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7th Grade Social Studies Archive 2014-15

Page history last edited by beth 9 years ago

7th Grade Social Studies Class Page

Trimester 1

Week 1  August 25-29

Class Procedures and Introductions

Tools for Studying History

Early Civilizations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Week 2  September 2-5

Introduction to Japan

Map of Japan

Population simulation

Population vocabulary

Japanese Culture Today

***Notebook #1 due Friday, 9/5

Week 3  September 8-12

Japanese Traditions and Religion

Quiz- Population Vocabulary (Teacher will read the definition and student will write the proper terms. See class notes for terms and definitions.) Wednesday, 9/10 (moved from Tuesday, 9/9)

Cultural Diffusion in Japan

* On Thursday of this week there will be a special remembrance of the events and impact of September 11, 2001.

Week 4  September 15-19

Timeline of Japanese History

Timeline of Japanese History Research Project

The Golden Age of Japan- The Heian Period

Timeline of Japanese History Project due- Tuesday, 9/23

Japanese Tea Ceremony- Wednesday, 9/24

Week 5  September 22-26

Heian Day- Role Play

Timeline of Japanese History Project due- Tuesday, 9/23

Preparation for the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony- Wednesday, 9/24

Week  6  September 29-October 3

Feudal Japan

Age of the Samurai

Test on Early Japan- Thursday, October 2 and Notebook #2 is due.  (Study Notebooks #1 and 2 for test.)

Warring States Period and the Rise of the Tokugawa

Week 7  October 6-10

Samurai Ad due in class on Monday, 10/5

Film clips from "The Last Samurai"

Meiji Restoration  

Commodore Perry's "Black Ships" arrive in Japan 

Week 8  October 13-17

Meiji Restoration

Japan's Role in WWII's Pacific Theater

BBC's Hiroshima 

Week 9

BBC's Hiroshima 

Preparation and research for Atomic Bomb Debate

Guest Speaker on Japan

Student holiday- Friday, 10/24

***Notebook #3 due Wednesday, 10/22

Week 10  October 27-31

Research and Preparation for Atomic Bomb Debate

Atomic Bomb Debate- Thursday, 10/30

Debate follow up and reflection

Week 11  November 3-7

DIscuss:  Nuclear situation 1945-Present

National History Day theme discussion: "Leadership and Legacy in History" (We will begin thinking about individual topics over Thanksgiving Break)

Prepare for Veteran's Day Assembly on 11/11:  Medals of Honor

Introduction to China

BBC Documentary:  China Revealed

Week 12  November 10-14

Introduction to China

BBC Documentary:  China Revealed

Veterans Day Assembly- Medals of Honor

Map of China- Physical and Political Features

Week 13  November 17-25

Introduction to China 

BBC Documentary:  China Revealed (continued) 

Prepare for Portfolio Review

Map of China- Physical and Political Features

Places of Interest:  China

Grandfriend's Day Activity- Introduction to the National History Day Theme:  "Leadership and Legacy in History"

 

Trimester 2

Week 1 December 1-5

"The Chairman Smiles" continued

Propaganda in China and North Korea

Research for Propaganda project

Creating a Propaganda Poster Project

Week 2 12/8-12/12

Research propaganda topic 

Create propaganda poster 

Places of Interest in China-research

NHD topic selection (Students need to have 3 possible leaders from Asia, Africa or the Middle East chosen by Monday, December 15)

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Classroom Level of the National Geographic Geography Bee during SS Class on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Final Round of the National Geographic Geography Bee:  January 6, 2015 at 2pm in the Barn

Week 3 12/15-12/19

NHD topic selection (Students need to have 3 possible leaders from Asia, Africa or the Middle East chosen by Monday, 12/15)

Create propaganda poster

Classroom level Geography Bee in class on Wednesday, 12/17

Places of Interest in China-research

Week 4  1/5-1/9

National History Day project- final topic due 1/5; begin background research

National History Day project- 3 leadership qualities and 3 legacies of your leader

Guest Speaker- Tim Helfich "Tibet"

Week 5 January 12-16

National History Day project- working thesis due Tuesday, 1/13

Guest Speaker- Tim Helfich "Tibet"

NHD Research trip to the Main Branch of the Charlottle-Mecklenburg Public Library- Thursday, 1/15 (See details below)

Interesting Topics from China

Week 6  January 20-23

Notebooks due Tuesday, 1/20

Chinese Inventions

National History Day research and paper writing (you should also work on this at Worktime and at home)

