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Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School

Welcome to Ancient Civilizations!!
Ms. Prouty
room A313

"History isn't just what happens in the past.  It is what later generations choose to make of it."
-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


My philosophy is that history is a series of connected stories, wanting to be told and passed on. Therefore, in the coming school year, we will examine how history does not exist within a vacuum and how history is actually an interconnection of governments, societies, religions, ideas, and cultures. Not only will the students discover the many stories and sides in history, but they will also learn about each other and themselves through “Bringing it Home” activities—seeing how the contributions of the past affect them and how their world may be similar or different from the one being examined—and “Who Am I?”—a daily reading and guessing game of Team 7A’s student autobiographies. In addition to these varied activities, the classroom content will focus on both ancient and classical civilizations from all around the Mediterranean Sea and beyond. Several of the eras that we will explore are Africa’s origins of man through the Neolithic Age, Mesopotamia’s “cradle of civilization,” Ancient Egypt, Phoenicia, Ancient Israel, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome.

Necessary Supplies:
-One (1) plastic pencil box that snaps shut or zippered bag that can be clipped into your binder
-One (1) small pencil sharpener that holds shavings
-One (1) roll of tape
-One (1) glue stick
-A set of colored pencils
-A highlighter
-Several pens (absolutely no red ink!)
-A pair of scissors
-A permanent marker
-Several pencils (mechanical preferred; extra lead, if needed)
-An eraser
-A two-pocket folder
-A notebook
-A 1.5" binder that will stay in the room, less three times (the mid-year exam, the MCAS test, and the final exam)
It is your responsibility to replenish your supplies box as needed. If you find yourself running low on something, make sure you pick new supplies up as soon as you can.

Homework is worth 10% of the grade and is assigned three (3) to four (4) times a week. My site on is consistently updated and students also write down their homework in their agendas at the start of class.  If a student is absent, it is his/her responisbility to make up missed assignments.
My policy is that homework has a half-life for every day it is late.  So, one day late gets 50% (at most), two days late gets 25% (at most), three days late gets 12% (at most), and so on.

If projects are late, it is 5% off per day.

History Binder:
The special 1.5" binder that is to stay in the classroom is meant to keep all necessary handouts and past tests/quizzes in order and in a safe place.

I will check it once a quarter to make sure that:

1. Handouts are in order

2. All handouts are present

3.  Each unit is divided by a colorful, and labeled, divider

The grading breakdown is as follows:
Tests: 25%
Projects/Papers: 30%
Quizzes: 15%
Class Participation: 10%
Homework: 10%
Binder: 10%
Each unit will consist of several quizzes (3-5) and advance notice of one (1) to two (2) days will be given. Tests will be announced a week in advance. Students should expect (at least) one test and several projects per term.

In this course, we will weave together interesting readings with numerous skills to your student on the MCAS tests. Themes and various literary devices will be examined by way of fables, fairy tales, short stories, and even novels.The homework and grading policies for this course are the same as in history.

Necessary Materials:
Students need to bring their binder to class, which has a MCAS section in it. Also, pens and sharpened pencils are a must.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me at:

Nota Bene (Note Well):

Classroom Expectations
1. Arrive to class promptly.
2. Have homework and assignments when they are due--You are responsible for your homework and completing assignments on time. (Please refer to the "Homework Accountability Form.") In return, I will hand them back promptly with grades.
3. Be prepared for class.
4. Follow the ideas of responsibility, self-management, honesty, sociability, and self-esteem.
5. Remember that it is okay to disagree, but not disrespect. What we study in this course is not “weird,” it is simply different from what we know and with what we are familiar.
6. Every one has a voice and I want to hear yours! Please, participate in class and ask a question when something is confusing.
7. Remember one thing in particular: “can’t” does not exist in Ms. P.’s classroom. We are all capable people and you can.