Very Important Update!: Parents and Students: Yesterday afternoon an update in PowerSchools has erased ALL grades that I have entered thus far this quarter. This has happened to other teachers as well. A few days ago I was made aware of this possibility and printed my grade book. As soon as I am told that I can re-enter everything without the possibility of losing them again I will do so. I apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patients.
Welcome to 7th Grade Social Studies!
Curriculum for 2013-2014
Seventh graders study the world from the Age of Exploration to contemporary times in order to understand the implications of increased global interactions. The focus will remain on the discipline of geography by using the themes of location, place, movement, human-environmental interaction and region to understand modern societies and regions. This course will guide students through patterns of change and continuity with a focus on conflict and cooperation, economic development, population shifts, political thought and organization, cultural values and beliefs and the impact of environment overtime. Through an investigation of the various factors that shaped the development of societies and regions in the modern world and global interactions, students will examine both similarities and differences.
Come prepared to class EVERY day with a pen or pencil. Due to the demands of this curriculum and in order to abide by the pacing guide, spending time looking for a pen or pencil or asking classmates is a disruption to the start of class. I am not able to provide students with pencils in class.
This class can sometimes be very active class as you will be completing many tasks with a partner or in small groups. It is very important to stay focused on the task. This is a major component of the Common Core Curriculum.
Each week students will receive a vocabulary list along with an activity that will be due every Wednesday. The weekly list will be located under "Files" on this school notes page. I will check homework at the beginning of class on Thursday and briefly go over the words and see if there are any questions. We will have a quiz on those words every Friday.
Most importantly I want students to have fun while learning. There will be some fun and exciting activities such as making videos, role play, and review games. I am looking forward to a great year! Please email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns.
August 26-30, 2013
Monday: PBIS Lessons (Fire Drill Procedures and Auditorium Behavior
Tuesday: PBIS Lessons (Fire Drill Procedures and Auditorium Behavior)
Wednesday: Classroom Procedures
Thursday: Setting up binders and passing out curriculum
Friday: Pass out vocabulary list #1 and assignment (due Wednesday, September 4. Quiz will be on Thursday
September 2-6, 2013
Tuesday: Teaching how to annotate text. Begin study of the Silk Road
Wednesday: Vocabulary assignment due. Complete DBQ (Document Based Question) on Exploration. HW. Vocabulary quiz tomorrow
Thursday: Quiz on vocabulary list #1. Begin Discovery Ed video on exploration and begin completing a worksheet that goes with the video
Friday: TEACHER WORKDAY
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In order to give you an extra day to study the vocabulary words for the week, vocabulary assignments will now be due on Wednesday's. The quiz will still be every Friday.
September 9-13, 2013
Monday: Receive vocabulary list #2 and assignment. Due Wednesday. Finish Discovery Ed. video and worksheet. Complete DBQ on exploration that was not given out last Wednesday.
Tuesday: Examine the fall of Constantinople. Annotate reading. Begin "Walk around survey" relating to the Constantinople reading.
Wednesday: Vocabulary List #2 Due. Group mapping activity. Routes of the Silk Road and exploration by sea.
Thursday: Read and annotate primary document on Prince Henry the navigator. Answer questions relating to the document. Will be completed on Monday, September 16th.
Friday: Vocabulary Quiz.
September 16-20, 2013
Monday: Period 5 and 6. (Review Vocabulary Quiz from Friday). All Class periods will receive vocabulary list #3 and assignment. Due Wednesday. All students will read and annotate "Prince Henry the Navigator" worksheet.
Tuesday: Constitution Day Activity. Begin R.A.F.T. activity on Explorers.
Wednesday: Vocabulary Assignment #3 due. Continue with the R.A.F.T activity
Thursday: Finish R.A.F.T
Friday: Complete Columbian Exchange Packet #1. Conference with every student for make up work and organization of binders.
UPDATE: Unit #1 Test will now be on Wednesday, September 25th.
September 23-27, 2013
UPDATE: STUDY GUIDE IS NOW POSTED!
Monday: Complete Colombian Exchange Packet #2. Go over both packets in class.
Tuesday: Review for test on Unit #1.
Wednesday: Test on Vocabulary and Unit #1
Thursday: Go over test
Friday: EARLY RELEASE
PROGRESS REPORT UPDATE: Due to technical difficulties with the system, I have not been able to print reports. However, over the weekend, it was working for a short period of time which allowed me to input all grades. I will print the reports to send home as soon as possible. I apologize for the inconvenience. Please email anytime if you have concerns about any assignments.
September 30- October 4, 2013
Monday: Receive vocabulary list #4 and assignment. Due Wednesday.
Tuesday: Ms. Bryant our 7th grade counselor will be giving a presentation. Homework for tonight. Vocabulary packet. Quiz Friday.
Wednesday: European colonization of Africa. Political cartoon analysis.
Thursday: European Colonization activity continued....HW: Quiz tomorrow.
Friday: Vocabulary Quiz
October 7-11, 2013
Monday: Receive vocabulary list #5 and assignment. Due Wednesday. Periods 1,3,5. Analyzed map of European claims to land in America, specifically, France, England, and Spain. Outline the borders of the land claimed. Debate which country had the advantage for settling based on location using geographic features such as mountains an rivers.
Period 7: Vocabulary Quiz
Tuesday: Analyze map of European claims to land in Africa, specifically, Dutch, France, England, and Spain. Outline the borders of the land claimed. Debate which country had the advantage for settling based on location using geographic features such as rivers, jungles, and deserts.
