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Let’s be honest, seventh grade is a unique year in a child’s (and a teacher’s) life. It takes a special kind of patience to teach middle school, and particularly seventh grade. So, look no further than these 50 tricks, ideas, and tips for teaching seventh graders from our community of teachers on the WeAreTeachers Helpline and around the w

1. Connect the Middle School Years

Seventh graders don’t understand how each year builds on the one before, so you’ll have to make it explicit for them. Use the upcoming year’s syllabi to set goals for summer work. For example, reading four short stories that take place during the Civil War to prepare them for studying the Civil War in eigth grade or, read five science articles to prepare them to work with current events in science class. Get more ideas for teaching 7th grade from Lessons from the Middle.

2. Start the Year with Ice Breakers and Review

“Do a day of getting-to-know-you and then check for prior understanding of content. I teach social studies, so some maps and a quick review of topics they should have been exposed to.” –Beth T.

“I teach seventh grade English and actually had BINGO posted the first day but changed a few to specifics about our city/school. In addition to BINGO I made a classroom scavenger hunt students completed in groups…Making time for procedures in between is, of course, critical for the year as well.” –Erin B.

 

3. Don’t Assume that Yes means Yes

“Asking ‘do you understand?’ is the wrong question when you’re teaching 7th grade. They will always ‘yes’ you to death. Instead, after you have explained what to do, ask five people to tell you what they’re supposed to do. After that’s over, if someone still asks a question, get one of the students to answer the question to the whole class.” –Kym M.

 

4. Don’t Assume that they Remember (or Heard) the Directions

“After I give directions, I ask, ‘what are your questions?’ Then, wait time…make them uncomfortable for a minute or two, until someone asks a question…then the questions will flow and you’ll get to see what you need to clarify.” –William W.

 

5. Teach a Growth Mindset

Put simply—some people believe that intelligence is fixed, while others think that it’s malleable depending on effort. Identify your students who have a fixed mindset, those who see having to try as a threat to their intelligence, and build a culture that fosters a growth mindset. Check out this interactive quiz and TED Talks to learn more “fixed” and “growth” mindset.

 

6. Don’t Think they Don’t Care

Blogger Lessons from the Middle suggests finding a place for student mementos and thank you cards. You’ll want to review them on the days that make you feel like middle schoolers are the ficklest of creatures.

 

7. Get to Know Your Students’ Brains

Middle school brains are changing every day. After infancy, this is the time when kids’ brains are growing and reshaping the most. Know what’s happening in your students’ minds by reading books like Age of Opportunity by Laurence Steinberg. As Lessons from the Middle writes, “so many times I have found myself thinking, “Why did he do that? Why would she take that risk? Didn’t he consider what would happen based on that choice?” Well, now you’ll know.

 

8. Do Deck out your Classroom Library with Seating

“I use the camping chairs and my kids love them.” –Martha C.

“I got pillows from thrift stores, cheap pillow cases, and made my own covers. I let my students sit on the floor or lay under their desks to write and read if they feel the need.” –Linda W.

“Get camp chairs, you can get quite a collection for cheap and they take up little space when folded up.” –Deanna J.

9. Be Specific when Giving Directions, like Very Specific

“The biggest shock for me about teaching 7th grade was how detailed and specific I needed to be in giving direction. Assume they don’t know anything.” –Tiffany P.

 

10. Break Out all your Organization Skills

“Be ORGANIZED. Have a procedure for everything.” –Pam W.

 

11. Let Students Write the Book

Lessons from the Middle uses Picaboo Yearbooks to turn student writing, in this case, memoirs and student artwork, into bound books that students can take home.

 

12. Create a Foolproof Lesson Plan

“You need a foolproof lesson plan (one that you’ll love to teach and they’ll love to participate in) to pull out of the air during high-stress times.” –Lisa A . 

Here are five we love for the days when you’re seriously exhausted.

 

13. Class Dojo Works for Teaching 7th Grade Too

“Get Class Dojo on your smartphone and the computer. It’s a great classroom management tool.” –Kathy K.

 

14. Laugh (and Laugh Some More)

“My best advice after teaching 7th grade for 13 years is to have some fun with the kids and laugh every single day!” –Tammy S.

