Gateway Regional High School

Course Information

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Big History Project / Grade 7


Patricia Mangiocco


Phone Number

856-848-8200 Ext. 523

Course Website

Google Classroom

Course Description

        Where did everything come from?  How did we get to where we are now?  Where do humans fit in?  

Where are things heading?  These are questions that origin stories of different cultures have addressed for thousands of years.  Big History attempts to answer them by examining the entire past of the Universe using the best available ideas from disciplines such as astronomy, chemistry, biology, and history.  Throughout the course, you’ll explore different scales of time and space and view human history from new angles.  You’ll learn what we know and what we don’t, consider our place in the Universe, and develop your own ideas for what the future may hold.

Course Expectations and Assessments

        Major Assessments for the upcoming year.

Course Policies 

Homework Policy:        Homework will be assigned periodically throughout the course.  Homework will not

be graded, however, it is used to reinforce concepts covered in class which can help improve the overall grade of students.  Homework will also be a determining factor in being eligible for a test retake.    

Retake Policy:                Primary assessments are eligible for retakes throughout the year.  Students can choose

to retake a test if they have completed all of the homework assignments for that unit.  

Projects are not eligible for retakes, as they are ongoing assessments.  Students may conference with teacher on projects to look for areas where additional points can be awarded.  This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Required and Recommended Materials 


        Extra help is available after school, when requested.  I encourage the students to be the ones to

advocate for themselves and request extra help, but parents may also e-mail me with extra help

requests, as needed.

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

Classroom Challenge:                Each marking period, students will be presented with a series of classroom

challenges to motivate academic curiosity and develop their skills.  Each

challenge will be worth a designated amount of points, which can be used to

cash in on classroom rewards.  Rewards include flexible seating, iPod

privileges, and academic support on primary assessments. An end of the

marking period party will also be provided to the students that earned the most

points for the marking period.

Classroom Expectations:         Come to class prepared.

Be kind and courteous to teachers and peers.

Come to class with a positive attitude.  

Always try your best!