Soc. Studies 7

Thursday, September 22:
In the classroom this morning, we took a close look at the “6 TRAITS OF WRITING” – and discussed your upcoming Social Studies Writing (inside the classroom) assignment. The topic of Monday’s essay requires you to do a little research into the topic in order for you to be ready to write your essay. You cannot prepare notes ahead of time and bring with you to class Monday, but you are welcome to think about it and brain-storm reasons for why your past has helped to shape the kind of person you are today.
Also, since so much time was used-up this morning discussing who Terry Fox was and what the “Terry Fox Run” is about, voting for Student Council positions, voting for your Grade 7 Representative (congratulations, Paula), and our focus upon the “6 Traits of Writing” and your upcoming essay, you have been given additional time to complete the first three parts of “TASK ONE” that is related to your Human Migration project.

Tuesday, September 20

Human Migration, Settlement Patterns and Population Distribution Project


Wednesday, September 14:
Current Events: The Nation Remembers

September 11, 2011, marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. that took thousands of lives and shocked the world. As Americans everywhere honor the memory of those who died, learn more about the events of that tragic day with these articles, videos, maps, and other resources.

CLICK HERE to browse through a collection of different Scholastic News Magazine articles related to what happened 10 years ago, and the 10th year anniversary of this tragic event that occurred Sunday, September 11, 2011.

This interactive timeline chronicles the events of 9/11 using images, audio and video from the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s permanent collection. The timeline tells the story of the day as it unfolded in the air and on the ground. It’s filled with first-person accounts from survivors, first responders and witnesses.

CLICK HERE for experiencing the 9/11 Interactive Timeline website

Due Date: Friday, September 16
Throughout the ages, the movement of people (human migration) has left footprints on our planet. People move for many reasons: adventure, freedom, economic advantage, trade and survival. Some immigrants prosper in new environments; others do not. As the citizenry of the 21st century continues to become increasingly mobile and interdependent, people and countries face complex questions and concerns.
Wednesday, September 7:

DUE DATE: Wednesday, September 14

Monday, September 5:
Objective: Students will examine reasons and patterns of human migration through the use of maps, charts, and diagrams (i.e., famine, natural disasters, political and religious oppression, and wars)
Directions: Complete the tasks as they are explained in the attached Human Migration document:
Human_Migration pdf

DUE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 (must be typed, using arial or times new roman font, size 12


Thursday, September 1:
Hi Students. No homework, other than coming to class Monday prepared for completing your INSIDE-THE-CLASS, 5-paragraph essay. Also, please remember to bring your textbooks, since they will be used Monday.


Tuesday, August 30:
Your “Five Paragraph Essay” related to your viewing of the documentary “HOME” documentary is due Thursday, September 1. Please refer to directions listed under “Friday, August 26” homework information as to how you should complete this assignment. Should you want to e-mail to me your PDF-converted essay, you’re welcome to at:
Directions for CONVERTING a Microsoft WORD document to PDF is … HERE!!
Directions for CONVERTING Apple’s PAGES document to PDF is … HERE!!
Overview (excerpts of which coming from
The video documentary, “HOME”, chronicles the present day state of the Earth, its climate and how humans have long-term repercussions on its future. A theme expressed throughout the documentary is that of linkage—how all organisms and the Earth are linked in a “delicate but crucial” natural balance with each other, and how no organism can be self-sufficient.
Video clips of the beginning of the natural world, starting with single-celled algae developing at the edges of volcanic springs. By showing algae’s essential role in the evolution of photosynthesis, it also explores the innumerable species of plants which all have their origins in this one-celled life form.
And, later in the documentary, there is more focus upon “human-environmental interaction”, showing the agricultural revolution and its impacts, before moving on to talk about our dependance of oil, leading to fire, industry, cities and inequality gaps like never before. The video also highlights concern regarding cattle ranches, deforestation, food and water shortages, the use of non-renewable “fossil water”, the over-quarrying crisis and the shortage of energy, namely electricity. Cities such as New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Shenzhen, Mumbai, Tokyo and Dubai are used as examples of the mismanagement and wastage of energy, water and food. The recession of marshlands and glaciers are shown in vast aerial shots of Antarctica, The North Pole and Africa, while mass emigration and refugee counts are shown currently and forecast in the event that these events remains unchanged.
It is at this point that the film begins to focus on climate-change and the carbon crisis. “HOME” shows how melting glaciers, rising sea levels and changing weather patterns are ravaging the people who have least to do with climate change, but also how it soon will affect rich populous areas.
The video documentary ends with a positive conclusion. The documentary attempts to show the “awful truths” regarding our impact on the Earth, but also what we are now doing to help solve these problems and reverse it: including renewable energy, the creation of more and more national parks, international co-operation between various nations on environmental issues and the extra education and reform being had across the globe in response to the current problems facing the earth.

Friday, August 26:
Using the “Five Paragraph Essay” format for consistently writing interesting and effective essays is a skill we’re currently focused on in class. On Friday, you began viewing the documentary entitled “HOME”, which highlights a number of the world-wide environmental concerns that many environmentalists and informed people share. During this documentary you were told to keep careful notes, jotting down the important issues related to our environment that are raised. We will be completing the “HOME” documentary on Tuesday, August 30. Then, you will be expected to:
1. Write a FIVE-PARAGRAPH ESSAY related to this documentary.
Paragraph one: Introduction, the main idea, or thesis
Paragraph two: Support/Proof/Details
Paragraph three: Support/Proof/Details
Paragraph four: Support/Proof/Details
Paragraph five: Summary and/or conclusion
Here is a more detailed explanation of the: The Five Paragraph Essay

2. Your essay MUST be typed, using a font size 11 or 12. And, using either Arial or Times New Roman font.
3. Your essay must also include a bibliography. In other words, you will be expected to cite the sources you used.