade United States History is fascinating. Students begin with a review of Meso-American and Native-American civilizations and end with World War I. We will encounter: colonialism; the causes and effects of the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War; the roots of the civil rights movement (women's suffrage movement, Abolitionism, the Temperance Movement, and Progressive Movement) while making connections to the modern era. 
 
Homework Policy:
 
Students are assigned homework five nights per week! This sometimes is confusing to students given block scheduling of classes. Homework is a combination of: reading course related materials; responding to and reflecting on relevant questions; on-going research for journal entries and other class projects; and, studying for chapter tests and quizzes, periodic assessments and the final examination. Students are expected to read approximately 5-7 pages per night in their textbook, and are also given questions to respond to / reflect on. Class work and homework assignments are both critical to student comprehension and mastery of course content.
 
Journal-Essays: Unless otherwise posted in-writing on Schoology, all journal-essays are to be, at minimum, 5 paragraphs using the Jane Shaffer Writing Format. While we will discuss this in class in more detail, each paragraph must be at minimum, 5-7 sentences. 
 
  • Paragraph #1: Introduction is 5-7 sentences. Begin with a sentence that is attention grabbing followed by 3-5 sentences containing necessary background information. The last sentence is the Thesis Statement.  The Thesis Statement is the sentence that you intend to prove (an argument with three major points).
  • Paragraph #2: This is the first Body Paragraph. You will elaborate on the first point or argument.  The first sentence is a topic sentence. The next two sentences are supporting details. In the third sentence you will use a quotation from one of the texts followed by a citation. In the next sentence you will explain the significance of the quote. The last sentence is a transition sentence. (In a transition sentence your summarize the content of the paragraph an introduce one concept or idea in the next paragraph).
  • Paragraph #3: This is the second Body Paragraph. You will elaborate on the first point or argument.  The first sentence is a topic sentence. The next two sentences are supporting details. In the third sentence you will use a quotation from one of the texts followed by a citation. In the next sentence you will explain the significance of the quote. The last sentence is a transition sentence. (In a transition sentence your summarize the content of the paragraph an introduce one concept or idea in the next paragraph).
  • Paragraph #4: This is the third Body Paragraph. You will elaborate on the first point or argument.  The first sentence is a topic sentence. The next two sentences are supporting details. In the third sentence you will use a quotation from one of the texts followed by a citation. In the next sentence you will explain the significance of the quote. The last sentence is a transition sentence. (In a transition sentence your summarize the content of the paragraph an introduce one concept or idea in the next paragraph).
  • Paragraph #5: This is the Conclusion. Re-state the Thesis Statement (but do not write it the same way, use different words to say the same thing).  Then summarize your findings  / points  / arguments in paragraphs 2-4.  In your last sentence, you make a concluding remark (what your learned, implications for the future, etc.).
 
One-Pagers:  This is a visual display of knowledge. You will need to create a border (think a picture frame), include a picture or symbol to represent content, include a quotation from the text, and analysis of the quote.  When writing for analysis, you explain the significance of an event, concept, idea, etc. using examples and details.
 
Work not submitted will be recorded as "Incomplete" until they are turned in, reviewed and graded, at which point the "Incomplete" will be changed to a recorded numeric score.
 
Disciplinary Policy:
 
Students are expected to present their best composure in and out of the classroom at all times. Any infractions will be dealt with immediately, on a graduated basis (warning & parent phone call, nutrition / lunch / after-school detention up to 1 hour, Parent-Student-Teacher Conference, etc).
 
Students are required to bring their textbooks, supplies, and notebooks to class every day. Homework must be completed at home or at Foshay in one of the after-school programs available to students.
 
Supplies:
 
• Pens (red, blue, black, green), Pencils (#2)
• Textbook, A Dictionary is also helpful
• Ruler
• Lined, college-ruled paper
 
Notebooks:
 
All students are expected to have a notebook to keep themselves organized.
Students may wish to have a separate three-ring binder for History or may
include a sectional divider for history within a larger-size three ring binder where
they keep all of their materials.
 
Grading Policy:
 
Students are assigned a point value (normally on a scale of one to eight as required by the I.B. Assignments may be weighted as is the case for journal-essays, research projects, and one-pagers). Grading categories include:
--Class Work
--Homework
--Journal-Essays
--Quizzes and Tests
--Projects
 
Scores are based on total points achieved within each category. 
 
• Students whose final scores fall between a 90-100% will receive an “A”
• Students whose final scores fall between a 80-89% will receive a “B”
• Students whose final scores fall between a 70-79% will receive a “C”
• Students whose final scores fall between a 60-69% will receive a “D”
• Students whose final scores are below 60% will receive a “Fail” for the course.
 
Occasionally Extra Credit will be offered. These assignments will not replace "Incomplete" assignments but will apply to the overall score of assignments submitted for evaluation. 
 
** Students designated as ELL and/or have IEP's will receive appropriate accommodations and evaluated accordingly.