7th Grade Syllabus

Gemini Junior High School

7th Grade Social Studies


Instructor: Mr. Arends

Room: 208

Classroom #: 847-493-8516

E-mail: marends@emsd63.org

Teacher Website: http://www.emsd63.org/subsite/ghs/teacher/908


Introduction: Hello! My name is Mr. Arends and I teach Social Studies on the All-Stars team. This is my fourth year teaching at Gemini Jr. High. I anticipate having a great year and cannot wait to get started.


The 7th grade curriculum covers U.S. and world geography, the U.S. Constitution and U.S. history between the Industrial Revolution and World War I. This year, we are very excited to be using a new textbook and accompanying interactive reader called: America: History of Our Nation 2011 – Prentice Hall. I will have a classroom set of textbooks, however, most students will be expected to access the text online (please see attached access questions). The textbook will also be supplemented with both visual and textual primary sources in order to teach students how to analyze these sources as well as make historical arguments.


Materials Needed Daily


A labeled spiral notebook (for this class only)

A labeled two-pocket folder (for this class only)

America: History of Our Nation Interactive Reader

Assignment notebook



All assignments should be written down in each student’s assignment notebook on a daily basis. Assignments may also be found in the This Week or Calendars section on the class website. I encourage parents/guardians to look through their child’s assignment notebook and follow their grades on PowerSchool in order to keep track of what is happening in our classroom.



Students are expected to complete assignments on time. If an assignment is not turned in on time, students are still required to complete the assignment for half credit. Each assignment is due at the beginning of the class and should be turned in to the appropriate bin. On average, students will receive social studies homework no more than twice a week.