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7th Grade Social Studies Weekly Agenda

7th Grade

January 13-17



  1. Westward Reading Handout & Questions (GRADE/due Tuesday 1/14)

  2. Examine Data Charts on Immigraton in the U.S. (p.221-222)

  3. Whole Class Discussion Questions:

a. What three groups immigrated to the U.S. in the largest numbers?

b. What year showed the largest number of immigrants coming to the U.S.? Why?

c. Which two port cities saw the largest number of immigrants enter the U.S.? Why? 

d. Why was there such a large number of undocumented or “not specified” immigrants entering the United States from 1841-1860?

e. What might have caused the rapid decline in immigrants entering the U.S. from 1851-1860?

  1. Irish and German Immigration (p.223-225)

  2. Graphic Organizer: United States Immigration, 1840-1860 (p.226)

  3. Discuss the types of challenges immigrants experienced when moving to the United States. 

a. What were the three most common problems the Irish, German, Chinese and Italian immigrants faced in the United States?

b. What type of economic discrimination did immigrants face?

c. Why were immigrants unable to find jobs?

d. Who were the Know-Nothings?

e. What kind of political and religious issues did immigrants experience in the United States?



  1. 7th Grade Social Studies Benchmark Test Part I

  2. Activity on Challenges Immigrants Experienced



  1. 7th Grade Social Studies Benchmark Test Part II

  2. Activity on Challenges Immigrants Experienced



  1. Turn in Letter Activity (GRADE)

  2. Answer Unit 4 Topic 2 Key Questions #1 & #2

  3. Define Industrialization 

  4. Introduction to Industrialization (p.243)

  5. View on board: Population Engaged in Manufacturing and Trade, 1840 (Map) & Agricultural Production (1860)

  6. Discussion about the information contained in each map:

a. Where did the majority of manufacturing in America occur?

b. What can this map tell us about the economy of The North?

c. Where did the majority of agriculture in America occur?

d. What can this map tell us about the economy of The South?

e. In comparing these two maps, does the economy of the South seem diversified? What about the economy of The North?



  1. North & South (p.245-246) 

  2. Whole Class Discussion:

a. How was agriculture different in The North and The South?

b. What is different about population and urban areas in The North and The South?

c. How was transportation different in The North and The South?

d. What does this article tell us about the main economies in The North? and The South?



7th Grade

January 6-10



  1. Finish Unit 3 Review

  2. Pass Out Unit 4 Student Resource Book & 4.1 Question Set

  3. Destiny Definition & Manifest Destiny Meaning

  4. Whole Class Discussion



  1. Discuss Push/Pull Factor

  2. Factors Influencing Western Expansion p.207-211

  3. Graphic Organizer: Factors Influencing Expansion Notes Sheet p.212



  1. Interactive Map/Class Discussion Questions

        a. At what time periods did the greatest rates of U.S. territorial expansion occur?

        b. Did the U.S. expand steadily, or were there periods where the U.S. expanded more than others?

       2. American Expanding Borders p.213-219

  1. Graphic Organizer: Analyzing America’s Expanding Borders p.220



  1. Finish American Expanding Borders p.213-220

        a. What were the political and social reasons for annexing the Oregon territory, as well as California, Texas, and New Mexico?

        b. What was the economic reason for annexing these territories?

        c. What role did “Manifest Destiny” play in American territorial expansion?

       d. Do you think it was destiny for America to expand west? Why or why not?

       e. Did America expand its borders at the expense of other groups? Was this justified?

       HOMEWORK: Westward Reading Handout & Questions  GRADE!



  1. Paragraph Writing:

          How were American Borders expanded & what were the political, social, and economic reason for doing so?