Note:  This spring
(2006), the Social
Studies portion of the
MCAS tests will be in
practice form (will not
count).  It will be
administered  to 7th
grade students
and will cover the
material being taught
this year and in 6th
This year your child will be learning about Geography and
World Cultures
.  You may notice that the Social Studies
Frameworks for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
actually lists this as a 6th grade course.  DO NOT BE
ALARMED!  This is only a
suggestion from the state.  Each
individual district is permitted to create their own pathways,
as long as all of the Social Studies subjects are completed
by High School graduation.  This pathway was chosen by
the High School & Middle School Social Studies teachers,
and Asst. Superintendent Devine.
*Class participation; Can the student clearly explain
the concepts discussed?
*Tests and Quizzes (multiple choice / Open Response)-
can the student find appropriate information to support
his/her answer to the key question?
Smartboard & Powerpoint Presentation  Internet,
Textbook, Notes, Handouts, Globe, pull-down maps, and
Italy has been described as "two separate
countries".  Explain.
Vatican City, Siroccos, European Union, Imported, Leaning
Tower of Pisa, Roman Colosseum (sic), Primitive, Latin,
City-State, Medici Family, Renaissance, Benito Mussolini,
The Axis, Stable, Political Parties, Agenda, Concentrated,
Coalition Government, Catholic Church, The Pope.
Europe, Italy, Malta, Rome, San Marino, Sardinia, Sicily,
Naples, Milan, Genoa, Turin, Venice, Florence, Pompeii,
Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Ionian
Sea, Appenines, Alps, Po River, Mt. Etna, Po River Valley.
Click HERE for map links.
"Italy, Malta, San Marino, and the Vatican"
Approved by the Massachusetts Department
Of Education, August, 2003.
Hello Parents!
Mr. P's Class
Chapter 11, Sec. 2
Key Question
E.3 Explain how the following five factors
have influenced settlement and the
economies of major European countries
A. absolute and relative locations
B. Climate
C. Major Physical Characteristics           
D. major natural resources
E. population size
E.2 Use a map key to locate countries
and major cities in Europe. (G)