7th Grade Social Studies


Language Arts  •  Math  •  Science & Religion  •  Social Studies



Welcome to U.S. Studies (1800-present day)

Mrs. Koch


Seventh graders study American history from 1800 to present day using Prentice Hall's
American history text.  History Day is a major research project for this class.

End of Week 23:  Friday, February 16, 2018

Students finished editing their process papers and annotated bibliographies.  They printed pictures and started work on their exhibits.  MMSA History Day will be Thursday, February 22.

End of Week 22:  Friday, February 9, 2018

We are on the home stretch of History Day.  Students are busy revising and preparing projects.

End of Week 21:  Friday, February 2, 2018

We all had so much fun celebrating Catholic Schools Week!  We finished our presentations and had some time to work on History Day!  Congratulations to Meghan who was our school National Geographic Geography Bee Champion.

End of Week 20:  Friday, January 26, 2018

We had a snow day on Tuesday!  The rest of the week students presented their projects for Unit 4.  Friday was a History Day work day.  Next week we will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week!

End of Week 19:  Friday, January 19, 2018

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  The majority of this week was spent on History Day instructions, going over deadlines and work time.  Friday was a the third progress check.  Students should be gathering their visuals and actively preparing for February 22, MMSA's History Day.

End of Week 18:  Friday, January 12, 2018

Congratulations to the National Geographic Geography Bee winners that will compete against other class winners during Catholic Schools Week!  The rest of the week students worked on History Day and attended a research session at the University of St. Thomas.  Next Monday is Martin Luther King Day to honor all he did for the Civil Rights Movement.

End of Week 17:  Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year!  Students continued their group projects about the expansion of the United States including the first Industrial Revolution, the Reform Movements and Going West.  Next week we start the National Geographic Geography Bee and go to the University of St. Thomas Library for research.

End of Week 16:  Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  When we return students will finish their group projects, continue History Day and start the National Geographic Geography Bee.  January 11 we will be going to the University of St. Thomas library to research for History Day.

End of Week 15:  Friday, December 15, 2017

Students have started their group project on Unit 4.  One group is focusing on the Industrial Revolution, another group is learning about Westward Expansion and the last group will present information about the Reform Movements.  As always students should be working on History Day.

End of Week 14:  Friday, December 8, 2017

Students finished Ch. 10 and completed a test on Tuesday.  Due to a shortened class on Wednesday, students had some History Day work time and the progress check began on Thursday.  I didn't get to all students on Friday, so History Day conferences will continue on Monday.  

End of Week 13:  Friday, December 1, 2017

This week students focused on the "Era of Good Feelings", President Andrew Jackson and the Trail of Tears.  Students will have a quiz next week.  Next Friday is History Day Progress Check #2.

End of Week 12:  Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Students worked on History Day while I continued to conference with students.  Happy Thanksgiving!

End of Week 11:  Friday, November 17, 2017

Students finished the War of 1812 and started the Era of Good Feelings.  Friday was the first History Day progress check.

End of Week 10:  Friday, November 10, 2017

Students prepared for the Veterans Day ceremony held after mass on Thursday.  Students did an excellent job honoring men and women who have served our country.  Thank you veterans for your commitment to our nation.

End of Week 9:  Friday, November 3, 2017

This week students took a field trip to Roseville Library to do more extensive research for History Day.  We also decided our jobs for Veterans Day which will be celebrated Thursday, November 9 after mass.  In history students learned about Thomas Jeffersons issues with the Barbary States, Britain and France.  We led up to the War of 1812.

End of Week 8: Friday, October 27, 2017

Students are continuing to work on History Day, but in class we've moved more into American History.  We've started with Thomas Jefferson's administration, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Lewis & Clark Expedition. 

End of Week 7:  Tuesday, October 17, 2017

This was a short week due to MEA.  Students finalized their History Day topics and began researching.

End of Week 6:  Friday, October 13, 2017

The seventh graders started learning about National History Day this week.  We were fortunate enough to
have Sammi Jo and Cyrus from the Minnesota National History Day speak to the class about exhibits and
then help
the students with their topics.  Topics are due next Tuesday, October 17.

End of Week 5:  Friday, October 6, 2017

Students focused on the Bill of Rights this week.  They chose one of the rights, researched it and wrote a
paragraph explaining how it is still relevant.  We shared and discussed those ideas on Thursday.  Friday we
had an in-class debate with students providing research to support their opinions.  It was an exciting week.

End of Week 4:  Friday, September 29, 2017

Students took a section of their NWEA test on Monday and students had a "catch-up" or enrichment day on Tuesday.  We focused on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship the rest of the week with an activity.

End of Week 3:  Friday, September 22, 2017

Thank you to all the parents that could attend Parent Information Night on Tuesday.  If you could not attend,
I will email the information.  This week students continued to focus on the Constitution and took a quiz over
the principles, goals and Bill of Rights.  

End of Week 2: Friday, September 15, 2017

Our focus has been the Constitution this week.  We read the Preamble and watched Schoolhouse Rock.  
Students will have the opportunity to earn 10 points extra credit, if they recite the Preamble in front of the
class by memory before the end of the quarter.    Students also completed their Constitution Day posters
for the party on Friday.  Although Constitution Day is Sunday, we celebrated on Friday with red, white and
blue food.  Students really enjoyed the NET retreat on Wednesday.

End of Week 1:  Friday, September 8, 2017

We've had a great start to the new school year and the students are back into the swing of things.  We went
over the syllabus, completed "Getting to Know You" and received textbooks.


I hope everyone has had a great summer.  I look forward to catching up and hearing about your adventures.  
This is going to be a great school year!



National History Day in Minnesota website http://education.mnhs.org/historyday/