Humanities Syllabus

Mr. Jarvis’s Seventh-Grade Humanities
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Through an integrated approach to English/Language Arts and History/ Social Science, Humanities 7 will help students cultivate a curiosity about the world, and build the skills needed to read, analyze, and write increasingly complex texts.  In this class, students will develop the ability to analyze literature and informational writing in terms of structure, argument and figurative language. Students will learn how to make sound inferences that allow them to read “between the lines” of what is written in serious literature and primary/ secondary sources.

Course Content
This course will cover the the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, Literacy in History/ Social Studies, as well as the California state Social Studies standards.  The focus of the course is on Medieval/ Early Modern World history and literature, from the Fall of Rome to the Age of Exploration, roughly 500 C.E. to 1789 C.E.. Literature studied will include CrashThe Giver, Beowulf, The Outsiders, and I Am Malala , but we will also read numerous smaller selections from larger sources.

Writing will focus on narrative (1st quarter), informational/ explanatory (2nd quarter), and argumentative (3rd/4th quarters).  Vocabulary will be studied and assessed frequently, with an emphasis on academic vocabulary, content specific vocabulary, and vocabulary roots. Grammar will be interspersed throughout the year, with a focus on sentence structure and punctuation. Informal and formal research will be on-going.  Students will learn how to incorporate multiple sources, avoid plagiarism, and cite information accurately.

Class Expectations

  • Honor Good Acts and Accomplishments
  • Find Trusted Guides
  • Strive to Improve
  • Offer Help
  • Stop Harm and Blame
  • Make Amends


1st  Offense             Warning/ redirection            

2nd Offense           Move to reflection area/ reflect on behavior/ possible parent contact

3rd  Offense           Removal to partner teacher/ 2nd reflection/ parent contact

4th  Offense            Formal conference request/ parent contact

5th Offense             Administrative conference/ parent contact

6th  Offense             Administrative consequence/ parent contact

Class Materials

Students must come to class each day with a three-ring binder with sections reserved for the subjects of language arts and social social studies (students may use this binder for other classes); their composition book for daily warm-ups and notes (teacher provided); their three by five cards of Greek and Latin roots (teacher provided); a pen with blue or black ink; a planner or other tool for recording homework assignments and project due dates.


In Humanities, homework will usually be 30 minutes of independent reading (per night, four times per week) and recording information on a reading log.  Students will demonstrate understanding related to their reading through Scholastic Reading Counts quizzes and by completing a projects/reports.  In addition, students will typically have weekly vocabulary and/or Greek/Latin Roots to study.  All students will also read, annotate, and analyze informational articles (, newspaper, etc…) on a weekly basis.  All assignments are posted online at, but students MUST adopt a coherent system for recording and keeping track of their own homework assignments and project due dates (e.g., paper planner, digital calendar, etc.).


Homework is graded, as are in-class assignments, projects, quizzes and tests.  Grades are given in terms of points, with smaller assignments worth fewer points. Progress Report, Quarter, and Semester grades are letter grades.

98%-100%= A+ 93%- 97%=A  90%-92%=A- 88%-89%=B+ 83%-87%=B
80% -82%=B- 78%-79%=C+ 73% – 77%=C 70-72%=C- 68-69%=D+ 63%-67%=D 60%-62%=D- Below 60%= F.

In addition to academic performance, students will be graded in terms of work habits and conduct. Work habits and conduct grades are in given using the following scale:  

O=Outstanding S= Satisfactory N= Needs Improvement U=Unacceptable

Late Work and Retakes

Late work is accepted with a ten percent grade deduction taken per week.  Work may not be accepted if it is more than two weeks late unless there are special circumstances that have been communicated with the teacher in advance.  Tests and quizzes may be retaken one time for a grade of up to an B.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be honest and ethical at all times in their pursuit of academic goals.  Consequences for cheating, plagiarism, tampering with scores or work of other students will result in the student receiving an “F” on that assignment and a possible referral to our vice principal for additional consequences.  

Contacting Teacher

Students and parents are ALWAYS welcome to contact Mr. Jarvis. The best way is via e-mail at  Mr. Jarvis’s personal cell number is 805-550-34397.