Mr. Nardella's 7th Grade Social Studies course is a whirlwind tour of the world!
We begin the year in the Roman Republic, transition to the Roman Empire and its' remnants as the Byzantine Empire. We travel on to the Arabian Peninsula and the founding of the Islamic faith. We study the rich culture and scientific advancements of the Arab people, then follow Islam into sub-Saharan Africa. We venture on to China and witness its' stunning achievements, geography, and culture. Off to Japan to understand the profound influence of China on Japanese culture, and its unique island nation culture, including the samurai and shogun.
Returning to Europe, we look at feudal society, the power of the Church, the isolated life on a manor, the brief existence of knights and castles, and then find the arts in full bloom during the European Renaissance. We will become art scholars and come to appreciate some of the Great Works, like Michelangelo's David, and da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Europe's new perspectives bleed into government, science, and religion. With the rise of new thinking, explorers from Europe stretch European culture to all parts of the globe with many consequences. We explore the MesoAmerican cultures of the Inca, Aztec, and Maya and the arrival of Europeans to the New World. We finish the year back in Europe as it grapples with new ideologies that will lead to the formation of a new country in the British colonies, in the New World.