Ronald B. BlackSubject: 7th Grade Social StudiesContact info: email@example.com
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This will be my eleventh year teaching 7th Grade Social Studies at Southeast and my eixth year with the Dragons team. I am a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and a big fan of the Tar Heels. I enjoy teaching Social Studies because I find students are always eager to learn more about their world. I coach Boys' Track and NAL during the school year. We are looking forward to a great year in the Seventh grade.
Important Things to Know
“Rebirth” of classical ideas that led to the development of new ideas about culture and art
Printing press; Humanism; Art; Italy; Florence; Classical knowledge from Greeks and Romans
Religious movement to reform the Catholic Church that led to the development of the Protestant Churches
Indulgences; 95 Theses; Protestantism; Reform; Catholic Church; Corruption
The exploration of other countries resulted in increased power and wealth for Europe
Triangular Trade; Gold, God and Glory(reasons for exploration); Competition; Slave Trade; Columbian Exchange
New discoveries were being made through the application of the Scientific Method, which changed many beliefs and ideas accepted in the past
Scientific Method; Natural Laws(Gravity, Motion); Heliocentric vs. Geocentric Model; Microscope; Telescope; Innovation; Francis Bacon; Galileo; Copernicus; Isaac Newton
Enlightenment and French Revolution
Philosophers created new ideas about government. These ideas led to political revolutions in many nations when citizens wanted rights and a better life.
Natural Rights; freedom of speech; Social Contract; Religious tolerance; separation of powers; John Locke; Jean Jacques Rousseau; Baron Montesquieu; Thomas Hobbes; Voltaire
Innovations in technology can affect quality of life
Factory system; textiles; railroads; agricultural revolution; crop rotation; Enclosure; push-pull factors; urbanization; Steam engine; Labor unions
Industrial nations colonize weaker nations to increase power and wealth. Trade relations did not benefit partners equally
Scramble for Africa(Ethiopia, Liberia); Cash Crop; Open Door policy; Sphere of influence; Mutiny
World War I
Political alliances can lead to conflict. Improved technology can make war more terrible and can affect war’s outcome
Nationalism, Alliances; Treaty of Versailles; Russian Revolution(Communist Revolution); Trench Warfare; New weapons; Stalemate; MANIA(Militarism-Alliances-Nationalism-Imperialism-Assassination)
Inter War Years
Treaty of Versailles left some European nations bitter with WWI’s outcome. Majority of world was politically and economically unstable. Rise of Totalitarian leaders(dictators)
Fascism(Italy); Nazism(Germany); Stalinism(Soviet Union/Russia); Great Depression; Stock Market Crash; Totalitarianism; Mussolini; Hitler; Stalin; Tojo
World War II
Dictators in Italy, Germany, and Japan began to build up the military and conquer other nations. Democracies failed to react(Great Britain, France) or were isolationist(US)
D-Day June 6, 1944; Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941; Invasion of Czechoslovakia and Poland; Anti-Semiticism; Holocaust; Battle of Britain; Battle of Stalingrad; Manhattan Project; Atomic Bomb; FDR; Winston Churchill; Stalin
Tensions arose between the US and the Soviet Union and their allies. More of a political rivalry than a war. Economic showdown between capitalism and communism. Many former colonies get independence.
Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe; Containment; Berlin Airlift; Korean War; Vietnam War; NATO; Warsaw Pact; Détente; Cuban Missile Crisis; John F. Kennedy; Mao Zedong; Fidel Castro; Mohandas Gandhi; Nelson Mandela
New World Order
World is interconnected and technology driven. Competition and the need for resources. China, India and the former Warsaw Pact join the world economy. Terrorism is a major problem, terrorists may be religious, nationalist, or ideological.
Developing nation(poor, agricultural economy, little industry, Southern Hemisphere); Developed nation(industrialized, rich, Northern Hemisphere); Third World; terrorism; globalization; Osama bin Laden;