What's happening this week?

  • March 18th-21st

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 3/18/2019

    Happy week before Spring Break!
    This week we are wrapping up our Africa unit with an argumentative essay.

    Here is the graphic organizer which you should use to prepare your draft:



    Monday: We will complete all of the graphic organizer, with the evidence and reasoning, except for the counter-claim and rebuttal.

    Evidence You can use in your essay:

    -Journal Notes (Cite them as Journal Entry "Title of Journal Entry" page in journal)

    -East and West African Kingdoms (Blue and Yellow Articles available in class hard copy, please grab one if you need it)

    -Gold and Salt Article (hard copy available in class)

    -Slave Trade video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NXC4Q_4JVg

    -East Indian Ocean Trade: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18uodeR7XPCq4NE76c6Ta6eYhrd4kLAOT1mypjVzXNbM/edit?usp=sharing

    -European stereotypes during Imperialism: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-o_ieQ9dGv1aXVWYzlCT0s2aWM/view?usp=sharing

    -Health in the Congo articles: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GISHzLkatqy9T1JtUqbak0E_8ENw1B6uMCelenCi7wk/edit?usp=sharing

    -Notes from Jared Diamond episode discussing health impacts of imperialism are here:

    -Conflicts in the Congo article: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b0nLENFUt2AWneWWPxQGBZ-jBnN8F_rljC-iXCYnOrA/edit?usp=sharing 

    -Imperialism article: https://newsela.com/read/BHP-10-africa-slavery/id/9607/

    -Imperialism video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJe1W_HIWmA

    -Africa's wealth today articles:

    Chocolate: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xsw0aIJuRCpiNginUHXX6sY2HMjlonmirQrfFmXWlTI/edit?usp=sharing

    Coltan (in iPhone): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sQTEiXDJeZ7c5DhFHNEP1h4NQ0PdHfIq_1Xf5nXXojU/edit?usp=sharing

    Diamonds: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z8ZC8z3RdghPlP4kAKzuOl0GcWiXuX8V3sEjdcrSqLQ/edit?usp=sharing

    Gold:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dkaDTYH1RCJ8oraEBcHJomwiji7rzubJe6BPZNJBCH8/edit?usp=sharing


    Tuesday we will work on rebuttals and counter claim (slide show explanation on slides 86-88: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FSTMxxr5k1cRtJJEJ5z1Myd_y1xu_kfvzknVxGw5zlo/edit?usp=sharing)

    then begin drafting our essay (ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM)

    Wednesday and Thursday we will finish the essay and celebrate our accomplishments this unit!


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  • March 11th-15th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 3/11/2019

    Welcome to the home stretch before spring break!

    This week is all about understanding impacts of imperialism on Africa today

    Monday we will check in our journals to evaluate our progress in the unit so far and make some statements challenging stereotypes in Africa to summarize our learning

    Tuesday and Wednesday we will look at a specific case study: the Congo (see Google Classroom for packet) and practice comparing sources to make a claim

    Thursday we will organize our evidence for our final assessment for the Africa unit, an argumentative essay that will be completed in class.

    If you are absent, please print and fill out this graphic organizer:


    Friday will be a student choice investigation into "Where are Africa's wealth/resources today? How do you see impacts of imperialism in Africa today?"

    using a variety of current events articles, students will read and summarize evidence to answer the question.

    (See google classroom for assignment)

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  • Feb 25th-March 8th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 2/25/2019

    We will continue to bust myths about Africa!


    Feb 25th: Stereotypes, defining their role in our own lives (journal notes)

    Feb 26th:  Challenging the Myth "Africa has always been poor" by reading Gold and Salt reading (available in class) and practicing note taking techniques

    Feb 27th: Snow Day

    Feb 28th: Guest Speaker Mrs Fashu-Kanu talking about Great Zimbabwe! (journal notes)

    March 1st: East vs West African Kingdom readings (available in class)


    Monday March 4th: Narrative Describing African Kingdoms (on Google Classroom)

    Tuesday March 5th: East Indian Ocean Trade simulation (myth buster: Africa has always been disadvantaged in its economy and trade)


    Wednesday March 6th: Imperialism reading part 1 slave trade


    Thursday March 7th: Imperialism reading part 2:


    Assignment: Read and highlight Europe's motives (what they wanted) in Yellow, and how they did it (methods- weapons, technology) in Green

    Friday March 8th: Examining Stereotypes created by Europeans during Imperialism: 


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  • Feb 11th-22nd

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 2/11/2019

    Inquiry Group meeting (Monday February 11th)

    Read source 3 Tuesday the 12th

    Wed the 13th- Model Step 4 and do Step 4

    Thursday the 14th- Preparing for Q and A, Rehearsing

    Friday the 15th- Evacuation Day :( missed school


    Tuesday the 19th- Final rehearsal

    Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st- PRESENTATIONS!

    Friday the 22nd- START AFRICA UNIT

    Africa map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hY51cuXfZBI3RIchjfp7M5Y_cVbebpa3/view?usp=sharing 




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  • February 4th-February 8th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 2/4/2019

    Monday February 4th:

    We did a lesson on how to search Google effectively, students who were absent can find notes here:



    Tuesday February 5th:

    Students will use RADCAB to find 3 reliable sources to read about for their research project


    Wednesday February 6th: EARLY RELEASE

    Students will have close reading method modeled for them by the teacher, and then begin close reading their sources, keeping notes in their inquiry packet.

