Finish at home: May 8th 2017

The Age of Exploration and Trade page 615

  1. Read the passage on page 615

note: Christopher Columbus did not discover America.

2.Map Focus page 616 answer 1-4 in complete sentences

3. Read Lesson 1 carefully and take notes on the main ideas and  

   details, use heading and subheading and main ideas.

3. Answer first Progress Check on page 619

   What new technology made it possible for Europeans to make long    

   ocean voyages? And Explain how.

4. Read the caption and answer the Critical Thinking question on page

    619 in a complete sentence

5. Define and explain the significance of each term using the text:

  • Circumnavigate

  • Conquistador

  • Luxury

  • Astrolabe






China and Japan

Study vocabulary 20-41 on the chinese vocabulary list in google classroom

Projects to present due Monday. Be an expert in your philosophy

20. Confucius-urged people to follow the beliefs of their ancestors and their "duty" or responsibilities to their family.

21.Neo-Confucian-the rebirth or revitalization of Confucian beliefs to counter the rising power of Buddhism

22. Daoism-promoted a peaceful way of life, focusing on the "dao" or path or "the way", live in harmony with nature and free themselves from earthly desires.

23.Corrupt- to be broken within the system; government officials who use the government for their own gain at the expense of the civilians(greedy government administration)

24.scholar-officials; as in a corrupt government-officials that use the people for their own selfish needs

25.civil-relating to the government or state (civilians)

26.imperial-having to do with the Empire or Emperor make someone official

28. political-having to do with government, politics, leaders

29. abundant-surplus, having more than enough, plenty

30. porcelain-fine "china" wares(plates, bowls) made in China that are very delicate

31. kaolin-the natural resource used to make porcelain;fine white clay found in China

32. flourish/prosper-to grow in a healthy way

33. steel-a strong metal created when iron is mixed with carbon from coal.

34.method- a specific way of doing something, steps to make something

35.wood block printing-a wood block that is carved to make a print, it can be transferred over and over again, led to printing.

36.transfer-to copy from one surface to another such as printing

37.moveable type-each character or symbol is an individual piece which can be moved, pieces can be arranged to make sentences. Led to the mass production of books and paper money.

38. production- the making of something in large amounts for sale, usually in a factory, printing books is a production, such as printing industry, production of pottery

39. paper currency- paper money which improved transactions throughout China which led to economic  prosperity(growth/wealth)

40. fire lance- a weapon invented by the Chinese to shoot explosives using gunpowder and other objects(shrapnel)

41. magnetic compass-invention to help navigate Chinese ships to their destination, allowed for ships to travel further from land increasing contact with foreigners and improved trade

41. navigate-to drive or maneuver by boat

43.publish-to get a book, art, writing piece reproduced to sell to the public

44. calligraphy-fine handwriting, or the art of writing; Chinese characters or symbols which took years and years to learn

45. transparency- see through

46. dominant-stronger than the other; A person’s left hand might be their dominant hand if they use it the most clans- groups of people that make a tribe or family.

47. Steppes-wide grassy plains that stretch from the Black Sea to northern China

48. Gobi Desert-vast desert that covers part of China and Mongolia where Genghis Khan was elected as the first Mongolian ruler or Khanvast-large, expansive

49. resist-to try to go against, Many Chinese did not resist Mongolian power and some actually embraced the rule as it stabilized China.

50. Campaigns- large undertakings such as strategic war; work in an organized and active way toward a particular goal, typically a political or social one.

51. Ferocious-cruel and violent; brutal

52. Himalayan Mountains-Mountain range that separates China from Southwest Asia-isolated and protected China from invaders

53. Stability-time of peace in civilization

54. Khan-Ruler of the Mongols

55. Regime- a strict/authoritarian government, usually power is absolute and control is maintained using a strong military and harsh punishments

56. Foreigners-people from outside one’s homeland

57. Feudalism-the period of time or system where Vassals bond or pledge their loyalty or allegiance to a Lord(Wealthy land owner)

58. Vassal- Someone who has pledged their loyalty to a Lord(Daimyo).  

59. Shogun-Commander of the Military forces in Japan, he set up his own military government

60. Daimyo-Military lords, very powerful and headed smaller territories in Japan

61. Samurai-means “to Serve”  ; powerful, elite warriors in Japan.

62. Bushido- a code of conduct the Samurai went by, means “way of the warrior”

63. Haiku- a Japanese poem with 17 syllables, usually about nature or human emotion, simplistic

64. regent-a person that rules on behalf of a king because the he/she is to weak, too young or to old to rule

