7th Grade Social Studies

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Ms. Scanlon

7th Grade Social Studies

Ms. Scanlon & Mr. Kahan

Curriculum Overview

 Guiding Questions:

Is America a land of opportunity? Have all Americans always had the same opportunities?

Topics of Study:


September – October

First Contact: The Native Americas & European Explorers


What did the Americas look like before European colonization? What led to the Age of Exploration? Why were small groups of poorly prepared European colonists able to defeat much bigger native societies? What was happening in Western Africa at this time?


November - December

What Began at Jamestown: British Colonies & The American Revolution


What were the political, economic, and religious roots of colonial settlements in the Americas? How did slavery help create America? Was the American Revolution truly a revolution for all people in the U.S.? Would you have been a revolutionary in 1776?


The Development of an American Identity and Nation



What kind of government did the new leaders of the U.S. create? Why did the Founding Fathers keep slavery in the Constitution? What are your rights as Americans and as young people?


Western Expansion & “A More Perfect” Union


How did Manifest Destiny shape the American West? Why is Andrew Jackson’s face on the $20 bill? Should the states have the right to ignore the laws of the national government? Should resistance to oppression be violent or peaceful?



The Civil War


What were the causes of the Civil War? What was the experience of the Civil War like for different groups of Americans? Was the Civil War inevitable?


  1. A composition notebook. 
  2.  A folder to keep all of your handouts and articles.
  3. 2. Blue and black pens and pencils.



Projects: 25%

  • Scholars will lose 5 percentage points for each day a project is late.

Notebooks: 20%

  • This is the same system you used last year with Ms. Breach. See notebook requirement handout.

Homework: 20%

  • Standards based HW will be given approximately 1-3 times a week. Students will receive a 3 (fully mastered), 2 (mostly mastered), 1 (partially mastered) or 0 (not mastered) on each assignment. See separate rubric for more information.
  • Check based HW will be given approximately 2-4 times a week. These will be graded using the traditional grading system.

Tests & Quizzes: 20%

Participation/Conduct/Effort: 15%

  • Scholars should participate in class discussions; volunteer to answer questions; and stay focused and on task to earn these grades.

Daily Classroom Procedures

  • Come to class prepared and on time.
  • When you enter the room, quietly take your assigned seat and immediately begin working on the Do Now in your social studies notebook.
  • Treat all classroom supplies with care.
  • You may drink water in class and eat healthy snacks that don’t leave crumbs.
  • You may go to the bathroom during independent work time. You may not leave the room during teacher-led instruction.
  • When you leave the classroom, make sure there is no trash around you, that all supplies are put away, and that your chair is pushed in.

How Students Can Succeed

  • Participate in class! Ask questions and debate ideas with your classmates and me.
  • Keep up your notebook up to date and organized.
  • Write the homework down in your planner everyday.
  • Check E-Chalk every day: all assignments and materials will be posted there.
  • Check Engrade regularly.
  • Clean out your folder/backpack after we finish a unit.

How Parents Can Help

  • Actively check E-chalk, Engrade, your Mott Hall II email, and your child’s planner.
  • Discuss local, national, and international current events with your child.
  • Look at a map with your child.