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7th Grade Social Studies

7th Grade Social Studies


Teacher: Mr. Carl Alioto

Contact Information: calioto

Curriculum Goals & Objectives:

In seventh grade, students study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the medieval times through the early modern times. After we review the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncovered the mysteries of the past, students will study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during the medieval and early modern times. Additionally, students will uncover the growing economic interaction among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. Furthermore, students will learn about the resulting growth of Enlightenment and the concepts of reason and authority, the natural rights of human beings, etc. Finally, seventh grade students will assess the economic and social patterns of these cultures, examine the influence of these ideas and archaic cultures, and relate them to our world today.


I would like to encourage anyone who has any relevant history material or resources to please come and share them with us.


Titles for the units covered:

  • Rome and Byzantium
  • Islamic Civilization
  • Civilizations in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Civilizations in the Americas
  • Civilizations in East Asia
  • Europe in the Middle Ages
  • Early Modern Europe

Late Work:

Due dates are set for my and the students’ convenience, so time is available for grading and feedback. Please refer to the Jr. High Student Handbook for missing and late work.


A point system will be used to keep track of student successes in all classes. Objective evaluation reflects the percentage earned and a letter grade based upon the Diocesan scale.

  • Assessments FOR learning: an evaluation tool used to guide and monitor the progress of student learning during instruction. Its purpose is to provide continuous feedback to both the student and the teacher concerning learning successes and progress toward mastery.

  • Assessments OF learning: an evaluation tool generally used at the end of an assignment, unit, project, or chapter. These types of assessments are more formal kinds of assessments (e.g., unit tests, final exams, projects, reports, and presentations) and are typically used to evaluate student mastery of intended learning outcomes.

Assignment Posting on the St. Mary Website:

Tests, quizzes, large projects and assignments will be posted on my website.


Medieval and Early Modern Times, Prentice Hall, 2006.

Videos and other secondary books and Internet activities/resources will be used as supplemental material.