 

15. Schedule Class Time for Projects

“Seventh graders need more direct instruction and in-class work time when it comes to projects.” –Tesha L.

 

16. Make Writing Explicit

Teach seventh grade students how to write clearly by assigning them to write a simple essay—how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Then, try to follow each set of directions. The results might not surprise you (the essays won’t be easy to follow), but your students will take the lesson to heart. Get more ideas for teaching 7th grade from Dayle Timmons.

17. Don’t Skip the Daily Read Aloud

Seventh graders do like to be read to, in fact reading to them can inspire them to explore new genres and share a common reading experience. This read aloud list from Read Aloud America suggests titles like Boy by Roald Dahl and My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.

 

18. Divide Projects into Chunks

“I found it helpful to provide students with project worksheets that divided the project into stages. Each stage has its own deadline.” –Candy J.

 

19. Use Mini-Rubrics to Keep Students on Track

“I recommend mini-rubrics along for each section along with strong guiding questions.” –Lindi E.

 

20. Consider Pre-research

“With some groups, I needed to do pre-research for them to narrow down the scope of information to filter. I simply found quality resources, printed and organized them into a bundle and gave them to students.” –Linda E.

21. Share Stories

Fiction helps seventh graders develop their empathy and expands their worldview. Check out Because of Mr. Teruptby Rob Buyea, Out of My Mindby Sharon Draper, and this list by PragmaticMom.

22. Go On Stage and Go Big

“Go to the MTI (Music Theatre International) website. You can buy what’s called a Showkit that has everything you need to do a show, and a great guide for first-time directors. I am directing the first show at my school although I’ve directed community shows. Make sure you communicate well with parents, and get them involved! It’s a great thing for kids!” –Beverly B.

 

23. Inspire Young Readers

Seventh graders are passionate people, and they’ll get excited about a good read. For inspiration, The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller is filled with suggestions!” –Libby C.

 

24. Adjust the Reading Level for Current Events

“NEWSELA has current events articles that span a variety of topics. Students are able to adjust the Lexile to the appropriate (or close) level.” –Kimberly W.

 

25. Hold Kids Accountable for Homework

“I use to have a binder with a folder section for each student. Every time they weren’t done an assignment they had to write a sticky note with an excuse as to why it wasn’t done. That way, when parents asked what was going on I had a running record of excuses written in their child’s handwriting.” –Sammi Q.

‪”I have a color coded system on my class rosters. Their box gets highlighted when they miss one assignment, two is a lunch detention, three an after school ETC. They must turn in a missed assignment form of they miss something so I know who is missing what. Keeps a lot of the responsibility off of me. Then, when they complete the late or missing assignment, they staple the missing form to their now completed work.” –Marissa S.

26. Use Virtual Field Trips

Middle schoolers want to learn all they can about the world, but a field trip a week just isn’t in the cards. Check out our Pinterest board to start planning.

 

27. Try Flipping your Class

“Try flipped class with Movenote. You can record your whole group work where kids can watch at home or in a small group/center. The other groups can work on the assignments in class.” –Mark C.

 

28. Differentiate Reading Instruction and Keep Pace

“Let them choose from several books with similar themes rather than having everyone in the class read the same book at the same time. Give them assessment options (such as tic-tac-toe boards) so they can choose. Don’t spend forever on the same book (i.e. 6-week units) because most will finish the reading the first day or so and be bored when the book is still being picked apart a month later.” –Kristy W.

 

29. Use Pattern Folders

A folder with pockets and notecards is an innovative way to get students to track their thinking through an entire text. Students write their observations, evidence, and conclusions on notecards and use the pattern folders to organize their thoughts across an entire novel or book. Watch how one educator is teaching 7th grade using this strategy.

 

30. Develop Your Own Style

“The classroom management system that ends up working for you is likely very different from the management system that works for every other teacher in your building. I made the mistake my first two years of trying to emulate a teacher who screams all the time…what ended up working for me was a more positive tone and having a concrete system of behavior grades that students could see and check. Experiment and try everything until you hone in on what works for you.” -Lillie M. quoted in Education Week

 

31. Use Text Messages

If seventh graders know how to write anything, it’s a text. Use IFakeText to have students create conversations between historical figures or characters in literature. Get more ideas for teaching 7th grade from Surviving in Social Studies.

