Mr. Valenzuela

Humanities 7 – Unit 1 Boston Neighborhoods Project Research


Today in class, students were assigned groups to begin researching their assigned neighborhoods for the Unit 1 Boston Neighborhoods Project. Students can use the links below to begin their research.

microsoft_word_logo Boston Neighborhoods Project (Instructions)

microsoft_word_logo Boston Background Articles

microsoft_word_logo Boston Neighborhood Map Rubric

adobe-pdf-logo Sample Completed Map Project (Mission Hill)

Neighborhood Research


 Downtown (which for this project includes the following: North End, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, and West End)


 Dorchester and Mattapan

 East Boston

 Jamaica Plain and Roslindale

 Roxbury and South End

 South Boston

 West Roxbury and Hyde Park

General Resources and Links

Use the links below to start creating your maps or to find the places for your thematic map (transportation, education, entertainment, sightseeing, food).

General Map Information For Boston

link Google Maps

link Boston Redevelopment Authority

link Bostonography

link Boston Neighborhood Maps

Research On Transportation In Boston

link MBTA

Research On Sightseeing, Entertainment and Food In Boston

link Yelp

link TripAdvisor

link WikiTravel

link FourSquare

link Map of Historical Landmarks in Boston

Research On Boston's Education

adobe-pdf-logo Boston Public Schools Map

link Map of Colleges/Universities in Boston


Humanities 7 – Homework – Oct 8


Today in class, students continued the research of the assigned neighborhoods in groups as part of the Unit 1 Boston Neighborhoods Project.

Homework - p. 28 - Using page 28 of your notebook, record at least five (5) interesting facts about your assigned neighborhood using the research links from the class website.


Humanities 7 – Unit 1 Boston Neighborhoods Project


Unit 1 Boston Neighborhoods Project 2019

The goals of the Unit 1 Boston Neighborhoods Project are: 1) to gain proficiency in Boston’s local features; 2) to practice creating and analyzing thematic maps; and 3) to celebrate the many neighborhoods BLA students come from by learning about each!

If you need any of the class handouts (including the instructions and the background articles) you can download them:

microsoft_word_logo Boston Neighborhoods Project (Instructions)

microsoft_word_logo Boston Background Articles

microsoft_word_logo Boston Neighborhood Map Rubric

adobe-pdf-logo Sample Completed Map Project (Mission Hill)

 Folder of Neighborhood Brochures

link Boston Neighborhood Maps and Information (Source: Boston Planning and Development Agency)

link Historical Background on Boston Neighborhoods (Source: City of Boston)


Humanities 7 – Homework – Oct 7

Mission Hill Model Map

Today in class, students prepared for their Unit 1 Projects by reflecting on neighborhoods in Boston and explaining the directions for the upcoming Unit 1 Boston Neighborhoods Project.

microsoft_word_logo Boston Neighborhoods Project (Instructions)

Homework - Start working on the Boston Neighborhoods Project by researching about your neighborhood using some of the links on the class website.



Humanities 7 – Homework – Oct 2


Today in class, while Mr. Valenzuela was out sick, students prepared for their Unit 1 Project by previewing and reflecting on their knowledge of neighborhoods in Boston.

microsoft_word_logo Boston Neighborhoods Intro

microsoft_word_logo Boston History Articles

Homework - p. 27 - Complete the Boston History Articles by reading and annotating the articles with at least FIVE (5) comments and/or questions EACH!


Humanities 7 – Sub Work – Sept 27 – Oct 1

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Sub Work Humanities (Sept. 27 - Oct. 1)

Mr. Valenzuela will not be in school for the next three days, but in his absence students will work on several assignments with the substitute to begin preparing for the Unit 1 Quiz by completing the Unit 1 Study Guide, and previewing our next topic (Boston) by investigating several Latinx ethnicity groups in Boston and comparing and contrasting these groups using various data.


microsoft_word_logo Sub Work Packet for Humanities

adobe-pdf-logo Profiles of Latinos in Boston (Source: BPDA)


Friday 9/27 - Classwork: Complete the Unit 1 Study Guide from your Sub Work Packet

Monday 9/30 - Classwork: Complete the Latinos in Boston Day 1 Notes from your Sub Work Packet

