7th Grade History
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Welcome to 7th Grade History!

This year we are studying the United States in the 20th Century. Throughout the year, we will learn about the "good, the bad, and the ugly", recognizing that even with all our ups and downs, what an AMAZING country we live in!
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Below is a brief synopsis of the main focus of the unit, so you can engage in family discussions at home around the topics we will be learning about in class. In addition, check for files that will include helpful documents such as study guides, class activities, assignment grading rubrics, etc. Occasionally we will also add links that may provide some fun and useful additional information.

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Welcome to the 1940s with the ending of the Great Depression and the ramping-up for World War II. This in many ways is the turning point of modern world history, and certainly US History in the 20th Century. Because it is such a pivotal event, we will be spending most of January and February learning about this monumental fight of good v. evil, between democracies and dictatorships.

Look for students adding to a timeline of key events in addition to working on their unit study guide (See below for the link)throughout the unit.

Related to our WWII unit and part of the Core Knowledge sequence, we will be completing and memorizing a map of Western Europe. Students will also  complete maps of individual key countries and their capital cities, as well as learn about their various cultures.
Map directions are posted below.

English-History Research Paper:
Finally, we will also be working on a joint English and History research paper over the next several weeks. Students will...

·  Choose their topic (Look at list posted below; number your top 5 picks on the list - due by Monday, January 8)

·  Find resources at school (TCA library books, PPLD books [Must have library card number and password], PPLD database articles, World Book Encyclopedia online, etc.

·  Learn how to write a thesis, note cards, works cited page, an outline, and a 5-paragraph paper with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

·  We will learn how to do each step at school with some time in class to begin; but students will also need to keep weekly deadlines (See 7th Grade Calendar), which will likely require time at home as well. Students should keep all their research materials in either their English binder, or a separate binder for just the research project, and bring it to both English and History class every day for the next two months.

Miss Hemphill

Mrs. Sloan