    Inquiry Packet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mZFJlhLjbwD70oa9-qCsMjpu7hn_NdzLwdDkq6gEpSo/edit?usp=sharing 

    Thursday February 7th:

    Students will close read Source #2

    Friday February 8th:

    Students will close read Source #3

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  • January 28th-February 1st

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 1/28/2019

    Monday: Grading Day No School!

    Tuesday: Students select topics for inquiry project

    Wednesday: Students meet in inquiry groups for the first time, and work on team-builders

    Thursday: Students create their research question (Step 1 of their research project) and receive their inquiry packet:


    Step 1 is graded, if absent, please see Mr Marshall about how to make this up!

    Friday: Students do background reading assignment on Google classroom to help prepare them for research.

    Check google classroom for 2/1 Posting, this is submitted for a grade, if absent please do for homework and submit!


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  • January 22nd-25th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 1/22/2019

    Tuesday we are looking at the achievements of Ancient Muslim civilizations! Please check in with Mr Marshall about what you missed if you were absent, as this will be on Thursday's quiz.

    Achievements: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ehf7tGY8JvfvhyOR9rrN3hJswBGzkT-c/view?usp=sharing 


    Wednesday we will do a "mini inquiry" to explore how the second half of our unit will look- and review for the quiz Thursday!

    The Article we are going to explore is called How the Middle East Got that Way, and can be found here:


    Study Guide is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eKK6iqgNHJ1OdE6h18CIkYocIFSgst0Nqj-pDzDhT68/edit?usp=sharing 

    Notes on study guide are here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dww6L0i5PENdlLeTsw37qnaP0Y3RdgvA/view?usp=sharing


    Thursday we will take the QUIZ and finish our discussion of Middle East conflicts today


    Friday we will do a gallery walk to pick topics for our research project

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  • January 14th-18th: Middle East Unit Continues!

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 1/14/2019

    On Monday we will start a documentary to better understand the origins of Islam and how it impacted the Ancient Middle East:



    Copy of notes available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cvBqor0ZOW0nKnvA1Kz2gyu2LCbdxKjM/view?usp=sharing 


    On Tuesday we will finish the documentary and be able to answer the question: How did Islam spread so quickly? What did it change about life in the Middle East?


    Wednesday is an early release, so we will have 35 minute classes, we will grade our journals and then do an enrichment (available on google classroom).


    Thursday we will discuss some of the misconceptions about Islam and then start looking at what happened in the Middle East after Muhammad dies and the split of Sunni and Shia Islam using pages in our history textbook.

    We will watch a short video to explain the split between Sunni and Shia and read pg 379 from the scanned pages below.


    Friday we will add the Ottoman empire to our maps and discuss how and why this Muslim Empire was able to control so much land and create the Golden Age of Islam, using pages 386-7 from the scanned pages below. 


    Textbook pages scanned here:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/14oP2s8Ke8rBK4yOm2UaAPZhNK9tnT7rf/view?usp=sharing


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  • Welcome to our New Unit and 2019: January 8th-11th

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 1/7/2019

    Welcome back to social studies!

    Monday is a work day for teachers

    Tuesday we will begin exploring the Middle East through a picture tour and creating a map of the middle East.

    If you are absent, please label this map:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yVkBRnq1gx1PslK-R6SYkyC-6UAEZu7CRN_niGH6-bc/edit?usp=sharing

    Using this PDF from our school atlas: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fto8WNEnFhPtfm6EFFze64wKOgfdOntZ/view?usp=sharing


    Wednesday we will read finish our maps, and read a Newsela article about some of the advantages and disadvantages geography provided the civilizations of the Middle East. If absent, please read the article here: https://newsela.com/read/lib-mid-east-ancient-modern-crossroads/id/39092/ and underline geographic advantages and disadvantages.

    Students will be able to share their predictions about how geography helped or hurt the growth of Empires in the Middle East.


    Thursday we will look at how important the land of the Middle East is to the world's 3 Major Religions through an inquiry "What Makes the Middle East a Holy Land"

    The google classroom assignment can be found here:


    If you are absent Thursday or Friday, please read this newsela article: https://newsela.com/read/lib-holy-land-three-faiths/id/35498/

    After reading, write a three paragraph reflection explaining why the Middle East is holy land for Christians, Muslims and Jews.


    Friday we will be processing and assessing our knowledge by creating a postcard describing the Middle East through the perspective of either a Christian, Jewish, or Muslim person and why the land is Holy to each religious tradition.

    Assignment instructions:

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  • Welcome to 7th grade social Studies!

    Posted by Tyler Marshall on 8/27/2018

    The goal of our 7th grade class is to begin to understand multiple forces and perspectives that shape our world, and what happens when those perspectives are in conflict!

    Our essential questions to guide the year are:

    What happens when the world becomes more connected?

    How does power and perspective influence the way that different groups experience that connection?

    How does power and perspective influence the way that the story unfolds?

    How can we apply our understanding to create greater fairness, justice and equity in the world?




    We will explore roughly 300 BCE-1500 CE to understand how the civilizations of the Eastern Hemisphere became more interconnected, from the ancient kingdoms of Africa and the empires of the Middle East, to how societies were organized in Europe, Japan and China.
    West Linn Wilsonville Social Science Curriculum Framework
    Oregon State Standards for Social Sciences
    Social Studies Common Core Standards
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