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Grade 7  World History: The Middle Ages


Themes:  We will study a variety of cultures, including their governments, religions and philosophies, inventions and innovations.  We will see the ways in which people of all cultures were similar, and also how they were different.  We will look at how people adapted to the environment in which they lived, and also how they changed that environment.  We will investigate each culture's achievements, and also their failures.  By the end of the year, students will have a greater understanding of the events of the past, and how the process of change occurs over time.


Units and Standards

Trimester 1:

1. The Tools of History

2. The Roman Empire (7.1)

3. Origins of Islamic Culture (7.2)

4. Africa, a Diverse Continent--begin (7.4)


Trimester 2:

4. Africa, a Diverse Continent--finish (7.4)

5. East Asian Civilizations (7.3 & 7.5)

6. Medieval Europe--begin (7.6)


Trimester 3:

7. Medieval Europe--finish (7.6)

8. The Birth of Modern Europe: The Renaissance, The Reformation and Counter-Reformation, The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment  (7.8, 7.9, 7.10 & 7.11 partial)

9. The European Age of Exploration and Civilizations of the Americas (7.11 partial & 7.7)


All grades are entered into the PowerTeacher Gradebook computer program as they arrive, and parents can see those cumulative grades throughout the year by way of the Powerschool Portal.  Go to  If you or your student do not have the login information or password, please see the Jane Addams front office staff to obtain them.

Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China

Learning Objectives: The following are the main types of assignments that students will perform during this school year, along with the learning objective for each.

Lessons (Note taking practice):  Students will organize historical facts into important themes.  Students will also develop subject specific vocabulary during this practice.

In-Class Readings:  Students will analyze primary and secondary source documents pertaining to that week's historical theme.

Textbook Research:  Students will use the textbook as a secondary source to expand their historical knowledge, as well as practice reading comprehension and analysis skills.

Video, audio, web research:  Students will use technology to access various secondary and primary sources, including broadcast documentaries pertaining to that week's theme, artistic and architectural examples of each culture's achievements, and literary products of those cultures. This will include opportunities for writing, listening and speaking practice as outlined in the California state standards for language development in History.

Projects: Students will apply their understanding of the concepts studied in class time by creating artistic and/or literary products.  Written products will reflect the California state standard for language development in History.

Quiz/Test:  Students will take quizzes as formative assessments during a unit of study, and a final test at the end of that unit, to demonstrate their achievement in understanding for that unit of work.

Portfolio:  Students will practice their preparation and organization skills by turning in all work for a unit at the end of that unit in a prescribed manner, demonstrating a graded level of organization (0-100%).


There are two voluntary extra-credit assignments available to the students each trimester.  They usually involve the application of independent research and/or writing skills as outlined in the California state standards for language development in History. 


California State Standards documents can be located at this web site: