Welcome to Jr. High Social Studies!
Congratulations Class of 2018! I am so proud of you and excited for you as you begin this new journey. It has been a wonderful three years together! Your passion, curiosity, compassion, and drive were incredible. I cannot wait to hear about all of your accomplishments in the future.
Congratulations 7th graders, the Class of 2019, on stepping up to 8th grade. I wish you success in your new role as the leaders of the school. Have a safe and relaxing summer. I will see you in the fall.
- May 25 – Olympithon and 12:00 pm dismissal
- May 28 – Memorial Day – No School
- May 30 – 7th Grade Class Picnic
- June 1 – Talent Show at 7:00 pm
- June 4 – Culver’s lunch
- June 5 – Honors Assembly at 10:00 am; 8th Grade Graduation at 6:30 pm
- June 6 – Final All School Mass at 9:30 am prepared by the 7th grade class
- June 6 – Last Day of School; 11:00 am dismissal (Have a safe and relaxing summer! See you in August!)
Regional History Fair
Congratulations to the students who participated in the Regional History Fair on April 7 where you showcased your research, argument, and analysis. Your projects were excellent and you presented yourselves as knowledgeable, respectful individuals. I am proud of your hard work. Congratulations to Ruth F. for advancing to the Illinois State History Fair! Good luck!
7th Grade History Fair
Congratulations to all 7th graders on an impressive job on your history fair projects! There were many outstanding projects. I heard wonderful comments about your work from all judges and I, too, was impressed. Be proud of the hard work you put into this project.
The following projects will be advancing to the regional Chicago Metro History Fair competition on Saturday, April 7 at Lane Tech High School (the exact time of the event will be announced).
Isabela C.: University of Chicago: Red Invasions and Charles Walgreens Accusations
Ruth F.: Shots Fire: Harold Washington and the City Council Wars
Alex H.: Eight Angry Men: The Chicago Eight to Seven
Olivia P.: Changing a River, Changing a City
Nuala M.: Sears, Roebuck and Co. Catalog: The Big Book with a Big Impact
Ryan O. & Liam S.: The Haymarket Affair
Holly H.: The Chicago Mafia
Sophia A. & Bridget S.: No Contract No Work
Alexa S. & Olivia B.: Chicago Mural Movement: A Revolution Through Art
Callie W.: The Great Chicago Flood: Justice Over Judgement
7th Grade History Fair – Catholic Schools Week Open House
Students in grades 4-8 participated in the National Geography Bee. On Friday, January 26, St. Mary held its 1st annual school Geography Bee. All students did a great job in the preliminary competition, and one student per homeroom advanced to the school bee. Sebastian A. and Meg F. were the two finalists who advanced to the championship round. Sebastian is our school champion this year! Congratulations to all students for a job well done!
7th Grade Springfield Trip 2017
7-9’s first week of school
In 6th grade, we will be studying ancient world civilizations. We will be learning about Egypt, India, China, Greece, the Roman Republic, and the Middle Ages. We will also study different cultures and religions, including Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
In 7th grade, we will be learning about early American history, such as European exploration, the English colonies, the American Revolution, and the first presidents. We will also be studying the United States Constitution and the Illinois Constitution. Students will also participate in the Chicago Metro History Fair.
In 8th grade, we will be learning about United States History. We will learn about the Civil War and Reconstruction, industrialization, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the World Wars, the Holocaust, and the Cold War era. We will continue to learn more about the Constitution and how it impacts our lives today.
Meet Your Teacher
Welcome to Social Studies
My name is Ms. Bober and I teach junior high Social Studies. I am looking forward to helping students explore history through projects, small group work, and research activities. We will be analyzing primary and secondary sources, studying images, and working on literacy skills. I hope to make history meaningful to students, instill a passion for learning and increase critical thinking skills.
This will be my fifth year in education and my third year teaching Social Studies at St. Mary. I graduated from DePaul University with my Bachelors degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Sciences where I also received my teaching license with my middle school endorsement in Social Studies and high school Social Sciences and History.
The best way to contact me is by email at email@example.com.
Currently we are working on…
8th grade Social Studies:
-What were the causes of WWII? What were the reasons for and against appeasement?
-Analyze primary sources, including photographs, and use evidence to support a claim based on those sources
-Disney propaganda analysis
-Key terms and people: totalitarianism, fascism, communism, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, appeasement, Sudetenland, Munich Agreement, internment, War Production Board
7th grade Social Studies:
-What are the responsibilities of the three branches of Illinois’ state government?
-Words to know: General Assembly, convention
6th grade Social Studies:
-How did Rome’s geography affect its development? Describe the legend of how Rome was founded? Describe the government of the Roman Republic. How did the Roman Republic become an empire?
-Use evidence to support a thesis.
-Words to know: Aeneas, Romulus, Remus, republic, tripartite, Julius Caesar, Augustus
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