• 7th Grade Social Studies

    In October of 2018, Arizona adopted new standards for social studies instruction. This year, Amphitheater district will be rolling out those standards. In 7th grade, our curriculum is called “Integrated Global Studies”. Our studies will focus on themes instead of a time-line of events in US History. These themes include revolution, depression, imperialism, global conflicts, and government/economic systems. We’ll explore numerous examples of all of these themes. Below is a preliminary schedule that should be pretty solid, but I do reserve the right to make a few changes as needed. It's always tough to tell how our pacing will go when we're dealing with new curriculum.

    1st Semester (subject to change):

    - Government/Economic Systems

    - Scientific Revolution/Enlightenment

    - Revolutions Around the World

    - Industrialization

    - Imperialism

     2nd Semester (subject to change):

    - Global Conflict: World War 1

    - Depression

    - Global Conflict: World War 2

    - Global Conflict: Cold War

    - Global Conflict: Modern Wars

     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. When discussing these varying viewpoints, students may hear opinions they disagree with. That's okay. They may hear opinions other than the ones they're hearing at home. That's okay, too. I'm a firm believer in communication as the primary method for resolving conflicts of opinion. Sometimes that communication may be poorly worded, or not be spoken with clarity or with the desired intent. Sometimes we filter someone else's words through our own personal beliefs and we "hear" something that wasn't said or intended. We will learn to talk through these issues in this room. We will learn how to speak, and be heard, in this room.

    Please note, however, 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. Each child has a story and a background.  "Who they are" will be respected, always. Being kind is not a political issue, and nobody has ever changed someone else's mind by being mean. We will be kind to one another in this room. 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. It's not my place to push an agenda or promote one idea over another. (Except, of course, for Green Bay Packers football- my indoctrination attempts will come early and often. Obviously.)

    Communication:

    I communicate with students and parents primarily through the "Remind" texting service. You can learn more about Remind here. (Parents, be sure to read Remind's Terms of Service and Privacy policy here.) You can get my Remind class code here. I can also be reached via email and phone, although I will forewarn you- I do not answer my phone during the day and I typically respond to emails before voicemails.

    Syllabus:

    Click here for the class syllabus. Students and parents should be familiar with this document. (Much of this is not relevent for Remote Learning by Necessity instruction.)

    Textbook resources:

    Click the book for additional online resources.

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