• Overview: This is a thematic course where students will examine and analyze different cultures from around the world. Students will study both ancient texts and current events to study topics of government, law, and justice. The first semester will be devoted to studying Western Civilization and the second half to Eastern Civilization.

    Course Objective: To achieve proficiency in the 7th Grade Social Sciences Content Standards


    Oregon Social Studies Content Standards: For the full list of standards please go to the class website (standards will be located at the bottom of the 8th Grade English page) or to:


    Course Outline: Below is a basic outline of the topics and texts we will be studying by quarter.

    Semester 1

    Focus: Government and Economics

    -The origins of civilization and law

    -Justice systems from ancient times to present day

    -Gandhi and Civil Disobedience

    -The Arab Spring

    -Economic and Outsourcing

    -Colonization and the Slave Trade

    Texts: Excerpts from A Long Walk to Water.

              Excerpts from A Night Divided

    Semester 2

    Focus: Society and Ethics

    -Abrahamic Religions (Judaism and Islam)

    -Eastern Religion (Hinduism and Buddhism)

    -The Caste System

    -Marriage Families around the world

    -Feudal Japan and Samurais

    -Nuclear Weapons

    -The Laws of War

    Texts: Excerpts from I am Malala

              Excerpts from Sadako

    Daily Expectations


    1. All students will be respectful of each other’s thoughts, opinions, and experiences.


    1. Students are expected to be in their seats with all necessary materials before the bell rings. Being out of the assigned seat or not have necessary materials ready will be considered a tardy.


    1. Students are expected to follow all class rules at all times. In addition, students are expected to adhere to community expectations.


    1. There is a zero tolerance policy for bullying and put­downs. This includes other students, teachers, staff, substitutes, guests, and anyone else in our community.


    1. Students will be responsible for work during an absence by checking the class agenda upon their return. Emailing the teacher is always welcome.


    1. Students will maintain high expectations of themselves. Hard work is expected every single day. No students will be allowed to opt out of their education.


    1. Students will respect and take care of any materials and technology used in class. Students will accept responsibility for any damage resulting from improper use of class materials.  


    1. Personal Electronics (including cellphones, tablets, and music playing devices) will be turned off and put away before entering the classroom.


    1. Students will try to stay in class whenever possible. This includes coming to class on time and trying to limit restroom and water breaks to passing time.

    Miss Lashley’s Rules


    1. Respect Yourself
    2. Respect Others
    3. Respect the Process

    In Class Work


    All in class assignments are due at the END OF CLASS unless otherwise specified.




    Under rare exceptions (circumstances outside of a student’s control), if a students is unable to complete an assignment during the provided class time, a student can fill out an extension request form and can make arrangements with me to turn in the assignment on the following day.


    It is up to the student to arrange the necessary extension request form. In-class work will not be accepted late without an extension request form.



    Students will have a mapping quiz every Wednesday at the beginning of class.


    In addition to studying where these countries are located, students must complete a current event form that took place in one of these countries.


    Students may either find this article online, or use one provided by Ms. Lashley (located on back wall).  This assignment is due at the beginning of class every Wednesday.

    Absence Policy


    If you are scheduled to be gone on a due date because of a prearranged absence (field trip, family business, etc.) please turn the assignment in BEFORE YOU LEAVE.


    If you are absent, you are responsible for all work missed in class. Absences will be given one week from the day of return to make up assignments given on the days of absence. Any assignment due the day of the absence will be due at the beginning of the class on the day of return.

    Grading Policies

    The standard grading scale will be in effect (see below) on assignments, tests, and quizzes.


    91 – 100% = A

    81 ­90% = B

    71 – 80% = C

    65 – 70% = D

    0 – 64% = F


    Your grade will be broken down into the following weighted categories.

    • Standards Based Assessments……….………………………………………...….…60%

    (Includes Tests, Quizzes, Essays and Projects)

    • Assignments………..……………………………………..………….…………………..40%

    (Includes Homework, in-class assignments, Warm ups, Participation)


    Warm ups

    Every day, students will complete a warm up in their class notebooks. These warm ups will be based on the novel excerpts read during the week. These warm ups will be turned in and graded weekly. Warm ups MUST be written in complete sentences (including both a capital and period).


    Plagiarism Statement


    Definition: Plagiarism is the use of another person’s words, ideas, or facts as if they were your own, without giving credit to the original source.


    • You are plagiarizing when you use information from another source without including proper documentation (e.g. citations and a list of works cited or a bibliography).
    • You are plagiarizing when you use more than three words in a sequence from someone else without giving credit to that source.
    • You are plagiarizing when you turn in another student’s work as your own or allow someone else to copy your work; this might include homework, tests, papers, or other assignments.
    • You are plagiarizing when you copy materials from sources such as the internet, books, or periodicals without introducing the material or using citations to show the beginning and end of the “borrowed” material.
    • You are plagiarizing when you paraphrase and/or simply change a few words without properly (Adapted from the OCTE pamphlet “What’s Plagiarism and How Can You Avoid It?”)


    • Indicate clearly when you use anything from another person’s work, even if only a phrase or a single keyword by using quotation marks.
    • When summarizing or paraphrasing, distinguish clearly where the ideas of other end and your own comments begin.
    • When using another person’s ideas, credit the author by name and identify the work in which you found the idea.
    • Err on the side of caution by giving credit whenever you suspect you are using information, other than general knowledge, from a source.
    • If you are unsure if you are plagiarizing, it is your responsibility to consult with your teacher regarding the work before the assignment is due. (Adapted from Write for College, published by Write Source)


    Students may be asked to defend or verify their work as their own in one of the following ways:

    • Present notes, drafts, or works cited;
    • Produce an on­demand work sample;
    • Present a verbal defense of work in question. If plagiarism is determined, one or more of the following penalties will result (section 18 of the Parent/Student
    • You will receive a failing grade on the assignment/paper/test.
    • Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted and informed of the occurrence of plagiarism and the resulting penalties.
    • Multiple occurrences of plagiarism will result in a disciplinary referral being filed and could result in suspension, expulsion, and/or a failing grade in the course for the quarter.
    • Plagiarism may be noted in a college recommendation

    Classroom Library


    Students are welcome to check out books from my class library to take home (the check out clip board is attached to the bookshelf.) I have purchased all of these books myself, so please treat them with care. Students who lose or mistreat books will be expected to replace them.


    While all the books in my library are written for middle school and early high school audiences, I have not read all of the books in my library. Please monitor what your child is reading and contact me if you have any questions or concerns about a book your child has checked out from my library.