Wednesday: Slave Ship Simulation (guest: Mr. Francis)
Thursday: Review vocabulary and begin a packet that discusses the four step process in the Atlantic Slave Trade. Students will work in groups to analyze pictures relating to each step and answer questions. HW: Quiz tomorrow.
Friday: Vocabulary Quiz: Continue working on the Slave Trade packet.
October 14-18, 2013
Monday: Finish Slave Trade Packet: No vocabulary assignment this week. There will be a test on Colonization either this Thursday or Friday depending when all material is covered. Friday is early release and I will teach all classes except 1st period. NOTE: A review sheet will be given out prior to the test and it will also be posted on this page.
Tuesday: Discuss Imperialism and the Berlin Conference. King Leopold and the rubber trade and its impact on the Congo in Central Africa.
Wednesday: Video on France and their control of North America during the time of Colonization.
Thursday: Review for Test on Colonization
Friday: EARLY RELEASE DAY: Review for test on Colonization MONDAY!
October 21-25, 2013
Monday: Begin study of Absolutism. Watch short video.
Tuesday: Read through quotes from the period of absolutism period.
Wednesday: Enlightenment Packet Silent Reading
Thursday: Discuss packet and importance of each philosopher during the Enlightenment as it pertains to the foundation of the government of the United States as ell as some countries in Europe and South America
Friday: Research a philosopher of the Enlightenment using the IPADS.
END OF QUARTER 1
October 28- November 1, 2013
Monday: TEACHER WORKDAY
Tuesday: Complete Sports card activity on Philosophers of the Enlightenment period. HW: Review for benchmark test on Thursday. Review sheets for Units 1 and 2 are posted on this site. Review sheet for Unit 3 will be passed out in class tomorrow and posted on my site
Wednesday: Review for 1st Quarter Benchmark. Units 1-3.
Thursday: Social Studies Benchmark. Units 1-3
Friday: Social Studies Benchmark. Units 1-3
November 4 - November 8, 2013
Monday: Causes of the American Revolution. Students will read and take notes from a packet on the American Revolution. Notes will be used to create a timeline of the events and people involved leading up to the conflict.
Tuesday: Students will partner up to create a timeline booklet combining their notes.
Wednesday: Continue with timeline activity
Thursday: Finish timeline activity.
Friday: Early Release
November 11 - 15, 2013
Monday: NO SCHOOL: VETERANS DAY
Tuesday: Discovery Education: United Streaming video on the causes of the American Revolution
Wednesday: Periods 1 and 3: Analyze quotes from Thomas Paine's "Common Sense". Periods 5 and 7. Students will write a letter to the King of England declaring independence.
Thursday: Periods 1 and 3 will write a letter to the King of England declaring independence. Periods 5 and 7 will begin to read and annotate a packet on the causes of the French Revolution
Friday: Periods 1 and 3 will begin to read and annotate a packet on the causes of the French Revolution. Periods 5 and 7 will finish packet reading.
November 18 - 22, 2013
NOTE: Unit 4 Test on Friday!
Monday: Using the French Revolution packet, students will create a graphic organizer on the causes of the French Revolution. HW: Complete French Revolution case study worksheet.
Tuesday: Go over homework. Students will analyze primary documents relating to the French Revolution.
Wednesday: Go over first Social Studies Benchmark.
Thursday: Review for test. HW: Study for test.
Friday: Test on American and French Revolutions
December 2-6, 2013
Monday: Introduce Industrialization: Take Industrialization pretest: Watch 20 minute video. Students will list inventions discussed in the video and write the historical significance of each invention. Industrialization vocab list will be passed out. HW: Vocab sheet due Thursday. Quiz Friday.
Tuesday: Finish inventions list and impacts among small groups. Read “Beginnings of Industrialization” Chapter 9: Section 1. Write and answer questions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Wednesday: “Industrialization” Chapter 9, Section 2. Write and answer questions 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. HW: Read and annotate article on "Child Labor". HW: Finish vocabulary activity. Pass out INVENTION TOPIC, RUBRIC, and NOTE TAKING HANDOUTS.
Thursday: Check Vocab HW: Introduce POWTOONS via projector. Show tutorials in class. HW: TELL STUDENTS TO BRING EAR BUDS for Monday.
Friday: Vocabulary Quiz: COMPUTER LAB. Research only. Complete Note Taking Sheet. If time, Sign up for POWTOON and WATCH INTRO VIDEOS again. HW: TELL STUDENTS TO BRING EAR BUDS for Monday.
December 9-13, 2013
Monday: COMPUTER LAB. POWTOONS: Create 40 to 50 second commercial promoting their invention.
Tuesday: Continue with POWTOON commercials
Wednesday: NEWS ARTICLE WRITING DAY/NOTES FROM RESEARCH. Write a news article promoting your invention.
Thursday: Industrial Revolution DBQ’s
Friday: Nationalism DBQ. Imperialism DBQ
December 16-20, 2013
Monday: Project Due: Collect News Article: Present POWTOON Commercials
Tuesday: One day late: 80. Finish POWTOON presentations. Review sheet for HW.
Wednesday: Two days late 70. Review for test of Industrialization, Imperialism, and Nationalism.
Thursday: Four days late: 60. Test on Industrialization, Imperialism, and Nationalism.
Friday: Five days late: 50
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