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D. Gavason

7th Grade Social Studies

D. Gavason

WELCOME 
TO 7TH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES 
Mrs. Gavason
gavasond@shikbraves.org
 
 
   
   
   
 
    My overarching goal this year is to help students to think independently.  I want my classroom to be a safe place for students to explore the world and I don't want them to be afraid to make a mistake.  I make plenty of mistakes and I am sure your students will be happy to tell you about them.  
 
 
What we do in social studies
We study and talk about everything in social studies.  Our textbook covers the history of the world from prehistoric men to the present, so we will carefully choose the things that we want to focus on.
 
Our focus is on the Eastern Hemisphere and we will study many cultures through the lense of 7 themes.  These themes include economicsgeographyreligionlagacymigration, and character.  Following is a discription of what these involve.
 
 
         The theme of economics will be looked at within each culture we study, as well as from present day global economics.  Each student will receive a vocabulary list of economic terms that are to remain in their social studies folders for the entire year as a reference.  You can help your student to review these words from time to time.  By the end of the year I hope each student will have a command of most of the 75 words on the list.  
     Another theme is character.  We will be examining the character of many famous historical figures, as well as looking at characteristics of a good employee, employer, governmental leader, and citizen.  Students will be rewarded for demonstrating good character traits.
     Our next theme is geography and its influence on culture.  We will enlarge our understanding of the globe and the 195 countries that exist on it.  We will examine many aspects of our global interaction in the world today and how history and geography build our world view.
     Another important theme is how religion effects culture.  As we study each unit we will see how ancient religions formed ideology that still exists today and how that ideology can be a catalist for prejudice and war or a force for compassion and good.
     Another theme is legacy.  Each culture has a legacy of its own and we hope to appreciate the legacy of the cultures of the eastern hemisphere.
     The final theme is migration.  There are three main catagories of things that migrate; people, goods, and ideas.  We will look into the pros and cons of migration, including immigration and emmigration.
     I will be introducing these themes in the first two weeks of class. 
     We often discuss controversial issues in social studies.  My goal is to teach students to think, not to promote my personal world view.  We will look at different view points and discuss positive and negative aspects of each.  I want students to be able to support their views with solid factual evidence.  As parents you can help them develop the ability to determine the difference between fact and opinion.  Encourage your students to discuss difficult issues and analyze the arguments.  
      
     In the past each student was issued a textbook, but that has not been effective as many students never bring their books to class and lose or damage them.  I am not issuing a textbook for each student.  We will use a class set so each student will have a book when needed.  Any student who wants a textbook may sign one out for a day.  Any parent who wants their child to have a book for the year may sign one out.  Students will not need a textbook to study for tests.
 
     
 
     
     
    Really important:  It is really important for students to do all assigned work and to hand it in on time.  All work must be handed in on the due date for full credit.  A day late is 1/2 credit and after that it is "no credit."  Please encourage your students to be diligent.
 
 
  
 
Link to Roman games and activities
 
 
                 If anyone has any questions, be sure to contact me at gavasond@shikbraves.org
 
Mrs. Gavason