Grades 7 & 8 Social Studies

 Welcome to Salvati’s Social Studies class

We are in for a big year of Social Studies filled with many topics to share! I cannot wait to experience another wonderful and action packed year at Catholic Academy!


May/June 2019

Exam Scehdule:  7th grade - Thursday, June 13th 8:15-11:15am      8th grade - Wednesday, June 12th 8:15 - 11:15am

***All exams will be taken in the gym.  Make sure that you arrive on time during exam week.  You will not receive extra time if you are late! ***

7th Grade Social Studies

7th graders are investigating the roots of the Civil War. We are assessing the underlying causes of the war from sectional differences in the nation to new states and territories being admitted to the controversial issue of slavery. We will be exploring westward expansion and how these new territories have sparked tensions. Students have learned about the Underground Railroad and its significance. We will take a virtual tour of the railroad and its deep Buffalo connection.
Tensions will continue to rise in America with California’s admittance to the Union, debate Dred Scott’s fate in Missouri, bleeding Kansas and the events leading up to the start of the Civil War in America. The year will conclude with Lincoln’s election in 1860 and the secession of Southern states.

8th Grade Social Studies

In 8th grade Social Studies, we continue to step back in time. We will begin studying the World War II Era. Students are learning about the war through various aspects, including documentaries, movies, firsthand accounts, maps, photos, and books. Students have been taken back to understand the selfless generation and explore American Patriotism. Our unit will conclude with a visual tour of the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C.
Following World War II, students began investigating the beginnings of the Cold War Era. Beginning with the American Dream following World War II, students will understand the difference between a “Gentleman’s War” and a time of tension between the United States and Soviet Union. During this era, students will follow American involvement in several Cold War conflicts: Korean War, Bay of Pigs Invasion, Cuban Missile Crisis, Berlin Wall, Vietnam Conflict, the Arms & Space Races (just to name a few). The year will conclude with a discussion of current events. We will analyze how the past has played a major role in shaping events today.
All 7th & 8th Grade students will end the year with a final exam in June. For both grades, information covered on the Final Exam will cover information learned from January until June.

Mrs. Melissa Salvati


History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
John F. Kennedy

Welcome to Mrs. Salvati’s wonderful world of American History! My 7th and 8th graders will begin a journey exploring our past in order to understand our future. The past needs to be examined in order to make the best possible future for ourselves and the world around us.

In 7th grade Social Studies, students will embark on a journey to understand our beginning. Students will begin the year reviewing geography and writing skills. Geography is an important part of Social Studies. As we progress, students will emerge themselves into the world of the 1500s.  Students will explore Native American cultures throughout North and South America. We will explore how these cultures were able to exist independently before European invaders arrived and shook up the world as they knew it. European exploration and colonization will be introduced to students, and they will question the intentions of the European explorers. Included in 7th grade Social Studies is the creation of the English 13 colonies and how colonial life has shaped American cultures and the need for democratic values in our society. Students will understand the value of government and question freedom not only in our country but other countries of the world.  The importance of freedom, choice, and individual liberties will be addressed throughout the year as well. Students will discover the evolving United States as it began, from 13 British colonies to Nation torn apart by a Civil War. The academic year will come to end as the Nation must heal itself following the Civil War.

8th grade Social Studies resumes where 7th grade has ended. The school year begins with a review of the Civil War, examining the chaos and destruction left within the South. As we discuss Reconstruction, students will emerge themselves in the politics and daily life of rebuilding the Nation. Students will understand the continual struggle that all Americans dealt with during this difficult time. 8th grade Social Studies focuses on more current events in American history. Students will discover how our Nation expanded to include 50 states.  They will analyze the shift from an Isolationist Nation to an Imperialist nation to the Super Power of a Nation that exists today.  Students will relive life during the good eras, the struggling eras and war time eras. Students will gain a better understanding of how and why we are the Nation that we have become. 

In both 7th and 8th grade Social Studies, students will see a link with ELA. Ms. Kronowitz and I work closely together to infuse writing, novels, and history into one.  As the year progresses, so will student knowledge and understanding of key historical events. My goal is to bring history alive and create a passion for history in my students. I hope that I can share my passion and love for history with all of them and truly make learning an enjoyable experience!

Mrs. Melissa Salvati




Mrs. Melissa Salvati - Grades 7 & 8 Social Studies