Mr. Valine's 7th Grade Social Studies

Welcome to Mr. Valine’s 7th grade social studies!

In this class we will study world history from approximately 300 C.E. (A.D.) to 1600 across many locations on Earth. Some of these include Rome, Byzantium, Western Europe, the Middle-East, West Africa, China, Japan, and the Americas. The primary textbook is Medieval and Early Modern Times. We will also use the History Alive! textbook for seventh grade in class along with many supplemental resources.

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Students will be expected to come to class everyday prepared to learn. They must bring the following items to class everyday:


  1. Binder with tabbed section for social studies

  2. Composition notebook for bell ringer warm up activities

  3. School planner

  4. Pencils & binder paper


A copy of the textbook Medieval and Early Modern Times  will be sent home during the first few weeks of school and remain as an at-home copy until the end of the year. Copies will be provided for use in class.

Wish List

1. Colored copier paper (any color is fine)

2. Tissue boxes (for my sneezing students)

3. Flair pens





Classroom News and Information

Updated Wed, Dec 6th

We will be checking off that the Five Pillars foldables are completed during class.

Updated Tue, Nov 28th

Main ideas: Five Pillars of Islam, Geography of Middle East, Early dynasties of the Islamic world.

Updated Wed, Nov 15th
Updated Wed, Nov 15th
Updated Wed, Nov 15th
Updated Mon, Oct 23rd

To be collected at the start of class...

Table of Contents page in front with the following pages from your binder:

  1.  Why Feudalism? Cornell Notes 
  2. Feudalism Diagram Instruction
  3. "The Dark Ages" Video Notes
  4. "Vikings" Video Questions
  5. Castle Diagram
  6. Knights Cornell Notes
  7. Magna Carta Debrief
  8. Study Guide
  9. Plague Notes 
Updated Sun, Oct 22nd

On a sheet of binder paper, answer the following questions:

  1. Why did the nobles present King John with the Great Charter?

  2. How did John’s signing or seal on the charter affect his power as king?

Now read page 52-53 of History Alive to answer this question.

3. How did the acceptance of the Magna Carta contribute to the decline of feudalism?


Keep this page in your notes to prepare for the test.

Updated Thu, Oct 19th
Updated Mon, Oct 23rd

Block schedule for conferences:

Periods 1, 2, 3 Monday 

Periods 5, 6 Tuesday