32. Help Students Develop Research Skills

Seventh graders are developing the research skills they’ll use in high school and beyond. Help them ask authentic questions, complete useful prewriting, narrow their purpose, and share their work with these tips from the Middle School Teacher to Literacy Coach blog.

 

33. Talk Positive

“Aim to make more than half of what you say positive and enjoyable to listen to. If everything you say is consistently harsh, punitive, or nasty, humans of all ages are far less likely to listen.” -Lillie M. quoted in Education Week

 

34. Blow Their Minds

It’s easy (too easy) to catch middle schoolers off-guard and surprise them. Blogger 7th Grade English uses curveball questions like: “When the day after tomorrow is yesterday, this day will be as far from Friday as this day was from Friday when the day before yesterday was tomorrow. What day is it?” to catch his students off guard and really make them think.

 

35. Make Vocabulary Instruction Interactive

Seventh graders want to get up and move around, so take the opportunity to get them focused on vocabulary. This teacher from Wilmette Junior High School get students up and moving around to practice analogies. Students put a sticker with a word that completes an analogy on their backs, then they walk around the room trying to find the words that complete each analogy.

 

36. Hold Students Accountable

It’s inevitable that you’ll get unacceptable work from your students. Combat that by stapling redo slips to work that is a far cry from A-material. Students have to rethink their work, fix it, and return. This and more teaching 7th grade tips on Panicked Teacher.

 

37. Check out YA Books

You’ll get more students engaged in reading if you can recommend books yourself. Check out this list of YA must-reads even reluctant readers will love.

 

38. Get Flexible with Annotation

Annotation is a difficult skill, but 7th graders need to master and internalize it. Have them use plastic covers to practice annotation in different kinds of books—the classics, textbooks, and even magazines.

 

39. Host a Socratic Seminar

Socratic seminar is a way for students to both engage in and reflect on deep discussion. Here’s a guide to Socratic seminars from ReadWriteThink.

 

40. Use the Article of the Week

The article of the week from Kelly Gallagher is a great way to bring nonfiction into your classroom. Use the articles to expose kids to new ideas, current events, and spark discussion.

 

41. Use Instagram

Embrace the selfie culture (kind of). These tips for teaching 7th grade using Instagram (like creating a historical figure’s account) will make them learn and smile.

42. Get Boys Reading

Check out these books for middle school boys to get ideas on what you need to read to share book recommendations with the boys in your class. To start: Ender’s Game, Shooting Kabul, andA Place Beyond the Map.

 

43. Expand their Reach

Seventh graders love to read through a genre. Use this list of books you’ll love if you like John Green to start building lists of books students can go to when they’ve finished a fan favorite.

 

44. Teach Thesis

A song’s chorus is similar to a research paper’s thesis—it’s what the singer wants the listener to take away, no matter what. Connect chorus and thesis with this series of lessons, you’ll capture your musical students.

 

45. Play with Power Tools

Yes, we’re serious. Don’t believe us? Read all the ways using power tools empowers students and teaches content here.

46. Be Ready to Remediate

We love this idea for immediate differentiation. Whenever a student is working on a higher level problem, but they’re missing a lower level skill, stock a wall full of review sheets to help them practice the skill they need in the moment. Get more tips for teaching 7th grade math from Crafty Math Ed.

 

47. Turn science into a challenge

When you’re teaching science, “stress that the goal isn’t to make the lab experiment ‘work’ but to work collaboratively and problem solve together. Teach students how to ask questions and watch them figure out how to find answers.” –Laurie P. 

 

48. Mix up your science instruction

“Do a rotation of lectures and notes with videos, labs, other labs. Do mini labs that last 15 minutes and longer labs that last class periods or multi-day project. That way, they don’t get bored and neither do you.” –Kathie N.

 

49. Get Practical

Make math applicable for seventh grade students by bringing in lessons like scaling up candy wrappers and using Barbie to teach proportional reasoning.

 

50. Visualize Tone

Seventh graders still like to express themselves, teach them tone by having them pull out words from literature that convey tone and add an image to a poem or section of narrative text. This and more ideas for teaching 7th grade from Creativity 2.0.

