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7th grade Syllabus for Karen Settles  

Karen Settles’ Course Syllabus for 7th Grade Social Studies

World History and Geography: The Middle Ages to the Exploration of the Americas

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Karen Settles (this is the best way to reach me.)


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Course Description

Seventh grade students will explore the social, cultural, geographical, political and technological changes that occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire and in Medieval Europe. Students will also study the period from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, including the Islamic world, Africa, China, and Japan, but with a heavier emphasis on western civilization in Europe during the Renaissance and Reformation. Students will compare and contrast the history and geography of civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout these continents during medieval times. They will examine the growth in economic interactions among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. Students will learn about the resulting spread of Enlightenment philosophies and the examination of new concepts of reasoning toward religion, government, and science that continue to influence our world today. Students will analyze geography’s influence on the development of these civilizations as they continue their study of world history and geography. Seventh grade students will end the year by examining the Meso-American and Andean civilizations, and the age of European explorations. Appropriate informational texts and primary sources will be used in order to deepen the understanding of how these civilizations influence the modern world.

Course Materials:

Required Materials

  • One composition book

  • 1-inch binder

  • 5 dividers

Optional Materials

Multicolored Pens

Colored Pencils

#2 Pencils

Required Text


McGraw-Hill Education

Projected Schedule of Learning: The Tennessee State Standards for Grade 7 are covered through the study of the following subject areas:

  • Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Islamic World

  • Africa

  • China

  • Japan

  • Western Europe

  • The Renaissance and Reformation

  • The Enlightenment

  • The Age of Exploration


Class Assignments:

  • Lesson Quizzes, Chapter Assessments and Benchmark tests – 60% of grade

  • Bell work completed at the beginning of class, other classroom assignments and various individual and group projects throughout the school year – 30% of grade

  • Homework – 10% of grade

  • Late work will be accepted up to ONE WEEK after original due date with a reduction in points.


Absent Procedures:

  • It is the student’s responsibility to obtain his/her missing work.

  • If a student is absent they may look at the clipboard in the front of the room to see what we did on the days that were missed.

  • If a student is absent 3 or more days, call the office and the books and assignments will be gathered for the student and left in the attendance office.


Student Writing Component:

Students will complete a variety of written work expressing their knowledge and understanding of grade 7 history-social studies standards. Students will use writing to describe, explain, analyze, make predictions, create comparisons, and draw conclusions. Students will be assessed in writing to show their knowledge and understanding of the grade 7 social studies standards.


Student Oral Component:

Students will complete a variety of formal and informal oral presentations expressing their knowledge and understanding of the grade 7 history-social studies standards. Students may be assessed orally as well. (Scope and Sequence of State Content Standards form McGraw Hill Grade 7 textbook).