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Marianne John


January 18 Update


January 18, 2018


We are just wrapping up Chapters 7-8.  See the Assignments tab for upcoming deadlines and to find a copy of the study guide. 


The assessment for Chapters 7-8 covers all of Chapter 7 and pages 83-88 of Chapter 8.  It is a multiple choice test that we will take Tuesday, January 23.





Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Happy new year!  We had a productive first day back from winter break.   Prior to vacation, we read and studied Chapter 7, the introductory chapter in our unit on the Arabian Peninsula and Islam as a world religion.   This chapter is all about the geography of this key location.  We studied four climate/vegetation zones.  We identified specific environmental characteristics for each zone, as well as adaptations humans make to be able to exist and thrive in each zone.  Students already have completed the study guide and should use it to review for the assessment.


Today we reviewed together.  Students now know the types of responses I expect to see on the assessment.  They know that I am looking for strong academic language, not surface answers. Wise students will use the study guide and Chapter 7 to double check facts and prepare.


Wednesday--We will start Chapter 8 which shares the origin story of Islam. Our next assessment will cover facts from both Chapters 7-8.


Thursday--Chapter 7 Assessment on Arabian Peninsula.

Byzantine Unit--Update--December 4, 2017




December 4, 2017



     We are currently exploring the Byzantine Empire. Constantinople is our headquarters.  The DBQ packet and its five documents, along with certain sections Chapter 6 of the textbook are our sources of information about this Empire. One source claims that the Byzantine Empire is ignored in 21st century classrooms.  Our job is to gather information that will prove why modern day students should study the Byzantine Empire.    

     Students are taking notes in their composition books.  We are focusing on key categories, such as defenses, achievements, engineering/architecture, and others.  Wise students are capturing specific details to help them make an informed decision about which topic will be their specialty. Ultimately, for the assessment, each student will choose a specific category and write a mini essay that answers this BIG QUESTION:




What can wise students be doing right now to successfully complete this task?  Continue to read and study the documents we are covering in class.  Review the textbook sections we have read.  Once Byzantine resources are available in Google Classroom, use them for review.  Draft away with the knowledge you have at the moment and run a draft by me to see if you are on the right track.  


BYZANTINE ASSESSMENT--Wednesday, December 13.  

Thursdday--Byzantine Packet is due.


The packet this time will include the documents and notes from the composition books.

November 15 UPDATE



We will be visiting the Byzantine Empire next.  This unit builds on what the students learned about the Roman Empire and the Medieval times in Western Europe.  The Byzantine Empire is the Eastern Roman Empire that survived.  It did not fall in 476 C.E., but it lived on for almost a thousand years.  Our focus will be on this BIG question:  Why should we study the Byzantine Empire?  



To wrap up the unit on Medieval Europe, students are creating a one page illuminated manuscript.  Samples were shared in class.  Tuesday was a workday for most students.  


Due:  Thursday, November 16




Grades have been posted for the Chapter 4-5 assessments that students took last Wednesday.  During class Tuesday (11-14) I did a reteach on the medieval paragraph for a handful of students in each class.  Those students should come to CUB today or Thursday to write their assigned paragraphs.  


Students who practiced the paragraphs as assigned the week before the assessment did much better than if they had ignored the assignment.  The majority of those who shared a practice paragraph with me in the 5-6 days before the assessment generally did well on that paragraph.  Students who blew off the practice or who did mediocre practice probably received a test score that matched their efforts.  Good writing takes practice! 



November 2, 2017 UPDATE


November 2, 2017


We are wrapping up our study of Medieval Europe.  Chapter 4 led us through medieval towns and their development.  We saw many people in feudal society moving from manors into towns, learning trades, joining guilds, and claiming some freedoms that were denied them under feudalism.  In Chapter 5 we have learned about several factors that contribute even further to the decline of feudalism.  Various political developments, the Black Death, and the Hundred Years' War are three examples.


See assignment section for specific details on Tuesday's Chapter 5 study guide and Wednesday's Assessment. 


Next we will focus our attention on the eastern half of the Roman Empire that did NOT fall.  Our textbook calls it the Byzantine Empire, even though its inhabitants centuries ago still considered themselves to be Romans.  On to Constantinople!

