7th Social Studies Syllabus (Cooper)

Social Studies 7th Grade, 2018-2019

Penny Cooper


McGraw Hill; Discovering Our Past, A History of the World, Modern Times; Jackson J. Spielvogel, Ph.D.  Copyright 2014 McGraw-Hill Education


Course Content

Social Studies for 7th grade focuses on the study of ancient civilizations and their impact on our modern world. Seventh grade will study the fall of the Roman Empire through the Middle Ages and exploration of the Americas.  Students will study the geographical, social, economic, and political foundations for the Roman Empire through the exploration of the Americas.  They will analyze the shift from nomadic societies to agricultural societies. Students will study the development of civilizations, including the areas of Rome, Africa, China, Japan and the Islamic World to the Middle Ages and beyond.  The study of these civilizations will include the impact of geography, early history, cultural development and resources, and migration patterns.  The seventh grade will conclude with the Enlightenment and exploration.  This course will be the second concentrated study of world history and geography and will utilize appropriate informational texts and sources.

A more detailed list of these topics broken down can be found at: https://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/std_ss_gr_7.pdf

Each of the State Academic Standards is broken down by the Maury County Pacing Guide for 7th Grade Social Studies. Also listed in Pacing Guides are research topics for the 2016-2017 school year. To view this information, go to Maury County Pacing Guide. https://maurycountypublicschools.sharepoint.com/MCPS%20Middle%20School/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc={FDC38F08-BBB4-4A8C-B941-66EA32A7D589}&file=7th%20grade%20SS%20pacing%20guide.docx&action=default

Grading Policy

Student grades will be taken from Social Studies classwork, quizzes, homework and tests. After classroom instruction, any formative assessment grade counts 20% (quizzes, writing practice, etc). All summative assessments grades count 80% (unit tests). Any Project Base Learning Projects will have a combination of both – 20% checks and 80% for a final completion grade.

Procedure for Parent Access to Instructional Materials

A copy of the textbook will be issued to each student as well as any supplementary materials.