• Course Outline for 7th Grade Humanities: 2018-2019

     

    *Tentative Dates

    Social Studies Content

    Writing/Projects

    Reading

    September  - October

    Silk Road – Trade Routes

     

     

    Journal Writing and Brainstorming

     

    Strong Paragraph Structure

     

    Personal Narratives

    ✦      Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

     

    ✦      Informational Texts from the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (focus on reading informational texts for understanding and taking interactive notes)

    October  - November

    Sub-Saharan Africa

    Expository/Informational Essays

     

    Retelling African Folktale

    ✦      Ancient African Oral History – Folktales

    ✦      Facing the Lion by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton

    ✦      Informational Texts: Ancient Empires and Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, Songhai, Zimbabwe, Swahili Trading States and the Kongo

    ✦      Across the Centuries textbook- Unit 3: Chapters 5 and 6

    November  - December

    Middle Ages in Europe

     

    Expository/Informational Essays (research)

     

    Persuasive Essays

     

    ✦      Various documents from the Stanford History Education Group delving into the question, “Were the Middle Ages the Dark Ages?”

    ✦      Variety of Informational Texts

    ✦      Folktales from the Middle Ages

    ✦      Across the Centuries textbook - Unit 5: Chapters 10-11

    January - February

    Early American Civilizations with a focus on the Aztec and Incas and arrival of the Spanish

    Focus on improving structure of essays: organization, style, content, conventions

    ✦      Across the Centuries textbook – Chapters 15-16

    ✦      Short primary and secondary source documents provided by the Stanford History Education Group

    ✦      Variety of Informational Texts

    February  - June

    Washington State History: with a focus on connecting our local history to that of Washington State

     

    Narrative

     

    Expository

     

    Persuasive

    ✦      Washington: A State of Contrasts  

    ✦      Looking Like the Enemy by Mary Matsuda Gruenwald

    ✦      Vashon-Maury Island, Washington

    by Bruce Haulman and Jean Cammon Findlay

    *  The dates noted are tentative and are subject to change as needed.  

    **  This Course Outline reflects our primary focus for the year, but it is not a comprehensive list.