• 7th Grade American History

    7th grade American History covers the time period between Colonial America and Post Civil War Reconstruction.

    Contact information:

    Name:   Brandon Johnson

    E-mail: brandon.johnson@ankenyschools.org  

    School phone: 515-965-9640


    How students will be graded on academics:


    • Letter grades will continue to be assigned for all courses at the secondary level 
    • When utilizing the Levels of Proficiency (Beginning, Progressing, Meeting, Advanced), teachers will show the connection between a student’s performance on the Performance Scale to the assigned grade. This connection will be communicated at the onset of its use and throughout the learning progression for the purpose of providing feedback.

    Grading Scale for Non-weighted Classes:

    Letter Grade:              A

    Minimum Percent:   92.5

    Letter Grade:              A-

    Minimum Percent:   89.5

    Letter Grade:              B+

    Minimum Percent:    86.5

    Letter Grade:              B

    Minimum Percent:    82.5

    Letter Grade:              B-

    Minimum Percent:   79.5

    Letter Grade:              C+

    Minimum Percent:   76.5

    Letter Grade:              C

    Minimum Percent:    72.5

    Letter Grade:              C-

    Minimum Percent:    69.5

    Letter Grade:              D+

    Minimum Percent:   66.5

    Letter Grade:              D

    Minimum Percent:   62.5

    Letter Grade:               D-

    Minimum Percent:   59.5

    Letter Grade:               F

    Minimum Percent:   Below 59.5

    Guiding Practices:


    Multiple and Varied Assessment Opportunities

    All students should have multiple and varied assessment opportunities to demonstrate higher levels of achievement.   Additional opportunities may include being reassessed on only the content/skills not mastered, spiraling assessment of content/skill on subsequent assessments, reassessment of an alternate form of an assessment (e.g., Form B instead of Form A), student revisions of work products based on descriptive feedback, or alternative methods of assessments (e.g., an oral response rather than a written test).  


    Guidelines for reassessment opportunities include the following:

    • Students will be provided the opportunity to be reassessed - best practice is to provide additional opportunities for students to demonstrate learning during future assessments.
    • Teachers determine appropriateness and authentic need for reassessments.
    • Reassessment method will be provided at the discretion of the teacher.
    • Reassessments will be given within a reasonable time frame that the teacher determines and students will be communicated with in advance.

    Homework / Independent Practice

    Homework is an opportunity for students to practice skills, apply knowledge, review and build on past learning, and extend learning.  Homework is individualized and based on each student’s progress towards established standards. The purpose of the assignment will determine whether or not a grade is given and will be clearly articulated to students. Through independent learning tasks (homework), students assume more responsibility for their learning and are given opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations or experiences.


    Extra Credit and Bonus Points

    To ensure that grades reflect progress toward and achievement of the standards, giving extra credit points or bonus points will not occur in this class.   


    Behavioral Expectations

    The work habits/behavior standards are for grades 6-12 courses in our district. These work habits/behavior standards will be reported throughout the semester and are as follows: 

    • Organization and Readiness
    • Productivity and Accountability
    • Collaboration Skills

    For those of you accessing this document electronically, the work habits tool can be accessed online:  Work Habit Tool Online Link. We will be using the following performance levels


    Performance Levels for Work Habits/Behavior Standards:

    MS = Meets Standard

    PM = Partially Meets Standard

    DM = Doesn’t Meet Standard

    NE = No Evidence


    These descriptors are intended for feedback and communication and do not impact a student’s GPA. 


    Formative and Summative Assessment:



    • Formative Assessment: Formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence for the purpose of improving learning. 


    • Summative Assessment:  Assessments that provide evidence of student achievement for the purpose of making a judgment about student competence or program effectiveness. 

    District Office   306 SW School Street   PO Box 189 Ankeny, IA 50021-0189   

    P: 515.965.9600   F: 515.965.4234 W: ankenyschools.org


    Ankeny Community School District does not discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, military affiliation, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Inquiries and grievances may be directed to Dr. Matt Adams, Assistant Superintendent of Organizational Development and Learning, 306 S.W. School Street, P.O. Box 189, Ankeny, Iowa 50021-0189, (515) 965-9600, or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60661.