Required 7th Grade Classes - US History

photo of each required class

US History


In their 7th grade year, your student will be learning about United States History from 1865-the Present. Picking up where 6th grade ends, we cover topics including US Reconstruction, The Gilded Age, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression, World War II, The Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-1960s. Throughout this year, your student will develop their critical and creative thinking, as well as their writing skills. Comparing actions and events over time, your student will get an introduction into American history. They will participate in group projects, research new topics they are interested in and complete monthly current event assignments. Throughout the year, your student will develop FCPS Portrait of a Graduate skills; take a look below to see what students have done throughout the years!


Throughout the year, your student will have the opportunity to work with others. Students work independently, but are often in groups for primary source work, class activities and even projects. Your student will develop their skills in problem solving and collaborating with peers throughout the year.


Students participate in a PBL all about the 1920s. After researching and finding out more, they present their answers to the guiding question, "How can you as a museum curator create an exhibit representing an aspect of the 1920s?"


Students participate in a group project centered around the Gilded Age. They research and discover more about America during that time, comparing our experiences with developing countries today. Students learn about Child Labor, Unfair Pay and Dangerous Conditions, Poverty and Pollution among other topics. They they create and present an answer to the prompt, "How can we build compassion for problems in developing countries by learning from the Gilded Age?"



During the World War II Unit, students choose to learn more deeply about a specific topic. Following research and further discovery, students create something to show what they learned -- whether a 3-D model, a website, a video, poster or drawing. During project presentations, students show their creations and share what they have learned, applying their topic to the overall World War II unit.