Overview of Seventh Grade Learning Milestones

Seventh grade is a year of highly visible progress in reading, writing, and language arts. By the end of seventh grade, students should:

  • Develop complex writing skills
  • Constructively critique their own and other’s writing
  • Apply punctuation, grammar, and syntax skills
  • Recognize and apply grade appropriate vocabulary
  • Read with fluency, with focus on comprehension

Seventh grade is also a year of visible math skill development. By the end of seventh grade math, students should:

  • Have a solid understanding of algebraic principles
  • Be able to graph and solve linear equations
  • Understand and apply basic concepts of geometry
  • Be able to apply math to everyday activities

Seventh Grade Language Arts and Reading Curriculum Overview

The Time4Learning curriculum constitutes a solid seventh grade language arts program correlated to state standards, which many homeschool parents use as their entire curriculum. Non-homeschoolers utilize the lessons for extra practice, an online seventh grade tutorial, or summer enrichment. Seventh grade language arts is organized into two large sections: Language Arts and Language Arts Extensions.The language arts lessons are organized into a series of chapters that introduce and cover:

  • The language arts section contains 122 learning activities that are primarily based on reading comprehension, writing skills and vocabulary.
  • Our Independent Learning Activities (ILA), think alouds, interactive guided instruction and read & respond lessons will build and develop working knowledge of language arts skills and give students plenty of practice.

Lessons are organized into a variety of chapters that introduce and cover:

  1. Vocabulary Skills – Students will be able to identify and select the appropriate synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, idioms, and Latin and Greek roots. Students build a working understanding of suffixes, prefixes, and reading skills through interactive guided instruction. Students are asked to identify, interpret and analyze literary passages.
  2. Process Skills: Think Alouds – Teaches the reading comprehension processes of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying through think aloud prompts. Students are encouraged to independently read and critically analyze texts with minimal support.
  3. Comprehension – Students gain comprehension skill through identifying the characters, setting, plot, main idea and supporting details of a story. They learn about sequential order, fact and opinion, cause and effect, author’s purpose, inferences, and comparing and contrasting story elements to make inferences about varied types of literature.
  4. State Simulation Assessments – Mock assessment simulating high stakes testing. Students are asked to display working knowledge of comprehension skills based on appropriate reading material.
  5. The Scarlet Pimpernel (ILA) – Independent Learning Activity (ILA) that builds vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, prewriting, literary response and analysis, and writing skills. Students learn how to identify story elements, make inferences, and draw conclusions to extend comprehension skills. An end of chapter writing assignment using a movie review allows students to apply their skills.
  6. Hush (ILA) – An activity that develops reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students proceed through an integrated thematic chapter to build comprehension by reading literature with an emphasis on vocabulary. Writing skills are applied through an end of chapter memoir writing assignment.
  7. The Wreckers (ILA) – An ILA that uses pre reading, during reading and post reading activities to develop comprehension skills. Uses an integrated thematic chapter to build comprehension by reading literature with an emphasis on vocabulary. Students write a suspense story as an end of chapter writing application.
  8. Wright Brothers (ILA) – Uses the story of the Wright Brothers to teach vocabulary, comprehension, and writing skills. Activities combine direct instruction with read and responds to develop vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, and thinking skills. Students are asked to identify cause & effect and write a newspaper entry to practice their language arts skills.

Many parents have expressed interest in purchasing the full versions of the authentic literature excerpted in the 7th grade language arts section. They can be purchased at the links below but they DO NOT need to be purchased in order to use Time4Learning.

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Seventh Grade Language Arts Extensions Curriculum Overview

Language arts extensions is a component of the complete language arts curriculum. Many homeschooling parents have their child complete both the language arts and language arts extensions. Non homeschoolers use the lessons for online tutoring, extra practice, or summer enrichment or as a seventh grade language arts tutorial.

