7th Grade Social Studies
The curriculum for 7th grade is American history ranging from, roughly, the Civil War through the Great Depression. There are also standards for economics and geography. Detailed social studies standards can be found here.
- Early America (quick review)
- Pre-Civil War / Sectionalism
- Civil War
- Progressive Era
- World War 1
- Roaring 20's
What We Do Here:
My primary goal in teaching history is to make it interesting for your child. There are so many wonderful stories throughout history, and I strive to bring them to life as much as I can.
I'm not really a "memorize dates" kind of guy. It's far more important to me that your child understand who these people in the past were, how they reacted to various events, and then relate those events and reactions to things we're dealing with today. That's the point of studying history, right?
Our textbook is a great example of informational text, so we will be focusing on a crucial academic skill: comprehending informational text. This will not be a favorite activity, but it is an essential one. At times, we will break our chapters down paragraph by paragraph, and even sentence by sentence, to find out what is truly being stated. We will work on different methods of note-taking. We will use guided reading sheets and study guides. For many of the sections we cover students will take quizzes (either on remote control clickers or on paper, depending on student preference.)
Each week we will also review current events and relate them, when possible, to the historical events we will be learning. It is important for students to be aware of events going on in our world. Our discussions on current events very often lead to a wide variety of opinions. It is my expectation, and rule, that we all speak to each other respectfully at all times. My room is a safe place where everyone is allowed to speak his or her thoughts without the fear of ridicule or scorn. Their stories, backgrounds, and "who they are" will be respected. I take this seriously.
Having said that, I will challenge your child's thinking. I will respectfully disagree with them and expect them to defend their positions. I will offer them different viewpoints and perspectives. I will push them to develop their critical thinking skills; to understand why they believe as they do. If they believe red is the best color ever I will give them a dozen reasons why blue is better and then urge them to convince me otherwise. What I will not do is tell them what to think or push an agenda. (Except, of course, for Green Bay Packers football- my indoctrination attempts will come early and often. Obviously.)
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