Grades 7 & 8 Social Studies

 Welcome to Salvati’s Social Studies class

Welcome to Mrs. 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!

December 2019/January 2020

7th Grade Social Studies

This month, 7th graders are getting a more in depth look at life in Colonial America.  Students are experiencing how Colonists lived, worked and played during this time. Students are learning how and why the colonies were created in the New World! We are analyzing the: who, what, where, when, why, and how colonists lived their lives. Colonial lifestyles will be explored through various accounts. As we explore the Enlightenment and the Great Awakening, students will begin to see how tensions emerged between Mother England and her colonies. Students will become aware of economic differences in the colonies and how these differences will play a major role in the War for Independence. As we progress, students will discover the many reasons, American colonists were pushed to the brink of war with their Mother Nation. Students will experience the French and Indian War, unfair taxes and Colonial resistance to the king. All of these events lead up to the “Shot heard ‘round the World” and the start of the American Revolution.

8th Grade Social Studies

As Reconstructions wraps for 8th graders, students will shift westward and determine how industrialization will impact the newly settled west. Students will describe changes to the west from the gold and silver boom, and the building of the transcontinental railroad, to the rise of the cattle industry. Students will analyze the impact of all of these things on the west and how Native Americans are affected as well. Following westward expansion, we will explore the 2nd Industrial Revolution in America. We will then explore technology of the era and how this technology will impact our lives today. In addition to the Industrial revolution, students will experience immigration in the U.S. and its impact on the American melting pot. We will also address the effects of immigration on society, and urbanization. Students will be learning about big business practices during this era and the move towards labor unions. Students will examine labor unions of the past and compare them to labor unions today.


*******************************************************************************************************************************************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