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Social Studies 7
English 12

Social Studies 7 2017-18

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Chapter 15 terms to know: West African Culture

  1. oral tradition
  2. griot
  3. written tradition
  4. geneology
  5. folktale
  6. proverb
  7. call and response
  8. balafon
  9. ngoni
  10. kora
  11. terra-cotta
  12. applique'

Ch. 15 short answer ?’s:

  1. Describe how west Africa history, beliefs and values were passed down through oral and written traditions.
  2. What functions does music serve in W.A. society? What styles of singing, instruments, drumming and dance are characteristic of WA society?

Due Wednesday 1-3-5 Thursday 2-4-6

Chapter 14 terms to know: Islam comes to West Africa

  1. Almoravids
  2. Mansa Musa
  3. Songhai
  4. amulet
  5. succession
  6. patrilineal
  7. Timbuktu
  8. Arabic

Ch. 14 short answer ?’s:

  • What three major changes occurred in West African government and law as a result of Islamic influence?
  • Explain the Muslim influence on each of these areas of culture in West Africa: education, architecture and art.


Chapter 13 terms to know:

  1. middlemen
  2. matrilineal
  3. Ibn Battuda
  4. porters
  5. Wangara
  6. Taghaza
  7. Kumbi
  8. Mali

Ch. 13 Reading Questions:

  1. Why was Ghana's King so powerful?  How was power passed down when the king died?
  2. Describe Ghana's military forces. How did these forces add to the king's power?
  3. Recount the history of trans-Saharan trade.  Why was Ghana's location ideal for controlling trans-Saharan trade?
  4. Explain the importance of gold and salt in trans-Saharan trade.
  5. What goods were exchanged in Kumbi?  Why did traders use a silent barter system?
  6. What factors contributed to the decline of Ghana?

DUE MONDAY  11/13/17

Make a list of the following Ch. 12 terms and identify them:

  1. The Sahara
  2. Sahel
  3. Savanna
  4. Niger River
  5. Extended families
  6. Nok
  7. Jenne-jeno
  8. tribute

Answer the following reading questions from ch. 12:

  1. Describe the physical features of WEST Africa, vegetation & climate. How did geography influence settlement & trade?
  2. Why did extended families eventually join together to form villages?
  3. Explain the role of ironworking and trade in the development of villages into towns and cities?
  4. What did archaeologists excavations of Jenne-jeno reveal about ancient West Africa?
  5. How did the first kingdoms in West Africa develop? How did trade influence the development?

    1)  Unit EXAM for Arabian Peninsula & ISLAM - MONDAY, 10/30/17

    2)  Guide to Islam" due Friday, 11/3/17

MY GUIDE TO ISLAM will contain the following items:

_____A.  Map 1 of Arabian Peninsula (Zones)
_____B.  Map 2 of Islamic Expansion
_____C.  Camel sketching with labeling
_____D.  Arabian Peninsula 
_____E.  Story of Muhammad
_____F.  Story with Islamic terms
_____G.  Great accomplishments of Islam
_____H.  Five Pillars
_____I.   Compare Shi’ite to Sunni  (1/2 page)
_____J.   Arabic language NAME
_____K.  Mosaic
_____L.  Muhammad Timeline
_____M.  ***5 things I will never forget of ISLAM

Use this sheet as a checklist and remember to start thinking about creative ways that you will put this all together and also remember that you will be adding images and overall spice, so be on the lookout…

DUE: Friday, November 3, 2017.  No late guides accepted!

Arabian Peninsula - Islam Unit Exam Monday 10/30/17

Guide to Islam Due Friday 11/3

ID's from (ch. 7)

  1. Arabian peninsula
  2. Caravan
  3. Plateau
  4. Nomad
  5. Bedouins
  6. Sedentary
  7. Oasis
  8. Barter
  9. Irrigate
  10. Terrace

Story two:

  1. Muslim
  2. Mecca
  3. Islam
  4. Polytheism
  5. prophet
  6. Monotheism
  7. Medinah
  8. Caliph
  9. Qur’an



  1. Mecca
  2. Ka'ba
  3. clans or tribes
  4. Trader/merchant
  5. "Al Amin"
  6. Hira cave
  7. Gabriel
  8. Monotheism
  9. Qur'an
  10. Mecca rejects
  11. Night journey
  12. Muhammad returns to Mecca
  13. Destroying idols in ka'ba


    Exam Review Sheet

Date of Exam: Monday, October 30, 2017


  1. The Geography of the Arabian Peninsula
  2. The Prophet Muhammad
  3. The Teachings of Islam
  4. Contributions of Muslims to World Civilizations

Chapters from Text:  7, 8, 9 & 10

Geography of Arabian Peninsula

Ch. 7

  • Know characteristics of the Four Major Climate Regions & adaptations people made to survive and flourish
  • Know Terms from Story

The Prophet Muhammad

Ch. 8

  • Know Terms from story
  • Be able to account for major events of Muhammad’s life, spreading of early Islam and call to prophet hood

The Teachings of Islam

Ch. 9

  • Know Chapter 9 terms from story
  • Place of Worship, Compare Sunni/Shi’ite
  • 3 Holy Books: Qu’ran=recitings, Sunnah=practices/ways, Hadith=sayings
  • Know the Five Pillars by name and description

Contributions of Muslims to World Civilizations

Ch. 10

  • Name the contributions that Islamic civilization made in the following areas:
  • Architecture, philosophy
  • Science and technology
  • Geography and navigation
  • Medicine
  • Bookmaking and literature
  • Art, music & recreation

Extra Credit Questions will be about “The Crusades”

Test will be comprised of mainly multiple choice questions, with some fill in & short answer questions.

