7th Grade Social Studies
Week of Jan. 20-24
Monday- No School (MLK day)
Tuesday- Transportation Revolution videos
Read and annotate Transportation Revolution handout
Transportation Revolution graphic organizer
Wednesday- Grand Conversation: Transportation Revolution handout
Writing prompt: How did the Transportation Revolution help shape our nation’s identity?
Study the 4 charts on p. 221-222
Answer the following questions:
Read Irish and German Immigration p. 223-225
Complete p. 226 US immigration 1840-1860
Friday- Read Leaving Europe p. 227-228
Complete the Split-page notes on p. 229
*All graphic organizers will be taken up for a grade
Week of Jan. 13-17
7th Grade American History
Unit 4: Expansion and Conflict
Claim: How does growth shape a nation’s identity?
Monday- Gallery walk with discussion questions on readings from p.213-219. Each group is responsible for teaching their topic through presentation of the gallery walk. Followed by class discussion and PowerPoint.
Discussion questions: What were the political and social reasons for annexing the Oregon territory, as well as California, Texas, and New Mexico? What was the economic reason for annexing these territories? What role did “Manifest Destiny” play in American territorial expansion? Do you think it was destiny for America to expand west? Why or why not? Did America expand its borders at the expense of other groups? Was this justified?
Tuesday- Read p. 245 North vs. South.
Students write a paragraph on economic and social differences between the North and South. Students should use both maps (p. 244) and the article (p. 245) to support their claims.
Wednesday- Define Industrialization.
a. the large-scale introduction of manufacturing, advanced technical enterprises, and other productive economic activity into an area, society, country, etc.
b. conversion to the methods, aims, and ideals, of industry and economic activity, particularly of an area that was previously underdeveloped economically.
Review p. 245 North and South
Begin jigsaw reading activity. Each group will be assigned one article and will be responsible for becoming an ‘expert’ on it. Articles are as follows:
The Rise of American Industry p. 247-248
The First American Factories p. 249-251
The South’s Economy p. 252-253
The Crowning of King Cotton p. 254-255
Thursday- Students will continue jigsaw activity.
Students will participate in a gallery walk of each group’s article. Complete p. 256 Analyzing America’s Divided Economy.
Class discussion, if time:
Friday- Students will finish the class discussion from Thursday.
Students will write a paragraph answering the following question: How was each region’s economy different, and why was America’s economy divided?
Begin reading assignment: The Transportation Revolution. (The reading will be handed out in class.)
*All graphic organizers for the week will be turned in for a grade