Phone: (508) 478-1180


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Mrs. Christian Boccia

Welcome to Mrs. Boccia's Social Studies Class! (6 Red)

The focus of the 6th Grade Social Studies curriculum is World Geography.  Students will apply geography concepts and skills learned in previous grades to systematically learn geography around the world continent by continent.

We will begin the course by fine tuning basic map skills and on developing a working knowledge of the Five Themes of Geography:

  • Location
  • Place
  • Human-Environment Interaction
  • Movement
  • Region.

From there we will begin studying the Physical and Cultural Geography of :

  • Latin America
  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • Russia
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • North Africa, Southwest Asia, and Central Asia
  • Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica

Throughout the year I will use a variety of teaching methods such as: Atlas work, Projects, Cooperative Learning Groups, Differentiated Instruction, and various Enrichment Activities to reinforce the curriculum.

Class Rules/Expectations

The rules and expectations in my class are very straightforward.  I expect students to come to class prepared to work and learn.  That means students need to have all of their necessary materials such as their textbook, folder, pencil, agenda, and homework or projects with them when they come into the classroom.  I also expect students to be respectful at all times to their teachers as well as other students.  I do not tolerate disruptive behavior that interferes with others’ ability to learn.

Students not following class rules will be given sufficient warnings to correct their behavior before receiving an appropriate consequence i.e. after school detention, lunch detention, or office referral.


Homework is assigned on the first day of the week (Monday or Tuesday) and will be due on the last day of the week (Thursday or Friday).  Students may turn in homework early, but late homework will lose points.  Students that do not turn in homework on the day it is due will receive a lunch detention.

Class Work

Students are expected to participate in class by being prepared, participating in group discussions, and completing class assignments.  Participation is key to creating an instructional environment where students learn from answering questions and voicing opinions.  Again, respect for one another’s opinions is essential. Your child’s input is key to having a more rewarding learning experience.  



Tests and projects  40%

Quizzes  25%

Homework  and Class Work 35%


Missing/Late Work

10 points will be deducted for each day an assignment is past due.    


Make-Up Work

It is the student’s responsibility to pick up any assignments he or she missed due to an absence.  Make-up work is to be completed within a time frame equal to the days absent.  For example a student that is absent 1 day has 1 day from his or her return to makeup any assignments missed.  A student absent for a week has a week to complete the missing work.  Students that are absent on the day an assignment is due or on a day that an assessment is given will be expected to turn in the assignment or take the assessment on the day they return to school if they were present on the day it was assigned to them.


Exploring our World: People, Places, and Cultures

McGraw Hill Glencoe

Copyright 2008