DUE FRIDAY 10/20/17

Story of Islamic Terms.  Third and FINAL STORY!

Continue with the character you have been using for your past stories, or create a new one for this story that will use the following terms:

A story about the religion of Islam and what it means to be a Muslim.  The terms to be used (ALL MUST BE USED, underlined AND IN THE CORRECT CONTEXT):

  • Qur'an
  • Sunnah
  • Jihad
  • Shari'ah
  • Hadith
  • Imam
  • Almsgiving
  • Ramadan
  • Hajj

`Use Ch. 9 of your textbook as a resource    

Also the timeline of Muhammad is due as well...

Homework and Classwork due Friday 10/6/17

  1. Read ‘Setting the Stage’ pages 72-73
  2. Read Chapter 7 – The Geography of the Arabian Peninsula. Pages 75-81
  3. Re-create Map on page 75 with color and a key
  4. Re-create the CAMEL in class
  5. Make a definition list (neatly – these begin your notes for the BIG exam on Islam) of the following terms from Ch. 7 in pen on lined sheet of paper. 
  6. Create a one page story using the terms. Be creative!

Chapter 7 terms to ID:

  1. Arabian Peninsula
  2. caravan
  3. plateau
  4. nomad
  5. Bedouins
  6. sedentary
  7. oasis
  8. barter
  9. irrigate
  10. terrace


Due 10/3/17


  1. What IS history?
  2. Here are some quotes from the past about history.  Place a (+) in front of the quotes which are (in my opinion) positive, and a (-) in front of those which are (in my opinion) negative.  Also, explain your choices with a brief summary in your words of what the quote is trying to say!
  1. The history of the world is none other than the progress of the consciousness of freedom.
    Hegel, 1770-1831
  2. Anything but history, for history must be false.
    William Somerville, 1675-1742
  3. History repeats itself.
  4. History hath triumphed over time, which besides it nothing but eternity hath triumphed over.
    Sir Walter Raleigh, 1552-1618
  5. History is little else than a picture of human crimes and misfortunes.
    Voltaire, 1694-1778
  6. Peoples and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.
    Hegel, 1770-1831
  7. I have read somewhere or other.......that history is philosophy teaching by examples.
    Henry St. John, 1678-1751
  8. A person without history or literature is a mechanic, a mere working mason; if he possesses some knowledge of these, he may venture to call himself an architect.
    Sir Walter Scott, 1771-1832
  9. ‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past
    And History, with all her volumes vast,
    Hath but one page.
    Lord Byron, 1788-1824
  10. Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.  We of this Congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves.
    Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865
  11. "The supreme purpose of history is a better world"
    Herbert Hoover
  12. History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.”
    Etienne Gilson 1884-1978
  13. If the will of every man were free, that is, if every man could act as he chose, the whole of history would be a tissue of disconnected accidents.
    Leo Tolstoy 1828-1910
  14. The study of history is useful to the historian by teaching him his ignorance of women.
    Henry Adams, 1838-1918
  15. No period of history has ever been great or ever can be, that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.
    Alfred Whitehead, 1861-1947
  16. Human history is in essence a history of ideas.
    Herbert Wells, 1866-1946
  17. The crazy combative patriotism that plainly threatens to destroy civilization is very largely begotten by the schoolmaster and the schoolmistress in their history lessons.
  18. "History is the self-consciousness of humanity"  
  19. A country without a memory is a country of mad men.
    George Santayana
  20. "A page of history is worth a volume of logic"
    (Oliver Wendell Holmes).

C.  Use the Internet or some other source. Then record below 3  or 4  modern quotes about history.  Include the sources of my new quotes:


D.  Below, write out 2-3 reasons why I should have to learn history.  Be sure to include several ideas from the quotes on these pages, and my own ideas.

Homework for 9/25/17 due 9/26/17

Create a timeline formatted correctly that has 12 major events of your life plotted on or within.

English 12

Please join us for a walk on part in the war.  Please do not choose a lead role in a cage.

"INTO THE WILD" - Reading Quiz through chapter 5 on Monday March 19, 2018

The Alchemist:

By Monday, 11/13 have the following complete:

Section 5 - #'s 32,34,35, 38. 
Section 6 - #'s 42 through 47

Also remember dialectical journals for each section...

Section Two Reading ?'s: 8 total  #14-19, 22-23
Section Three: 4 total 25-28

Week 9/25/17
  • College Essays
  • Personal Statements 
  • Due This Week

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