Welcome to Mrs. Zisk's 6th grade Social Studies Class!
"I do not see the world as it is, I see it as I am." ~Anaïs Nin
August 29, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Hello and welcome back! My name is Mrs. Cathy Zisk and I am excited about being your child’s social studies teacher. I am looking forward to working with every student this year and watching each one grow and succeed. I believe it is vital for parents to know their child’s teacher, so I would like to tell you about myself. This is my eleventh year teaching in Tewksbury. I have taught fifth through eighth grade social studies. I received both my undergraduate and graduate degree at Rutgers University, and I recently completed a second master’s degree in social studies education. I have a passion for education and enjoy reading and watching movies and documentaries about history.
I want to start the year out by making clear the expectations and values for my classroom, both to you and to my new students. I strive to create a community of respectful learners in my classroom, who value each other as individuals. Throughout the course of the year, I will integrate students’ personal lives and culture into the curriculum, thereby demonstrating the value history holds. The main objective for this course is for students to develop critical-thinking and perspective-taking skills.
The 6th grade social studies curriculum covers the following topics in ancient, classical, and medieval history:
- Ancient Greece
- Roman Empire
- Arabia and the Byzantine Empire
- Medieval Asia
- Medieval Europe
Please visit the rest of my website for information on curriculum, grading, useful links, and other information. Due dates and homework will be posted on Parent Portal. I'm looking forward to a wonderful year!