• Course Outline for 7th Grade Humanities: 2017-2018

    *Tentative Dates

    Social Studies Content



    September  - October

    Culture and Community



    Strong Paragraph Structure


    Personal Narratives


    Culture Study


    Create a Continent

    ✦      Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

    ✦      CultureGrams database

    ✦      Informational articles and videos about community gardens


    October  - November

    Sub-Saharan Africa

    Expository/Informational Essays


    Retelling African Folktales


    ✦      Ancient African Oral History - Folktales

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

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

    November  - January

    Medieval Societies


    Expository/Informational Essays


    Persuasive Essays


    ✦      Literature Circles/Socratic Seminars: Catherine, Called BirdyCrispin and/or King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table

    ✦      Variety of Informational Texts

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

    January - February

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

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

    ✦      Across the Centuries – 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: linking the history of Washington State to world and local history







    ✦      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.  Writing, reading, and projects are subject to change.

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