Rough Draft of NHD Paper due Wednesday, 1/28 

Week 7 January 26-30

Chinese Invention Models

Chinese Invention Convention (Wednesday, 1/28)

National History Day research and paper writing (you should also work on this at Work Time and at home)

Rough Draft of NHD Paper due on GoogleDocs- Wednesday, 1/28

Week 8-9  February 2-10

NHD work day- Title Page, Paper, Annotated Bibliography

Introduction to Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Practice Spelling Test

Southeast Asia Map

The Vietnam War

*NHD Final Paper due- Friday, February 6 (2 copies of Title Page, Historical Paper, Annotated Bibliography

*Southeast Asia: Spelling Test- Tuesday, February 10

Week 8-9  February 2-10

NHD work day- Title Page, Paper, Annotated Bibliography

Introduction to Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Practice Spelling Test

Southeast Asia Map

Southeast Asia Mini-Book Project

The Vietnam War

*Southeast Asia: Spelling Test- Tuesday, February 10

Week 10  February 17-20

Introduction to Africa

Physical Geography of Africa

Physical Map of Africa

Notebook due Thursday, 2/19

Southeast Asia Mini-Book Project (due Monday, 2/23)

Week 11  February 23-27

Physical Map of Africa

Misconceptions about Africa

Regions of Africa

Research: Homes and Landscapes in Rural Africa

Notebook due- Tuesday, 2/24 (moved from Thursday, 2/19)

Southeast Asia Mini-Book Project (due Monday, 2/23)

Week 12  March 2-6

Research Project:  Homes and Landscapes of Rural Africa

Introduction to Southern Africa

African Countries Spelling Pre-Test (Spelling Test is Thursday, March 12)

Political Map:  Countries of Africa

Trimester 2

Week 13   March 9-13

"Amandla"- The power of music in making change in South Africa

Finish all Notebook #4 maps and pages

Portfolio Preparation:  Homes and Ecosystems on Rural Africa

Spelling Test- African Countries/Notebook #4 due (Thursday)

End of WInter Trimester.

Trimester 3

Week 1 March 16-20

Region of Southern Africa

Excerpts from A Girl Named Disaster

Indigenous Religions in Southern Africa

Region of Eastern Africa

Flora and Fauna on the Savannah

Week 2  March 23-27

Overview European Colonization of Africa- 19th and 20th Century

Burundi and Rwanda- Colonization and Conflict

"Amahoro" Burundi: Guest Speaker Christin Boone- Tuesday, 2pm. (There will be handmade items (satchels, pencil pouches, handbags, small electronics bags, etc.) for purchase for under $20.  These items support women's entrepreneurship in Burundi.) (ART/SS)

Kenya- Literature, Archaeology, and Independence

Guest Speaker on modern Kenya: Micheal Muchane

Test Review:  Southern and Eastern Africa  (Test Thursday, April 2)

Week 3  March 30-April 3

Conflict minerals in Eastern and Central Africa

Coltan Trade

Diamond Trade

Test:  Southern and Eastern Africa  (Thursday, April 2)

Week 4  April 13-17

Guest Speaker- Senegal

Introduce Final Project:  Architecture as Activism

West African History and Culture

North Africa- Morocco

Role Play- "Shopping at a Moroccan Souk"

Week 5  April 20-24

Architecture As Activism Project Research and Planning

Examples of Projects Around the World

Examples of Green Features

Greenest Companies in America

Week 6 April 27-May1

Continue Architecture as Activism Final Project in Science, Art and Math.

Ms. Robinson is on the 8th grade Washington, DC trip

Week 6 April 27-May 1

Continue Architecture As Activism Project Research and Planning in Science, Art and Math

Ms. Robinson is on the 8th grade Washington, DC trip. 

Week 7 May 3-7

North Africa Introduction

Architecture as Activism Field Experince

Architecture as Activism Action Plan

Week 8 May 10-14

North Africa Role Play:  A Moroccan Souk

Egypt Introduction

Ancient Egypt

Film:  Unlocking the Secrets of the Rosetta Stone

Week 9  May 18-22

Notebooks due Thursday, 5/21

Introduction to India

Hinduism in India

Guest Speaker:  Important Things You Should Know About India

Background on Pakistan and Afghanistan

Novel:  The Breadwinner (bring to class on Thursday)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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