The language arts extensions lessons are organized into several chapters that introduce and cover:

  1. Determining Word Meaning – Teaches different strategies to build reading comprehension skills. Students incorporate the use of context clues, compare and contrast, multiple meaning words, vocabulary strategies, and figurative language to understand the text. Students will compare and contrast vivid writing with plain text.
  2. Summarize Written Text – Students will summarize written text through the use of main ideas, recall of details, and analyzing paragraphs. Students will complete two summary assignments designed to teach them how to analyze a passage.
  3. Support Main Idea – Students identify important details that enable them to answer the 5 W questions. Lessons also teach how to determine the setting and mood of a story, and whether details are specific or general.
  4. Recognizing Relationships – Teaches students how to recognize the cause and effect relationships inherent in each passage. Students learn the skills of analysis through use of cause and effect and organizational patterns enabling them to complete an assignment on following directions.
  5. Analyze Text – Teaches skills of analyzing literary texts. Students learn how to use inferences, draw conclusions, find the author’s purpose, understand themes, and discover the development of the plot in order to facilitate complex comprehension skills.
  6. Evaluate Point of View – Teaches students how to evaluate the point of view in a story through the discrimination of fact and opinion, comparing and contrasting character changes, determining the author’s point of view and by recognizing the author’s bias. Students identify how testimonials, bandwagon techniques, and loaded words promote bias in a text.
  7. Parts of Speech – Students will apply various spelling conventions while learning the plural noun endings, possessive nouns with apostrophes, the “perfect” verb tense, subject and verb agreement, pronoun and antecedent agreement, the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, the use of double negatives, the placement and use of prepositional phrases, and the correct use of conjunctions to connect ideas.
  8. Capitalization – Lessons encourage students to identify specific words that should be capitalized such as: proper nouns, proper adjectives, titles, first words, and direct quotes.
  9. Punctuation – Students will use the rules of punctuation to place commas in a series, in quotations, in a formal letter, in compound sentences, with appositives, with introductory words and phrases, with end marks, with colons and semicolons, with apostrophes, and with quotation marks.

For details about seventh grade writing standards, please visit Time4Writing.com. Sign up for Time4Learning and start learning today!

Seventh Grade Vocabulary Curriculum Overview

Going beyond traditional vocabulary lists, many of the Time4Learning seventh grade vocabulary exercises are integrated within literature based units designed to promote reading comprehension skills and vocabulary building.  Lesson features include:

  • Animated vocabulary lessons that build on the student’s knowledge of prefixes, suffixes, Latin and Greek roots, idioms, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms
  • Graphic organizers
  • Printable vocabulary worksheets
  • Concentrated unit studies on topical vocabulary word list
  • A glossary for each literature selection

Seventh Grade Math Curriculum Overview

The seventh grade math curriculum contains numerous math lessons, along with printable worksheets, quizzes and chapter tests. It constitutes a solid seventh grade math program correlated to state standards, which is important to many homeschooling users. Non homeschoolers use the program as an alternative to a 7th grade math tutor, for test preparation, extra practice, or summer enrichment.

  • Exciting animated characters present the seventh grade math lessons in bite-sized pieces, at the student’s pace.
  • Each chapter of learning builds on previous skills.
  • Interactive prompts and storylines bring the lessons to life.

Math lessons are organized into 15 chapters that introduce and cover:

