7th Grade History Units
These Units align with the Ohio History Stanadard and include materials that will be used throughout the time spent in each unit. There will be powerpoint, videos, and handouts that will be explored to learn about each unit. Please make sure that you take the time to carefully follow instructions and information on how to do certain things.
Why Study History
The Ohio standards contain a group of "history analysis" skills that I cover throughout the year. This opening unit briefly introduces those skills and the different types of activities we will do throughout the year. Here I introduce the ways to use historical thinking skills: Corroboration, Sourcing, Contextulization, and Close Reading. Click the following link to explore what historians do.
Why Study History
The Ancient Greeks lived around 3,500 years ago their legacy shapes the world we live in today. For some people, life in Greece was good, and many lived in busy towns and cities. They build many temples and very important building that all stood on hills. You will learn about daily life and how they tried to make sense of the world with Philosophy. We hope you have fun learning about this wonderful topic and time in history. Click the following link to explore Ancient Greece.
Ancient Greece Unit
Ancinet India is home to many peaceful civilizations and the beginnings of two long lasting religions Hinduism and Buddhism. Its protected by its geographical location and developed in a very hierarchical manner. Click the following link to begin exploring Ancient India.
Ancient India Unit
Though the standards start with the later dynasties we start with the Q'in dynasty. Many of students didn't cover it in 6th grade and it is just too important (and interesting!) to leave out. There is lots of information covered about this wonderful dynasty. The Great Wall of China, Silk Road, and many other inventions like papyrus (paper), gunpowder and others will be discussed about Ancient China. This unit takes about 2-3 weeks. Click the following link to explore Ancient China.
Ancient China Unit
The Roman Empire!!! This unit will take about three to four weeks. It is packed with information that sets up the rest of the year. Inside you'll find History related to Julius Caesar, barbarian ordeals, gladiator games and life in Pompeii. You will also be introduced to ancient art like the Coliseum, the Panthenon, and many symbols that closely relate to the United States. Click the following link to explore Ancient Rome.
Ancient Rome Unit
Based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ approximately 2,000 years ago, Christianity is one of the most influential religions in history. Although it began as a small sect of Judaism during the first century in ancient Israel, the Christian religion has nearly 2 billion followers at the beginning of the 21st century and can be found in virtually every corner of the globe. Click on the following link to explore Christianity.
Islam is one of the largest religions in the world, with over 1 billion followers. It is a monotheistic faith based on revelations received by the Prophet Muhammad in 7th-century Saudi Arabia. The Arabic word islammeans “submission,” reflecting the faith's central tenet of submitting to the will of God. Followers of Islam are called Muslims. Click on the following link to explore Islam.
This is a smaller unit that only lasts about a week and covers the influence of Islam and Mansa Musa on African Kingdoms. In this unit, we will meet a person in Mansa Musa who is considered to be the richest man to ever walk the face of Earth. The focus is in on Ghana and Mali where the Islamic influences were strongest. The presentation also discusses the various geographic regions of Africa and the importance of its oral tradition.
This unit will be paired with some information from Ancient China. We will not be going through the Chinese unit but we will be recalling information we have learned. Mongolia is a mysterious empire becuase there is not much written history. What is known is that of great warfare and some long lasting war tactics. It is also home to one of the greatest rags to riches stories in Ghenghis Khan. Revenging his parents death and taking over half the world. So lets begin exploring by clicking on the following link to explore Mongolia.
I love this unit! Samurai, sumos, ninjas and poetry?! All in one? Amazing! This unit includes work with topics such as haiku, Japanese beauty, sumo wrestling and more. This unit takes about two weeks and in combined with the unit on Mongolia and China. By teaching them back to back I am better able to draw out the distinctions between them which, to me, is very important. Click on the following link to explore Ancient Japan.
This covers European history from the fall of the Roman Empire up to the beginnings of feudalism with a specific focus on the lifestyles of the different classes of people. This is part 1 of our Medieval Europe unit and takes about 2 weeks. The second half of the Medieval Europe unit explores the conflict between kings and popes, the Crusades, the Magna Carta and the Black Death. It is chock full of information and activities. One is an investigation into the Black Death through a DBQ and how it really spread. Click on the following link to explore the Middle Ages unit.
Middle Ages Unit
Renaissance and Reformation Period
This unit covers a lot of material and changes the world from a dark shell, to a bright future with arts and discoverys. This section in particular focuses on why change had become so desired in Europe and how the artists of the time helped set the tone for later changes in religion and science. Reformation focuses primarily on Martin Luther and the changes he inspired in the Christian church. Click on the following link to explore the Renaissance and Reformation period.
Renaissance and Reformation Unit
Very short unit lasting only a week that essentially tells the story of Galileo. It is themed around the movie the Matrix as the central questions of the unit are what is truth and what are the consequences of seeking that truth - both of which are key themes in the movie. Copernicus and Newton are also briefly discussed but Galileo is definitely the focus. Click on the following link to explore the Scientific Revolution.
Scientific Revolution Unit
This unit discusses the different explorers and many journeys made to discover the world today as we know it. We will look at what exploration meant and the influences exploration has had on the world today. We will discuss the 3 main G's of exploration: God, Glory, and Gold. Click on the following link to explore the Exploration unit.
This unit discusses the begin of early settlements in America. We look at the different view points of Indians and explorers to decide our opinions on how America really developed if it was taken by God's grace or if it was taken through blood shed and a more domonate culture. Click on the link to explore Early America.
Early America Unit