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7th Social Studies Black Day
Instructor: Haldeman, Lyssa   


            Welcome to 7th grade social studies! My goals for the upcoming year are to make social studies exciting and challenging, with an emphasis on critical thinking, civic responsibility both locally and internationally, and applying the curriculum to the world.

The grades you receive in this class will reflect your participation in activities, the effort you put into your work, and the quality of your work.  The way to get a satisfactory grade in this class is to come to class prepared (pens/pencils, notebook, and homework), to participate actively in class activities, and to put forth your best effort in all the work you do.  If you have a positive attitude and do your best you will be successful.  This is guaranteed!


An integral aspect of the 7th grade curriculum is looking at historical events using the process of historical inquiry. Throughout the year, students will focus employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading as they analyze primary sources and seek to come to their own conclusions about a historical question.  Instead of memorizing historical facts, students will evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues and make historical claims backed by documentary evidence.


What happens today is history tomorrow. Understanding the important events taking place in our nation is a critical part of understanding our international, national and local government; therefore you will be required to keep pace with current events as a part of this course. This means that roughly every two to three weeks you will have an open note quiz on current issues and be required to keep track of them in a notebook.


This year each student will need to bring in $1 to pool per class period to support and learn about microfinance loans. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals (in this case each class period) lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. For more information go to


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Discussion Topics
 Dark Ages Primary Source Activity
Inside this folder are all of the documents needed to complete dark ages primary source activity.
 National History Day
All the papers that you could ever need for NHD
Africa Document Based Question
 China Invention Stations.doc
China Invention Stations
 emperor poster guidelines.pdf
Emperor Poster Guidelines
For Carol Sharp
 Islam - Science and Art.docx
Homework for students missing class the week of January 21st, 2014
Explanation of the reasons why Rome fell
Twitter Assignment
 Vocabulary for middle Ages Unit.docx
Vocabulary for the Middle Ages Unit
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