Social Studies

Mililani Middle School

Social Studies

Course Syllabus 2014/15

Mrs. Duran


Course Description:

This course engages students in historical inquiry focusing on the people, ideas and events that have shaped and continue to shape Hawaii. The first semester engages students in deep historical thinking about the evolution of the historic, economic, political, and social/cultural institutions of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The second semester engages students in historical thinking about contemporary issues (sociopolitical, geographic, cultural, historical, and economic) faced by Hawaii and the nations and territories of the Pacific.  Students develop a historic perspective for understanding change, causality, and continuity from unification and the monarchy to contemporary issues and challenges facing Pacific nations and territories. Cultural and political relationships, conflict, cooperation and interdependence are concepts and ideas that are fully developed.



Term 1: Unification and Monarchy, Foreigner Arrival, Sugar and Plantations

Term 2: Mahele, Monarchy and Overthrow, Change and Continuity

Term 3: World in Spatial Terms, Human and Physical Characteristics in Spatial Terms, Geography    

Term 4: Contemporary Issues in the Pacific Islands, United States and the Pacific Islands, Cultural Diversity and Unity



Students are evaluated based on the following:

  • Standardized Final Assessments – 16 points
  • Standardized Assessments – 16 points
  • Standardized Check Points – 8 points
  • Classwork – 4 points
  • Homework- no more than 10%


Cheating will result in the failure of that assignment.  No Exceptions!


            90% -100% =             A                     Exceeds Proficiency

            80%- 89% =               B                     Meets Proficiency, All Standards

            70% - 79% =               C                     Meets Proficiency, Majority of Standards

            60% - 69% =              D                     Approaches Proficiency

            59% and below=         F                      Well Below Proficiency





Classroom Procedures:

1.                  Entering the Classroom

·         Pick up your portfolio and quietly sit down in your assigned seat.

·         Read the daily agenda

·         Write the homework assignment in your planner

2.                  During Class

Passes: No locker passes

            Three restroom passes per term

3.                  Revision Policy

Students are allowed to revise standards-based assignments if needed to meet the standard. Highest grade possible after revisions is a B. Revisions must be completed within the allotted period of time as noted on the assignments rubrics.  Students are expected to meet with me if further assistance is needed.

4.                  Make-Up Policy

Students are responsible for all make-up assignments after an absence.  Assessments are made up before school, during recess or after school; not during class. Students are allowed one day for each day absent to make-up assignments (for example, if absent two days, student has two days to complete assignment).


Classroom Rules:

1.                  Be respectful-   reason: so that the entire room has positive energy

2.                  Come prepared to learn-   reason: so you can have the proper tools

3.                  Stay in your seat-   reason: safety

4.                  No talking-  reason: so you and others can hear and understand what is being discussed

5.                  Raise your hand and wait to be acknowledged-   reason: so that no one is blurting out the answers

6.                  Keep your desk clear-   reason: so that there are fewer distractions

7.                  No late work-   reason: assignments are expected on the due date



If you choose to break the rules:

1.                  A verbal reminder

2.                  Name on the board

3.                  Checkmark next to name

4.                  Phone call home

5.                  Referral to office



One three ringed binder, five divider tabs, paper, pens, and pencils.  Please label your divider tabs: Classwork, Homework, Class Notes, Check Points, Standards Based Assessments.