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7th Grade Social Studies Weekly Agenda

7th Grade Social Studies


Week of September 16-20

Monday- Bellringer:  Turn to page 9 in your Student Resource Booklet.

Create a timeline with your group.  Events on the timeline should start with the Treaty of Paris 1763 and end with the writing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. 50 point grade.

Declaration of Independence Test on Wednesday

Tuesday- Bellringer:  Turn to page 46 in your SRB and begin reading American and British strengths and weaknesses pages 46-47.

With your group, complete the Revolutionary War Advantages and Disadvantages graphic organizer p. 48.

Class Discussion

  • Why were the American colonies unprepared for war?
  • What was the greatest strength for the American colonies?
  • How did geography contribute to the strengths of the colonies?

Examine the beginning of the American Revolution. Class discussion.

  • How long could the colonies and the British continue on the same path?
  • Was war inevitable?
  • Why were the colonies willing to risk their lives over taxes?

Answer the before reading questions on p. 50-51 First Shots anticipation guide.

Read p. 49 and then finish the after reading questions on the anticipation guide.

Wednesday- Bellringer:  Study for Declaration of Independence Test

Complete Declaration of Independence Test

Finish p. 49-51.

Class Discussion

  • Where were the first shots of the revolution fired?
  • Who were Paul Revere and William Dawes?
  • How did the 2nd Continental Congress feel about fighting Great Britain?

Read p. 52-53 and answer the graphic organizer on p. 54 Impact of the Revolution on the Homefront

Thursday- Bellringer:  How did the revolutionary war affect women? Native Americans? African Americans?

Continue reading p. 52-53 and finish p. 54 Impact of the Revolution on the Homefront

Class Discussion

  • What is the best strategy to use when you have a small army?
  • What do you think was the main battle strategy for the Continental Army?  Explain your answer.

Jigsaw reading of colonial victories in the war pages 55-59

Groups will be assigned different readings and will present their information to other groups.

Complete the graphic organizer on p. 60

Friday- Bellringer:  What happened at the Battle of Trenton?

Continue group reading of p. 55-59

Complete p. 60

Read Valley Forge on p. 61-62.

Take Split page notes on Valley Forge p. 63



*All graphic organizers for the week will be turned in for a grade.


Week of Sept. 9-13


Monday- Bellringer:  Name the difference between a Patriot and a Loyalist.

Review Intolerable Acts p. 34-35

Class Discussion

What common theme can be found in each of the Intolerable Acts?

Did the King of England and Parliament any other choice when they passed the Intolerable Acts? Why or Why Not?

What effect did the Intolerable Acts have on the rest of the colonies?

Read p. 37-38 First Continental Congress. Identify the who, what, when, where, and why. P. 39

Class Discussion

Why were they meeting?

What are some of the accomplishments that came out of the meetings?

Exit Ticket


Tuesday- Bellringer:  What was the purpose of the First Continental Congress?

Read p. 40 Second Continental Congress.  Identify the who, what, when, where, and why. P. 39

Class Discussion

What did the 1st and 2nd Cont. Congresses have in common?

Why were they meeting?

What are some of the accomplishments that came out of the meetings?

Exit Ticket


Wednesday-  Bellringer: What was the purpose of the Second Continental Congress?

Read p. 41 Excerpts from Common Sense.  Annotate the Text. Answer the guided reading questions on p. 42-43

Class Discussion.

Read and examine p. 44 Excerpts from the Declaration of Independence.  Annotate the text. Class discussion and notes.

Declaration of Independence worksheet.  Declaration of Independence Test Next Week 

Exit ticket


Thursday- Bellringer:  What are unalienable rights?

Continue examining the Declaration of Independence p. 44. 

Class Discussion

Begin writing process for essay.

Essay:  Using the sources and your knowledge of U.S. history, write an essay in which you explain in detail why the colonists were or were not justified in declaring independence from Great Britain.  Include an explanation of the effects of their decision in your response.  Be sure to acknowledge the different perspectives and support your position with evidence from the texts and prior knowledge of the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 



Finish Essay by the end of class.


*All graphic organizers will be taken up for a grade.