Seventh Grade Social Studies

Geography and Washington State History
Instructor:  Marc Costanza
Texts:  Our World; Washington:  A State of Contrasts
Content: 

  • Text as guide
  • One project per semester
  • Group activities
  • Films
  • Testing; Pop quizzes (when/if reading is required as homework)
  • Discussions/lectures
  • In the News due every Wednesday; Where in the World (begins in Winter)
    1. In the News—find an article on a recent event transpiring anywhere in the world although first few months are Washington centered (major means affecting a large number of people). Write one to two paragraphs analyzing the article:  explain, offer your opinion, and compare to other events.
  • Field Trip to Picket House (September); Ft. Ebey and Casey (Late October or early November) after Washington State Unit.

Focus:  Washington State history.  Sept to about Mid November.   Tests are open book.

There is also the chance to take a test by-pass (mini projects after each section, must be done by due date, all sections must be done to receive credit)

World History from Renaissance through 20th Century.  Tests will sometimes be open book, open note, or closed book.  There is also the chance to take a test by-pass (mini projects after each section, must be done by due date, all sections must be done to receive credit)

Grading:
Tests/quizzes:  30%
Participation/Behavior:  15%
Homework:  20%
Classwork:  15%

In The News:  20% (2nd Semester—10%, Where in the World 10%)

Projects:         First Semester—research paper and oral presentation on influential Washingtonian

Second Semester–Inventions of the Industrial Revolution

Exploration Unit
How a caravel works:  https://youtu.be/FZSOGgLpgPk