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


    *Tentative Dates

    Social Studies Content



    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







    ✦      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.