Tuesday 10/1 - Classwork: Complete the Latinos in Boston Day 2 Notes from your Sub Work Packet

Homework - Each night you will have homework to complete while Mr. Valenzuela is absent. See below for which assignments to complete on which night.

p. 20 (9/27) From the study guide packet, use page 20 to complete a letter to Mr. Valenzuela. Your letter should be 15 SENTENCES LONG, and should explain how class went today without Mr. V, how your year is going so far, and what has or hasn't been going well for you. If you need more space, finish on a separate sheet of paper and attach.

p. 22 (9/30)Create a "fake test" of 15 questions AND answers from information from Unit 1 so far (complete in Sub Work Packet).

p. 24 (10/1)  - Complete the Latinos in Boston reflection handout from your Sub Work Packet in at least 15 sentences.

Reminder - You have a quiz on what we have learned so far in Unit 1 on Thursday Oct 3rd!


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 26


Today in class, students assessed their organization in their Interactive Student Notebook in Humanities so far this term by taking a Notebook Quiz.

Homework - There is no new HW tonight. Enjoy!


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 25

"Ecker VI projection SW" by Strebe - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -

Today in class, students examined the use of scale and projection in map making by observing and analyzing various types of map projections.

microsoft_word_logo Projection Maps Gallery Walk Chart

microsoft_word_logo Gallery Walk of Map Projections

Homework - p. 18 - On a separate sheet of paper, explain which map is the most accurate from what you saw in class today and WHY – make sure to accurately use the vocabulary from this unit so far (scale, projection, distortion) – your reflection should be at least 10 sentences.


Humanities 7 – The World Through Maps: A History of Cartography


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 24


Today in class, students described the purposes of maps and its different uses by completing a reading and discussing "The Language of Maps" in groups.

microsoft_word_logo The Language of Maps Handout

adobe-pdf-logo The World Through Maps: A History of Cartography

microsoft_word_logo Orientation and Grid Handout

Homework - p. 16 - Complete the Orientation and Grid Handout by completing the reading of The World Through Maps pages 14-15 and 20-23, and then answering the questions on your handout in complete sentences.


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 23


Today in class, students continued with their learning in "Unit 1 Introduction to Mapping and Boston," by describing the ways in which geographers see the world. Students completed a reading from the textbook Geography Alive! in pairs with discussion questions.

adobe-pdf-logo Seeing the World as a Geographer Reading

microsoft_word_logo Seeing the World Like a Geographer Questions

Homework - p. 14 - In your notebook on page 14, write a letter to a friend (imagine they were absent from school today) and summarize what you learned in class today using details from your class work. Make sure your letter is at least 10 sentences!

Reminder -  You have a NOTEBOOK QUIZ on Thursday 9/26 on pages 1-12 of your Interactive Student Notebook. Make sure all of your pages and Table of Contents are up-to-date!


Humanities 7 – Boston Neighborhoods Survey


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 20


Today in class, students assessed their knowledge of classroom procedures, grading policy and notebook guidelines, as well as the BLA school-wide policies, and expectations in Humanities 7 by taking a closed-notebook quiz. After the quiz, students reviewed their learning of the Unit 1 Vocabulary and the Map Scavenger Hunt that was completed in class yesterday.

Homework - Complete the survey on the class website.


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 19


Today in class, students previewed their learning in Unit 1 by reviewing the key vocabulary for the Unit and completing a Map Scavenger Hunt by using the textbooks with a partner.

microsoft_word_logo Unit 1 Vocabulary Chart

microsoft_word_logo Map Scavenger Hunt

adobe-pdf-logo Tools of Geography Reading

Homework - This HW is worth TWO stamps! Make sure to complete both for credit:

p. 11 - Complete the Unit 1 Vocabulary Chart by illustrating your understanding of the key words and definitions for Unit 1.

p. 12 - Complete the Map Scavenger Hunt using the Tools of Geography Reading on the class website.


Humanities 7 – Homework – Sept 18


Today in class, students had a chance to present and observe their Life Context Maps by completing a gallery walk.

microsoft_word_logo Cesar Chavez Community Reflection

Homework - p. 10 - Complete the reflection handout responding to the following prompt with at least 10 sentences:

"We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own."
(Cesar Chavez)