7th Grade Social Studies PD

World History and Geography - Instruction & Resources


Geographic Inquiry And New Temporal Sequencing in Social Studies

Description of PD Series

Because of the recent updates to the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs), the focus on ancient world history at the 7th grade level is a monumental shift with regard to scope and sequence in some districts. Combined with more rigorous demands in temporal and spatial thinking, the curriculum and accompanying professional development network are the best tools to assist 7th grade Social Studies teachers.

Taught by Dr. Phil Gersmehl, former University of Minnesota Geography Professor, current Researcher for the Michigan Geography Alliance, and Co-Director of the New York Center for Geographic Learning at Hunter College, this 6-part series examines the connections between spatial thinking and temporal thinking through analysis of cause and effect of major events in ancient world history.

As the foundation for the 7th grade course, the accompanying curricular units include instructional strategies unique for the integration of temporal and spatial thinking skills through the Arc of Inquiry, hands-on activities, literacy strategies, and best practices in both formative and summative assessment and will be modeled at each session.

What Participants Will Receive

  • Direct instruction from authors of the lessons on world history, geography knowledge, and skills needed to meet GLCEs

  • Hard and electronic copy of lessons and supplemental materials

  • Access to extra teacher-made materials including Power Points and other online resources

  • Up to 22 SCECHs

  • A meal for each evening session

Dates, Times, Fee

Day 1 of 6

Wednesday, Aug. 10th, 8:30am-3:30pm

2413 West Maple Avenue

Flint, MI

Room 102AB
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Registration Information

Register by clicking on the link and completing the form.

The link will take you to a new form that is not part of the Genesee ISD Professional Development Catalog that was piloted during the 2016-17 school year. It is currently going through an update and will be made available later this summer.

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