  1. Number Systems – This lesson teaches number theory in relation to using exponents and scientific notation. Students will learn how to express numbers using exponents and numbers greater than one using scientific notation in order to represent numbers in a variety of formats.
  2. Rational Operations – Teaches the order of operations applied to decimals, fractions, percents, and estimation. Students will apply the order of operations to simplify expressions, use estimation to solve problems, convert between fractions and decimals, and to convert percent to decimal.
  3. Number Theory – Teaches the meanings of prime and composite as well as prime factorization, greatest common factor and least common multiple. Students are given guided instruction and will apply these concepts to problem solving situations.
  4. Ratio, Proportion, and Percent – Students are taught how to identify and use ratios and rates, recognize relationships between ratios/proportions and percents, use tables to solve proportional problems, use ratios to solve problems, use percents to solve discount and mark up problems, use simple interest formulas to solve real world situations, and identify proportional relationships in scale drawings.
  5. Rational Numbers – Students are taught various rational number concepts. Lessons teach students how to identify pairs of additive and multiplicative inverses, add and subtract with positive and negative numbers, multiply and divide with positive and negative numbers, solve real world problems with different types of numbers, use the number line to explore addition and subtraction of integers, and use the number line to investigate additive inverses as well as the commutative and associative properties of addition.
  6. Expressions and Equations – Teaches the student about simplification of expressions, properties, and translations of algebraic expressions into word expressions. Students apply skills to use algebraic expressions to generalize a pattern, simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms, substitution of values for variables in equations, and to solve one and two step linear equations.
  7. Triangles – Teaches students the classification of angles and triangles. Students will use interior and exterior angle measurement, the Pythagorean relationship, and the Pythagorean Theorem to find unknown angle and side measurements.
  8. Plane Geometry – Students determine the characteristics and properties of lines and angles and apply these skills to concept of perimeter, circumference, area, and symmetry/reflection. Lessons will teach how to use the protractor and the various attributes of regular and nonregular convex polygons. Students will use angle measurement skills applied to measuring polygons to determine congruency and similarity.
  9. Three-Dimensional Geometry – Teaches the attributes of three dimensional figures, the volume of prisms and cylinders and how to calculate the surface area of prisms and cylinders. Students will be able to apply these properties to real world problems in the activity “Let me Practice.”
  10. Measurement – Students learn how to apply the formulas for calculating rate, distance, time, mass, and capacity to estimation and conversion. Guided instruction and practice activities reinforce skills through the chapter.
  11. Graphing – Teaches identifying ordered pairs and how to plot them, the 4 quadrants of the coordinate plane, recognizing the relationship between a set of points in a table and those points on a graph, recognizing if a set of points represents a function, and exploring inequalities with two variables.
  12. Linear Relationships – Teaches students how to interpret various types of linear graphs. Students apply graphing skills while graphing linear equations and answering questions about graphs that represent real world situations.
  13. Probability – Students learn how to interpret experimental results, independent and dependent events, and explore number cubes and spinners. Lessons encourage students to apply probability through various events and computing the odds of these events.
  14. Data and Statistics – Teaches the representations of data such as the circle, line, bar, histogram, stem-and-leaf, and box and whisker graphs. Students are introduced to statistical terms such as mean, median, and mode and will learn how to apply the measures of central tendency to data and various types of graphs.
  15. Practice – This lesson will conduct a cumulative review of the material covered throughout the course. Students have many worksheets that are available to print along with answer keys. Quizzes will be given throughout this chapter.

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Seventh Grade Science Curriculum Overview

Middle school science is organized into three primary courses that correlate to state standards: Earth/Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Middle school science covers materials typically offered at the sixth to eighth grade level, although parents have the option of choosing a middle school science course if they have students in fourth grade and above. In addition, Nature of Science is provided as an added supplement with each of the middle school courses. The middle school science curriculum courses are described in more detail below.

  • Earth/Space Science Course – Teaches students about Earth’s structure, geologic processes, plate tectonics, oceans and the water cycle, Earth’s atmosphere, weather and climate, our solar system, stars, and galaxies. Students also investigate how the motions of the sun, the moon, and Earth create days, seasons, years, eclipses, phases of the moon, and tides.
  • Life Science Course – Covers the characteristics of living things, plant and animal cell structures, the characteristics of unicellular and multicellular life, genetics, classification of organisms, the structure and function of human cells tissues organs and organ systems, and the structure and function of plants.
  • Physical Science Course – Covers chemistry and physics, including physical and chemical changes, atoms and elements, mixtures and solutions, the periodic table, states of matter, motion, gravity, density and buoyancy, energy, heat, the properties of waves, and light.
  • Nature Of Science Supplement – The Science of Nature materials are supplemental, recommended for use alongside the Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth/Space Science courses. It will be included when parents register for any middle school science course. Nature of science teaches students how to safely and correctly use scientific equipment, take measurements, conduct experiments and investigations, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, evaluate evidence, and present their work.

See the middle school science curriculum overview for more information.

