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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mr. Laack
7th Grade Social Studies - Martino Jr. High

Click on "Mr. Laack's Site Hub" for current calendar.

Please use this page as a resource for:

*Study Guides

*Bellringer Questions

*Updated information on the current unit

*Extra handouts can be found in my classroom

*Absent work can be found in your class's folder in my classroom

*Remember to keep up to date with information in Google Classroom as well

Civil War Unit begins 5/2 (blue) and 5/3 (gold).

Core Vocabulary Terms

Core Vocabulary Terms.pdf

Flashcards for the Final Test


These terms will be referred to throughout the year.  Terms that are covered will be tested halfway through the school year, but all the terms will be tested at the end of the year.

Technology Helpful Sheet / Google Classroom

Google Classroom/School E-mail

Technology Helpful Sheet  ---click here for the link

Below is a video for teachers and students to preview how to use Google classroom.

Current Bellringers...

***Each day will have between 1 and 3 words listed on the board.  Every other day will include writing a summary over 2 days worth of information.

Day 1--Civil War

Day 2--North, South

Day 3--Fort Sumter

Day 4--Antietam; Emancipation Proclamation

Day 5--Robert E. Lee, George B. McClellan

Day 6--Home front

Day 7--Gettysburg; Vicksburg

Day 8--John Wilkes Booth; Reconstruction

US Civil War

Please keep track of your note packet and remember to make up any missed notes/video notes/assignments if you are absent.  All of these items can be used on test day.

Quiz over Days 1-3 ------5/12 Blue and 5/15 Gold

Civil War Test (open note)-----5/24 Blue and 5/25 Gold


Nature/Geography Quiz--3/24

Meiji Restoration/WWII Quiz--4/24 Blue and 4/25 Gold

Japan test is scheduled for 4/28 Blue and 5/1 Gold. (Study guide handed out on Day 1 of unit.)


Note Packet (click "note packet" for an extra copy)...Study guide for test is attached to back of note packet

China Quiz will be on ____10/4____ for Blue Day and ____10/5____ for Gold Day

Research Project (quiz grade) due on ___10/21_____ for Blue Day and ___10/24_____ for Gold Day

       ***This will be worked on inside and outside of class

China Test will be on ____10/25___ for Blue Day and ___10/26_____ for Gold Day

***Please remember to refer to Google Classroom for notes, assignments, and other helpful information.

Sudan/Year of No Rain

The main focus of this unit will be based on the novel Year of No Rain.  Please make sure to have the novel with you each day and to keep up with the readings/assignments.

Tentative Dates:

Chapters 1-9 Novel Quiz: 11/28 Blue and 11/29 Gold

Sudan and Diseases Quiz: 12/6 Blue and 12/7 Gold

Chapters 10-end of Novel Quiz: 12/12 Blue and 12/13 Gold

Core Vocabulary Test (1st half of the year terms): 12/14 Blue and 12/15 Gold

Sudan/Novel Test: 12/16 Blue and 12/19 Gold

Introduction to Culture / Geography

Please see Google Classroom for notes, assignments, and other updates.

Unit 1 quiz date = Blue (9/6); Gold (9/7) ---Study guide here --this will also be handed out in class.

      *****Answers found in Google Classroom

Unit 1 test date = Blue (9/14); Gold (9/15)---STUDY GUIDE ANSWERS IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Unit 1 Note Packet

      ----Study guide and recommended flash cards are in the note packet


Key dates for the India unit:

1/8 Blue and 1/9 Gold-----Begin Unit

1/24 Blue and 1/25 Gold----India quiz (use Taj Mahal study guide page to help prepare)

2/1 Blue and 2/2 Gold-----Use crossword puzzle study guide to help prepare

Middle East

Here are some key dates for the Middle East Unit:

2/3 Blue and 2/4 Gold----Middle East Unit begins

2/17 Blue and 2/21 Gold----Quiz over Middle East (refer to highlighted pages in notes for what to study)

3/6 Blue and 3/7 Gold----Open note test 

                   *****Make sure that you have all of your notes stapled together before test day so that you can use them on the test.  Check the sheets hanging on the board in class for what can/should be used.