World Studies- Eastern Hemisphere


  • Course Overview:

    World Welcome Back! I am so thrilled to be teaching Eastern Hemisphere World Studies. Exploring different cultures; traveling the globe, and teaching about different places and people are passions of mine.  


    Students will review important map terms and skills, learn about the ancient and modern history of the Eastern Hemisphere, and study its geography. Students will also learn about economic systems around the world and personal taxes! The curriculum will incorporate reading, writing, studying skills, and test-taking skills.


    I am lucky and honored to have a guest teacher in my classroom for the fifth year.  Jane Nici is a veteran teacher and is well traveled! She loves teaching about the world and loves middle school students. She will be in the classroom two days a week.  Mrs. Nici and I have worked together for many years in other capacities, and I am excited to work with her once again this year!  


    I plan to do many hands-on activities, games, Socratic circles, cooperative learning activities, research projects, writing, and some book work.  I also would like to bring in guest speakers for different regions of the world.  Along with that, I will be using literature in my classroom. We will also participate in a team service learning project.  



    Students will need:
    Notebook paper, one folder with pockets, colored pencils, markers, pencils, and Text one non-spiral notebook.   


    We will be using an atlas and the text, Eastern Hemisphere.

    These are classroom copies only.



    Grading for this year will allocate 75% toward assessments that include tests, projects, and quizzes; and 25% of the grade will include class work and homework.

    **25% will be deducted for late class work or homework.


    Behavior Expectations

    In addition and in conjunction with our school-wide PBIS initiative these are my classroom expectations:

    1. Respect for each other and our materials
    2. Being prepared
    3. Participation and a positive attitude



    Please feel free to contact me at or call me at 867-8251.  I will be using the school website to announce homework/events happening in class. I will also ask that students use their planner to write down homework, test, and other school activities. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you! Thank you for sharing your child!


    Our major units of study will include:

    • Basic Geographic Concepts
    • Beginnings of Civilization
    • Mesopotamia
    • Middle East
    • Greece
    • Rome
    • Middle Ages
    • Ancient Egypt
    • Personal Financial Literacy (PFL)
    • India
    • Ancient China
    • Japan
    • North & South Korea
    • Russia
    • Africa
    • Oceania (Australia & New Zealand)