65. Shinto-A religious belief originating in Japan that means "Way of the Spirits", they believe in animism

66. ANIMISM-the belief that all creatures and natural objects such as rocks and rivers have spirits(called Kami in Japanese)

67. archipelago-a chain of Islands; Japan is an Archipelago

68. principles-basic beliefs or truths of a religion or ideology(belief) also called tenets of faith, such as the 4 noble truths or the golden rule

69. sect- a section or small groups that branch out from the original religion, such as Zen Buddhism

meditation-a practice to clear one's' mind of all worldly thoughts and desires, to relax and find inner peace usually through breathing techniques

70. kamikaze-"divine winds" The typhoons that brought wind and heavy storms to Japan saving them from the Mongols whose ships were destroyed in the sea.census- a count of the population or number of people within a society

71. Acupuncture-the use of needles to help the body using pressure points, ancient Chinese healing that is still used today




Begin reading Chapter 17 China and 18 Japan

Vocabulary is on google classroom

Study the vocabulary and the review on google classroom. Create flashcards and use the words in sentences.  Study 5 words a night.  

Our focus will be on the philosophies of China, the geography and innovations

Our Focus will be on the geography of Japan and the their Feudal System.  

Significance and impact




Chapter 15 Test Friday  Ghana packet, lesson 1and 3 and project key terms 


Complete Ghana Packet.  

Read and take notes on Chapter 15, Lessn 3

Do the progress checks and review questions at the end of the lesson



Objectives:  7th grade social studies students will be able to identify a current global issue or crisis, research and present the problem, reasons, and the solution.  You will research and analyze internet sources to explain a global or current crisis/event in a specific country in Africa and focus on the culture that is changing or has been impacted as a result of the crisis and how the geography and other factors are impacting the problem.

You will collaborate with a partner to present your findings to the class, which will include:

  • The crisis and its root causes, make connections (what led to the problem)

  • The impact on the community and their culture (what is their unique culture)

  • explain how the issue can be alleviated or is being managed or helped through specific humanitarian organizations.  

  • Personal reflection

By the end of Day 1: A list of Dok questions to use for your research.

Share or send the document with: Class period, Names of group members, Country and major crisis/humanitarian problem as your heading and subject


Global problems such as:

Water scarcity, Water pollution, Malnutrition, famine, Land pollution, Strip Mining/effect of mining, Deforestation, Disasters, Conflict, modern slavery (yes, it still exists), child labor, pollution, Healthcare/malnutrition, Lack of Education/poverty, Outreach help(humanitarian aid/groups), War, Child soldiers, types of government/power structure/abuse of power/political instability, Apple/Samsung/Sony supply line (precious metal),  infectious diseases, Terrorism (Boko Haram, al Shabab), and US policy/relationship, famine/food shortages, Read the next page:

Websites and links:  UN:westshore    PW:wildcats  UN:middle         PW:school

WHAT is the problem and WHO is this happening to?:

  • 1. Explain the issue/crisis that is going on in this place.

  • 2. How is this issue disrupting the people and their way of life(culture) of that region?

  • 3. Must have at least one map of the region(country) in which this problem is occurring.

  • 4. Explain the relative location using other places and regions.

WHERE is this happening? Place: CAPTURE THE PLACE! Capture the uniqueness of the area by explaining its major cultural and physical features: 1. Research and be able to explain its major features:

  • physical (natural/geographic) features: landforms, bodies of water, climate, elevation and weather as it pertains to the issue

  • Cultural features: customs and traditions, language, religion,, way of life (jobs), education, beliefs, government, population, wants and needs. What is being affected?

WHY is this issue happening???????

  • 1. Explain the reasons or factors for this issue/crisis (CAUSE AND EFFECT)

  • 2. Make connections to the characteristics of a civilization-is it because of geography, religion, political instability, lack of resources, education, disease?????? Explain, use evidence from research.


How are people being affected??????

  • 1. Explain how this crisis is impacting the people in that region.

  • 2. How is their culture(way of life) directly affected by this global concern?

  • 3. Explain how the geography of the region is connected to the issue? Does the geography connect to this crisis? (CAUSE AND EFFECT)

  • 4.  Include statistics/data relevant to crisis.


Solution and reflection:  How are people helping to alleviate or end this crisis? (helping to fix or solve the crisis)

  • 1. How are people bringing awareness to this issue?

  • 2. Explain how people of the world are addressing the needs of this region.

