Emily Gasper

Social Studies  ·  7th Grade Teacher



Emily Gasper

Social Studies  ·  7th Grade Teacher

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Welcome to 7th Grade Social Studies! The content of the seventh grade social studies curriculum rests on the belief that world history is best understood as a unified chronology in which humankind as a whole has a story to be investigated. The seventh grade curriculum will begin chronologically where the sixth grade curriculum ends, covering the story of humankind from approximately 300 CE – 1450 CE.  First semester focuses on the landmass of “Afroeurasia” and how religion, trade, empires and conflicts impacted the continents of Africa, Europe and Asia.  Emphasis is placed on connections between societies.  Second semester will bring the Americas into the picture, ending with a study of the Columbian Exchange within a global context.

Standard 1: Introduction to Big History & Historical Thinking

Essential Question

How can we make connections across time and place?

****Thread 1.1 – What is Big History?

****Thread 1.2 – How do we know what we know?

****Thread 1.3 – Why do we look at things from far away and close up?

Standard 2Civic Action and Research Project

Essential Question

How do I become a global citizen?

Standard 3Rise and Fall of Classical Societies (Greece, Persia, Rome, Han)

Essential Question

How did the rise and fall of classical empires impact Afroeurasia?

****Thread 3.1 - What characteristics define an empire?

****Thread 3.2 - Why is Greece considered a classical empire?

****Thread 3.3 - How did the rise of Persia contribute to the decline of Greece?

****Thread 3.4 – How did Rome go from a republic to an empire?

****Thread 3.5 - How did the Han compare to other classical civilizations?

Standard 4: Afroeurasia and the Rise of Islam (600 - 750 CE)

Essential Question

How did the development and expansion of Islam impact Afroeurasia?

****Thread 4.1 – What is the role of religion in culture?

****Thread 4.2 – What is Islam and why did it form?

****Thread 4.3 - How did Islam become a world religion?

****Thread 4.4 - What was the role of women in Islam?

Standard 5: Trading Networks - the impact of goods, customs, and ideas on Afroeurasia (1000 - 1250 CE)

Essential Question

How did trade impact Afroeurasia?

****Thread 5.1 – What is trade?

****Thread 5.2 – How did Europe contribute to the global trade network?

****Thread 5.3 - How did Asia contribute to the global trade network?

****Thread 5.4 – How did Africa contribute to the global trade network?

Standard 6: The Mongol Empire (1200 - 1400 CE)

Essential Question

Were the Mongols villains or cultural brokers?

****Thread 6.1 – Who were the Mongols?

****Thread 6.2 – How did the Mongols create an empire?

****Thread 6.3- What was the significance of Chinggis Khan and Kublai Khan?

****Thread 6.4 - What did other people think of the Mongols?

****Thread 6.5 - What legacy did the Mongols leave?


Standard 7: Calamities and Recoveries (1100 - 1500 CE)

Essential Question

How did calamities and recoveries bring Afroeurasia into the Modern Age?

****Thread 7.1 – How did the Crusades impact Afroeurasia?

****Thread 7.2 – How did the Black Death affect Afroeurasia?

****Thread 7.3 – How did the rise and fall of empires affect Afroeurasia?

Standard 8: Spheres of Interaction in the Americas (300 - 1500 CE)

Essential Question

What were the characteristics of civilizations in the Americas?

****Thread 8.1 – How did people in the Americas interact with one another?

****Thread 8.2 – Who were the Maya?

****Thread 8.3 - Who were the Aztecs?

****Thread 8.4 - Who were the Inca?


Standard 9: Causes and Consequences of Interaction and Isolation (1400 - 1550 CE)

Essential Question

What were the causes and consequences of global exploration?

****Thread 9.1 – What role did East Asia play in global trade?

****Thread 9.2 – Why did Europeans want to explore?

****Thread 9.3 – What were the positive and negative consequences of the Columbian Exchange?

****Thread 9.4 – What barriers came between conquistadors and native peoples?

Professional Philosophy Statement:

Social Studies education seeks to engage all students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be informed and active citizens. My role, as a 7th grade social studies educator, focuses on teaching students about the human story across time in order to help them understand how they fit into and contribute to our diverse and interdependent world. More importantly, I strive to teach students to think flexibly and critically in order to examine, evaluate, and analyze the causes and consequences of past events.

My best experiences throughout my academic career have always been with instructors who care about me as a person. Thus, my goal as an educator is to establish a safe, inviting and welcoming classroom where I inspire students through individual relationships. I believe every single student has a passion to learn and my job involves finding that passion and connect it to the curriculum.

Professional Experience

B.A. History and Secondary Education, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA

M.Ed. Curriulum and Instruction, Nebraska Wesleyan, Lincoln, NE

Culler Middle School, Lincoln, NE                             2017 –  Present