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Welcome to 7th Grade Social Studies

Welcome to 7th Grade Social Studies
Mrs. Kelly Stevens
560-3970, ext. 70242

e-mail: Kelly.Stevens@dpsnc.net

Hello and WELCOME to 7th Social Studies
Social Studies Opening Video

Engrade Parent/Guardian Log in for online access to progress reports.

(You will need the confidential username information attached to the progress report. If you need it again, please email Mrs. Stevens)
Core class grades will be divided the following ways:

Social Studies Department


Individual Tasks………………………. 25%



TOTAL 100%

Average Assignment Grading

Star = Completed homework successfully and to best of ability – FULL CREDIT!

Sick = Student was absent at time assignment was issued or collected, 5 schools days period to hand in work for full credit, until then NO CREDIT!

HD = Student utilized homework dollars. They are excused from credit.

MIS = Student is missing the assignment and needs to make it up.

E = Excused from the assignment.

INC = Student was given an incomplete grade and MUST make up the work before a deadline designated by the teacher before quarter grade can be calculated.

School Grading Policy:

A = 100 – 93

B = 92 – 85

C = 84 – 77

D = 76 – 70

F = 69 & below

In accordance with Durham Public School Policy, absent students will have a maximum of five (5) days to make up missed work.

**Please note, assignments are issued as practice of the subject material and are expected to be completed by the due date to the fullest, capable ability of the student. Parents/guardians are encouraged to assist with, not do for. **

Timeline for 7th Grade Social Studies

Middle Grades Social Studies


The focus for seventh grade is on the continued development of knowledge and skills acquired in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade studies of North Carolina, the United States, and Europe and South America by considering, comparing, and connecting those studies to the study of Africa, Asia, and Australia. As students examine social, economic, and political institutions they analyze similarities and differences among societies. While concepts are drawn from history and the social sciences, the primary discipline is geography, especially cultural geography. This focus provides students with a framework for studying local, regional, national, and global issues that concern them, for understanding the interdependence of the world in which they live, and for making informed judgments as active citizens.

Date (with Holt Eastern World Text Book) (Updated June 2010)

1st Quarter
Introduction to 7th Grade SS

Unit #1: The World’s People (1 week) (chapter 4)

Unit #2: The Fertile Crescent (2 weeks)

(Fertile Crescent, Sumer, Mesopotamia, Babylon, Assyria) (chapter 5)

Unit #3: Foundations of 3 Religions (3 weeks)

(Judaism, Christianity, Islam) (chapter 6 & 7)

Unit #4: Southwest Asia & North Africa (3 weeks)

(chapters 8 & 9 & 14)

2nd Quarter
Unit #5: Ancient Africa & Beginning of Slave Trade (3 weeks)

(chapters 11-13)

Unit #6 West, East, & Central Africa (Slave Trade, Imperialism, Independence) (4 weeks) (chapters 15-17)

Unit #7: Southern Africa (2 weeks)

(Focus on South Africa & Apartheid)

(chapter 18)

3rd Quarter
Unit #8: Central Asia (1 week)

(chapter 10)

Unit #9 Ancient India and Indian Subcontinent (3 weeks) (chapters 19 & 21)

Unit #10 Ancient China, China, Mongolia, Taiwan

(3 weeks) (chapters 20 & 22)

[highlight Cultural Revolution]

Unit #11: Southeast Asia (2 weeks)

(chapter 24)

4th Quarter
Unit #12 Japan & the Koreas (3.5 weeks)

(chapter 23)

Unit #13: Pacific World (3.5 weeks)

(chapter 25)

* Note material from chapters 1-3 will be covered throughout units 1-13

** 2 weeks left off of 4th quarter intentionally to coincide with the amount of testing that would decrease class time with students.


Online is the team webpage. The webpage offers an abundance of resources and information for parents and students of the Pathfinders Team Daily homework assignments and important events/due dates will be displayed. In addition, each teacher has their own link, the link will provide curriculum information and other pertinent info.

Internet Permission

If a completed Internet Permission form was completed last year, you do not have to complete another form – that form will be good for your child’s duration at Rogers-Herr. However, if you failed to turn a completed form in by the deadline or are new to Rogers-Herr please make sure that a completed form gets returned to Mrs. Stevens. We will be doing a large number of Internet based projects this year and being unable to access the Internet will hinder your child’s ability to access a wealth of resources and activities to expand their knowledge and enhance their potential.

Homework & Homework Dollars

Students are expected to copy the daily homework from the homework board upon entering the classroom. If for some reason they didn’t, you can also access the homework link from the main Pathfinder webpage. Any homework given previously will be turned into the homework bin at the start of class. I reward students for good behavior and academics with homework dollars. It’s their job the keep up with the homework dollars and save enough up to use them. I encourage students to use their pencil pouch as a homework dollar wallet. Once students have enough dollars saved for what they’d like to use them for, they simply complete the back and turn them in with their homework into the homework bin. I do recognize that many parents do not want their children using these to earn a free homework assignment – that is why there are additional items to purchase.

I look forward to an exciting and wonderful year!!