7th Grade Social Studies Syllabus

7th Grade Social Studies  -  Mr. Seasock     



We will be following the State of Michigan Curriculum Guidelines for 7th grade social studies.

The text we will be using is titled People, Places and Change by Holt Publishing.  It is an introduction to World Studies.  After a general review of social studies skills, we will be covering the following Units:  

  • Unit 4 Russia and Northern Eurasia:

-    Chapter 16 Central Asia

  • Unit 5 Southwest Asia
    • Chapter 17 The Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan
    • Chapter 18 The Eastern Mediterranean
  • Unit 7 East and Southeast Asia
    • Chapter 24 China, Mongolia, Taiwan
    • Chapter 25 Japan and the Koreas
    • Chapter 26 Southeast Asia
  • Unit 8 South Asia
  • Chapter 27 India
  • Chapter 28 The Indian Perimeter
  • Unit 6 Africa
    • Chapter 19 North Africa
    • Chapter 20 West Africa
    • Chapter 21 East Africa
    • Chapter 22 Central Africa
    • Chapter 23 Southern Africa
      • Unit 9 The Pacific World and Antarctica
  • Chapter 29 Australia and New Zealand
  • Chapter 30 The Pacific Islands and Antarctica


  1. Notebook – Students will be required to take notes regularly in class. This will allow students to refer back to definitions, explanations and prepare for quizzes and tests. Notes will be checked before each chapter test and will be given the same weight as an assignment.
  2. Folder – A simple two pocket folder dedicated to this class only will allow students to store and transport homework in a neat and organized manner.  Folded and torn papers will not be accepted. 
  3. Pencils, pens and erasers – All homework, quizzes and tests must be completed in pencil or erasable ink in order to receive credit.  Mistakes must be erased, not scribbled out. 
  4. Colored pencils and a ruler – We do a good many maps.  Quality colored pencils and a ruler is necessary.  Accuracy and neatness are important – staying in the lines counts!
  5. Textbook – One textbook will be issued to each student at the start of the year.  It must be brought to class every day.   



Homework will be a part of this class.  Homework can be expected two to three times per week and unless otherwise directed, is due the following day.  Students are allowed two days for each day of excused absence to make up the work.  It is the responsibility of the student to request, complete and turn in absent work. 



Homework must be done neat and accurately in pencil or erasable ink.  Maps in colored pencil.  The correct heading must be on all homework assignments; that includes – first and last name, date, class period, chapter number and type of assignment. 



Use your MISTAR Parent Connection to view your child’s grades.  I use a total point system to determine student grades.  Typically, a regular assignment is worth 10 points, quizzes are worth 20 points, projects are worth 50 points and tests are worth 100 points.  These may vary depending on a number of factors.  I use the grading scale published in the  Code of Conduct for the middle school. 



Additional teacher made progress reports will be distributed to students in class every few weeks, typically on Fridays.  These reports are in addition to the mid-marking period progress reports that are distributed by the office.  Classroom progress reports will list all assignments and corresponding grades for the current marking period; they also reflect the students’ overall grade as of the printing date.  Please note the dates below of progress report distribution: Sept. 21,  Oct. 19,  Nov. 30,  Jan. 11,  Feb. 15,  March 8,  April 26,  May 17.



Grade assistance is an after-school program designed to provide students with an opportunity to receive additional instruction, make-up missing assignments, and redo low assignments.  The program will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. once or twice a week; the actual day(s) will be provided to students on a weekly basis.  Assignments must be made up before the test on that material.



  1. Bring necessary materials to class and be prepared to work.
  2. Be in your assigned seat when the bell rings; remain there unless excused by the teacher.
  3. Raise hand to be recognized.
  4. Follow teacher direction the first time given.
  5. Respect the rights and property of others.
  6. Adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. 



  1. Verbal warning
  2. Sentences or detention
  3. Removal from class (includes a telephone call home and referral written to student file).



      I can be reached via e-mail through the district/middle school website: www.apps.k12.mi.us

      I can be reached via voice mail through the middle school voice mail system, 313-827-2200.

    Classroom Website – for weekly schedules and other classroom information:



  Parents and guardians will have an opportunity to meet the teachers and receive further classroom    

     information on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Park Middle School



MR. SEASOCK – 7th Grade Social Studies


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We have read and discussed the information in this course outline.


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