Seventh Grade Social Studies Curriculum Overview

The seventh grade social studies curriculum contains numerous lessons, as well as worksheets and quizzes, organized into different chapters. Members use the social studies curriculum as a seventh grade social studies tutorial, for extra practice, or to supplement their homeschooling approach. Although the materials are extensive, social studies is included as an added bonus. It does not correlate to all state standards and is not animated. In the seventh grade social studies curriculum, students will cover:

  1. Age of Exploration – Teaches the characteristics of life in America prior to the 17th century. Lessons present information about the first Americans and how geography influenced the way they lived, the early exploration of the Americas, the conquering and dominating of the New World, and the Spanish, French, and English colonies in America.
  2. English Colonization – Teaches about the way of life of the British colonization in America. Students will learn about the cities of Roanoke and Jamestown, the thirteen colonies, and the geography and daily life of the colonies.
  3. American Revolution Causes – Students will gain an overview of the events, individuals, and organizations that contributed to the war against Britain. Lessons will look at the struggle for control in the colonies, the idea of mercantilism, the taxes that were imposed on colonists, the protests that colonists made, and Britain’s response.
  4. The American Revolution – Teaches about the history of the United States during the early years of The Revolutionary War. Lessons include information about the battles, documents, and people involved in the Revolution.
  5. Creation of U.S. Government – Teaches about the early years of the establishment of American government. Students will look at how government started, the influences on the Founding Fathers, the creation of the Constitution, the structure of the government, and the challenges surrounding the Constitution.
  6. Early Years of the Republic – Students will analyze the various difficulties that arose in the early years of the Republic. Lessons include information about Washington’s presidency, major issues facing the nation, and the various political parties involved.
  7. Age of Jefferson – Students will learn about the challenges that President Thomas Jefferson faced by reviewing information about population issues, trade difficulties, and the War of 1812.
  8. Growth and Expansion – Teaches about the major changes in the U.S. during the 1800’s. Students will explore the Industrial Revolution, internal improvements that were made, the changing role of government, and the development of foreign policy.
  9. Jacksonian Democracy – Students learn about the various policies that president Andrew Jackson put into effect. Lessons describe Jackson’s early years, military career, presidential election, and philosophies that were applied during this time.
  10. Manifest Destiny – Students will learn how apparent it was that the U.S. was destined to control all territory between the Atlantic and Pacific. Lessons examine the causes that led to this control such as: the types of people who moved West, the war with Mexico, and Western Travel.
  11. Reform Movements – Students will discover how the various reforms of the 1800’s led to permanent change in the United States. Lessons include abolition, temperance, women’s rights, education, religious and mentally ill/prison reform.
  12. Causes of the Civil War – Students will learn about the complex issues that contributed to the division of the states and ultimately the Civil War. Lessons review slavery, issues dividing the North and the South, the idea of Manifest Destiny, and the secession of the South.
  13. The Civil War – Students encounter the various characteristics of both the north and the south during the Civil War. Lessons also encourage students to analyze the final battles of the war as well as the terms of surrender.
  14. Reconstruction – Students analyze the plan used for reconstruction of the United States and examine the reuniting of the nation, the South under construction, change, problems with the Native Americans, and settlers in the West.
  15. Immigration and Industry – Students will explore immigration and the impact it had on the growth of business in the United States. Lessons explore the melting pot of many nations, the changes in industry, and the workers and their rights.
  16. United States as a World Power – Students will learn about the United States shift in policy during the Era of Reform and Overseas Expansion. Lesson detail events in overseas expansion such as imperialism, yellow journalism, muckraking, and the U.S. involvement in the Spanish American War.
  17. World War I – Students will examine the various issues, causes, battles, and outcomes that affected the Great War. Lessons also explore the reason the United States entered the war.
  18. Roaring Twenties – Students will examine the post war challenges of the 1920’s such as the Red Scare, the rise of the KKK, and the changing economic climate.
  19. The Great Depression – Students will examine the different problems and causes of the depression and what the New Deal meant to America.
  20. World War II – Students will analyze the stepping stones to the Second World War, as well as examine the reasons for the United States involvement.
  21. The Cold War – Students will evaluate the concept of the Iron Curtain, the spread of communism, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the conflict with Vietnam.
  22. Changing Times in America – Students will examine an overview of the Civil Rights Era and the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations.
  23. Modern America – Students will view a comparison of the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations. Lessons will look at the economic and foreign policies during these years.

Seventh Grade Educational Resources

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