The United States began as a few fortune hunters and refugees, trying to
start a new life alongside the Native Americans. A short time later, America was
declaring its independence and beginning a tricky experiment in freedom,
democracy and equality. Less than a century after that, the United States was at
war with itself, and almost ceased to exist. The first year of U.S. History is action-packed! The
year is organized into four units. The questions indicate our key topics of
study in each unit.
Americans: Who lived in the Americas before
the Europeans came?
- Exploration &
Colonization: Why did Europeans come to the
Americas, and where did they settle?
- The Thirteen
Colonies: How did the original thirteen colonies develop and
- The Road to
Revolution: What led Americans to declare
- Americans Win Their
Independence: How did very few untrained
soldiers beat the finest army in the world?
- The Constitution: How does our government work?
- The First Presidents: How did the first presidents begin to define America,
and lay the foundations for future growth?
- Manifest Destiny: Why did Americans go West? How did westward expansion change the United States?
How did sections of the country begin to
develop in different ways?
Causes of the Civil War: What issues led to our nation's greatest
The Civil War: How did the Union win the Civil War?
- Calls for Reform: How did Americans begin to demand changes in their
- The Rise of
But wait…there’s more! We’re also going to be developing
that will prepare you for the 8th Grade Social Studies Assessment,
your future in high school and life in general.
In 7th grade, our ultimate goal is to be able to understand,
organize and present information effectively. Honing the skills below
will enable us to do that.
- How to identify a main idea
- How to identify key details
- How to make the textbook help you read more effectively
- How to understand primary documents
- How to take notes effectively
- How to categorize main ideas and key details
- How to write homework answers
- How to write introductions, topic sentences and organized paragraphs
- How to write (and draw) persuasively
- How to read maps effectively
- How to interpret graphs
- How to understand symbols
- How to analyze political cartoons
- How to view film critically
- How to use my website and Blackboard effectively
- Identifying and improving your homework system
- How to plan your time to complete long-term projects
How to solve problems with others
How to present information effectively
How to listen effectively
How to be an active participant in your community
- How to work with others and complete tasks
- Research techniques, both print and computer based
- How to create documents and PowerPoint presentations
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