  • 3. Research and explain at least TWO concrete example of organizations that are helping and their specific solutions. Be specific and use researched examples from online articles or organization websites.

  • 1. Personal analysis/reflection of the issue in this particular place (why you think that this is an important topic to learn about and teach the class.

We have begun writing our essays on Cultural diffusion.  Students either created an organizer of their thoughts or started writing their essay.  Many got through the first paragraph and started the second paragraph.  They students can use any of the documents from google classroom as background knowledge but they must use the DBQ documents for their cited evidence. 
Students are to explain whether the outcome of groups interacting through warfare, migration and trade between 700 AD-1400 AD led to a better society or had more negative consequences. (one or the other) 
The intro must have the claim, what cultural diffusion is, the time period, the ways in which groups interacted and the three ways that society improved or did not improve.(daily life, economic and political)
The body paragraphs should include how society changed for the better. One paragraph for economically, one for socially (daily life) and one for politically.  Each paragraph must contain a DBQ document that explains what the document describes, and explains how the document proves the argument and claim.  Each paragraph much include other outside historical evidence, examples from what we learned in class and the google classroom documents. 
Geography Map quiz of the Middle East-Wednesday
January 11, 2017
Geography Map quiz of the Middle East-Wednesday
January 11, 2017
Locate and label: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Black Sea, Persian Gulf, Caspian Sea, Black Sea Arabian Sea, Arabian Peninsula, Africa, Asia, Europe
Vocabulary/content Chapter 14  lesson 1 quiz Thursday Dec 22
In Class Project:
use 12/15 vocabulary from chapter 14 lesson 1 in a storyboard comic book type poster. Create a simple story explaining how people live in the Arabian Desert.  
~Must have at least 6 panels.
~underline vocabulary and use them in context to the content in the textbook(make it relevant)
~explain the setting /geography and way of life of the people that in in towns and in the desert.
Vocabulary words are on google classroom.
~must be neat, grammar, spelling count, must be colored, use colored pencils.
Period 1, 3, 4, 5, 
Chapter 13 Lesson 2
Answer questions at the end of the lesson in complete sentences, vocabulary in google classroom
period 7-Read pages 161-164 and answer questions from the workbook in your composition notebooks.
put Vocabulary words on flashcards from page 161 in workbook or in your notebook
Chapter 13 Rise of Christianity Quiz Friday Novemeber 18th
Oct 24th periods 1,3,4,5 answer 1-3 page 355 in textbook. Complete sentences. 
Test Friday Oct 28th
Pages page 333 The Empire's Economy
(our prosperity web)
page 351 Economic Weaknesses
(The fill in the blank worksheet)
Economic and government reforms(Our reform web)
Diocletian, Constantine and Theodosius
Page 352-353
Germanic invaders(our notes)
Pages 354-355
October 16 2016 vocabulary quiz Friday 
Roman Empire falls vocabulary words Friday October 7, 2016 START STUDYING
  1. Reign - period of time when a king or queen rules.

  2. Wages- amount paid to a worker

  3. Legion-group of soldiers in the Roman military

  4. Emperor-absolute ruler of many territories and people.

  5. Bribe-money or gift given to someone illegally for a favor

  6. Economy-the trade and distribution of money, services, and goods in a country

  7. Foreign-someone or something that is unfamiliar or coming from somewhere else.

  8. Profit-the amount of money made after overhead.

  9. Inflation-steep rise in prices and a decline in the value of a product

  10. supply-the amount(number) or availability of a product that is for sale

  11. demand-the desire or need for a product or service

  12. Supply and demand-the price of an item is determined by how much people want(demand) and how many are available. 

  13. barter-trading or exchanging an item for another item of equal value

  14. currency-money(coins, paper money)

  15. mercenaries-paid soldiers from a foreign country sometimes not loyal to the country paying them.
  16. reform-changes to bring about improvements, usually political changes.
  17. authority-how much power someone has
  18. reinforce-to stregthen
  19. expand-to spread out to make bigger(territory)
  20. loot-to steal
  21. conquest-the take over of land (to conquer) by war
  22. solitude-alone
  23. thrive-to flourish or grow very well
  24. multicultural-having many cultures
  25. peninsula-a landform attached to a larger piece of land with water surrounding it 3 sides.
  26. preserve-to keep or save
  27. culture-the way people live that is passed down, customs, beliefs, traditions, clothing, food
  28. ambitious-determined towards a goal
  29. architecture-the design of buildings and large structures
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