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!

October 2019

7th Grade
Our review of world history continues into the month of October. Students are continuing to study the early Americans, African trade centers and the Middles Ages. Preparation for the world of exploration will begin in the next few weeks. Students will discover a New World with Christopher Columbus and set sail on excursions to this New World! Our student explorers search with our famous explorers, hoping to find an all-water route to Asia from Europe; instead they will discover a vast of wealth and riches.

8th Grade
We are continuing our journey through the Civil War, discussing important events, battles and people. Once the war is over, students will immerse themselves in the aftermath of the war: Reconstruction. Students will examine Reconstruction, plans developed and implemented and figure out what plans worked and did not work and why. They will discover the stress of Reconstruction and how it could tear the Nation apart once again. Students will question why Reconstruction was referred to by historians as the 2nd Civil War! Students will immerse themselves in Reconstruction and walk in the footsteps of Freedmen following the war. Students will determine just how free Freedmen truly were in the South following the war. We will also be addressing social structure in the South during this era and laying the groundwork for segregation in the South through the Plessy vs. Ferguson Supreme Court case.

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