October 6, 2017 Update with Deadlines and Clarifications


Friday, Oct. 6, 2017


I have been out of the classroom for 4 days attending district training.  It was great to be back with my students today.  Now that I’m back, I want to make sure we are all on the same page.  Here are upcoming deadlines and clarifications.  Students with questions, please e-mail me or come see me Monday.  


Middle Ages Study Guide

  1. Chapter 2--Today we checked most of it and will review a bit more on Monday.  

  2. Chapter 3--We will do several questions together Monday.  Students should complete their reading and the Chapter 3 study guide so we can check it Tuesday.  

Middle Ages Assessment--We will take this in two parts.

  1. Tuesday--Part I-Written.  This covers the feudal triangle/pyramid.  Ten days ago students created a triangle and were given early access to the writing prompt.  On the tests they are asked to write two duties or responsibilities for each group of people in the feudal system.  These eight answers will be written in complete sentences.  We have modeled strong answers in class and will review more on Monday.

  2. Wednesday--Part 2--This consists of 16 multiple choice questions based on Chapter 2-3, the warm up page and study guide.  Students also need to know the definition of clergy (on warm up page).


        a.  Students were assigned these Chapter 3 sections  on                 Wednesday.  

  • Sacraments and Salvation

  • Art and Architecture

  • Holidays

Wise students will have it done!  We will finish other sections on Monday in class.


b.  The TCI online work is NOT required.  It’s great independent practice though!


September 25, 2017 Update


September 25, 2017


This week we will continue learning about what happened after the Fall of the Western Roman Empire.  Chaos reigns and order must be restored.  Various barbarian tribes will claim power, but so will strong individuals.  The Roman Catholic Church will play a key role in restoring order.  


Here are some deadlines for the week.

1.  By Wednesday--Have Chapter 2 reading completed.  Know about Charlemagne, the Frankish King and Holy Roman Emperor. We started this chapter last Wednesday.


2.  Thursday--Quiz over Chapter 2.  What to study?  Go to online TCI textbook.  Review sections we've read.  Know about what happens after Rome falls and know the four basic sections of the feudal system and responsibilities of people in each section.

September 15, 2017 Update


September 15, 2017




This week we have been wrapping up the Rome unit.  Most students have completed the Rome assessment and turned in their packets.  Most students have submitted the Roman Fall and Legacy presentation.  Those who have make-up work or need more time will finish in CUB next week. 


I will continue to update grades as I finish scoring student work. Thank you for your patience.  I was out of the classroom for two days this week for district training.  My substitute left a note praising the students as respectful and hardworking.  Bravo!



In the coming weeks we will shift the focus from the Roman Empire, to what happens in the western part of the Empire after it fell in 476 C.E.  People go on living, working, fighting, but chaos reigns.  How will some semblance of order be restored?  Enter the Middle Ages.  It will take time, but eventually the Feudal system, with the help of the Roman Catholic Church, will help to impose some order.







August 22, 2017


We've gotten off to a good start.  Now that we've been in school for almost two weeks, the work is rolling forward.




1.  Wednesday--The "My Origin Project" is due at the beginning of class Wednesday.  This is a 20-point assignment that will go in the CE (20%) part of the grade.  Students were given clear instructions, many chances to ask for clarification, and a workday in class Friday.  I'm excited to see this first assignment.


2.  Friday--World Map Assessment--Tuesday students will have time in class to work on the world map.  They will review 15 basic map facts for this first geography assessment.  Spelling counts. We will review the practice maps in class on Friday.

Welcome to 7th Grade World History


This is where links to assignments or information on upcoming deadlines will be posted periodically.  


Upcoming deadlines and test dates are advertised in class daily on the agenda board.  Wise students will record these in their planners.



Current Assignments

Chapter 7-8 Assessment

Tuesday, January 23--This second part of our assessment on the Arabian Peninsula and the Introduction of Islam is all multiple choice.  


Students received the study guide Thursday and were given class time to work on it over two days.  


The packet of work for chapters 7-8 will be due the day of the assessment.  We will staple the packets on Friday. 

Assigned: 01/17/18 Category: Test Points: 0 Due: 01/23/18