• Course Description 

    7th Grade World History explores the time periods from 500 BCE to 1800 CE.  During each unit students will explore historical empires, events, and people that have had an enduring legacy that has shaped our world today.  Students will build on skills in geography and citizenship. Our focus will be to build on reading, writing, research, and critical thinking skills.  

    Every unit of study includes writing assignments, tests, analyzation of primary documents, image analysis, and assessments.  Students are encouraged to think critically and develop questions that they have about various topics and research their questions.  Our students will be prepared to be engaged citizens of the world and their local communities with the skills and connections made in each unit.
    Empires of Asia
    Islamic World
    Early African Civilizations
    Early Middle Ages
    Later Middle Ages
    The Renaissance & Reformation
    Science & Exploration
    Enlightenment & Revolution
    The Early Americas

     

    Course Goals

    Our Humanities Department Goal is to help students understand perspective, empathy, and accountability.  In order for us to be empathetic of our peers we need to understand how our perception based on our life experiences can be helpful and harmful unless we seek out other perspectives.  With the ability to view other perspectives and be empathetic students will transform their intellectual, social, and emotional skills necessary to be responsible citizens in the 21st century.  As responsible citizens, students will be able to track their own growth and take responsibility for their success.  

     

     

    Standards

    Social Studies Standards:
    6.2.8.A.4.a Analyze the role of religion and other means rulers used to unify and centrally govern expanding territories with diverse populations.

    6.2.8.A.4.b Compare and contrast the Japanese and European systems of feudalism and the effectiveness of each in promoting social, economic, and political order.

    6.2.8.B.4.a Explain how geography influenced the development of the political, economic, and cultural centers of each empire and well as the empires’ relationships with other parts of the world.

    6.2.8.B.4.e Analyze the motivations for civilizations to modify the environment, determine the positive and negative consequences of environmental changes made during this time period, and relate these changes to current environmental challenges.

    6.2.8.B.4.f Explain how the geographies and climates of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas influenced their economic development and interaction or isolation with other societies.

    6.2.8.C.4.a Explain the interrelationships among improved agricultural production, population growth, urbanization, and commercialization.

    6.2.8.D.4.a Analyze the role of religion and economics in shaping each empire’s social hierarchy, and evaluate the impact these hierarchical structures had on the lives of various groups of people.

    6.2.8.D.4.e Analyze the immediate and long-term impact on China and Europe of the open exchange between Europe and the Yuan (Mongol) Dynasty.

    6.2.8.D.4.g Evaluate the importanceand enduring legacy of the major achievements of the people living Asia, Africa (Islam), Europe and the Americas over time.

    Language Arts Standards:

    RH 6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

    06-08.RH.07 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

    06-08.WST.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

     

                                 

    Social Studies Standards:
    6.2.8.A.4.a Analyze the role of religion and other means rulers used to unify and centrally govern expanding territories with diverse populations.
    6.2.8.B.4.a Explain how geography influenced the development of the political, economic, and cultural centers of each empire and well as the empires’ relationships with other parts of the world.
    6.2.8.B.4.d Explain why the Arabian Peninsula’s physical features and location made it the epicenter of Afro-Eurasian trade and fostered the spread of Islam into Africa, Europe, and Asia.
    6.2.8.B.4.e Analyze the motivations for civilizations to modify the environment, determine the positive and negative consequences of environmental changes made during this time period, and relate these changes to current environmental challenges.
    6.2.8.B.4.f Explain how the geographies and climates of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas influenced their economic development and interaction or isolation with other societies.
    6.2.8.D.4.a Analyze the role of religion and economics in shaping each empire’s social hierarchy, and evaluate the impact these hierarchical structures had on the lives of various groups of people.
    6.2.8.D.4.f Determine the extent to which the Byzantine Empire influenced the Islamic world and western Europe.
    6.2.8.D.4.g Evaluate the importanceand enduring legacy of the major achievements of the people living Asia, Africa (Islam), Europe and the Americas over time.

    Language Arts Standard
    06-08.RH.01 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
    06-08.RH.06 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
    06-08.RH.07 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
    06-08.WST.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    Social Studies Standards
    6.2.8.A.4.a Analyze the role of religion and other means rulers used to unify and centrally govern expanding territories with diverse populations.
    6.2.8.B.4.a Explain how geography influenced the development of the political, economic, and cultural centers of each empire and well as the empires’ relationships with other parts of the world.
    6.2.8.B.4.b Assess how maritime and overland trade routes (i.e., the African caravan and Silk Road) impacted urbanization, transportation, communication, and the development of international trade centers.
    6.2.8.B.4.c Determine how Africa’s physical geography and natural resources posed challenges and opportunities for trade and development and the spread of religion.
    6.2.8.B.4.d Explain why the Arabian Peninsula’s physical features and location made it the epicenter of Afro-Eurasian trade and fostered the spread of Islam into Africa, Europe, and Asia.
    6.2.8.B.4.e Analyze the motivations for civilizations to modify the environment, determine the positive and negative consequences of environmental changes made during this time period, and relate these changes to current environmental challenges.
    6.2.8.B.4.f Explain how the geographies and climates of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas influenced their economic development and interaction or isolation with other societies.
    6.2.8.C.4.a xplain the interrelationships among improved agricultural production, population growth, urbanization, and commercialization.
    6.2.8.D.4.a Analyze the role of religion and economics in shaping each empire’s social hierarchy, and evaluate the impact these hierarchical structures had on the lives of various groups of people.
    6.2.8.D.4.g Evaluate the importanceand enduring legacy of the major achievements of the people living Asia, Africa (Islam), Europe and the Americas over time.

    Language Arts Standards
    06-08.WST.01 a-e Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
    Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
    Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
    Establish and maintain a formal style.
    Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
    06-08.RH.01 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
    06-08.RH.07 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
    06-08.WST.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

     

    Social Studies Standards
    6.2.8.A.4.a Analyze the role of religion and other means rulers used to unify and centrally govern expanding territories with diverse populations.
    6.2.8.A.4.b Compare and contrast the Japanese and European systems of feudalism and the effectiveness of each in promoting social, economic, and political order.
    6.2.8.B.4.a Explain how geography influenced the development of the political, economic, and cultural centers of each empire and well as the empires’ relationships with other parts of the world.
    6.2.8.B.4.e Analyze the motivations for civilizations to modify the environment, determine the positive and negative consequences of environmental changes made during this time period, and relate these changes to current environmental challenges.
    6.2.8.B.4.f Explain how the geographies and climates of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas influenced their economic development and interaction or isolation with other societies.
    6.2.8.C.4.a Explain the interrelationships among improved agricultural production, population growth, urbanization, and commercialization.
    6.2.8.D.4.a Analyze the role of religion and economics in shaping each empire’s social hierarchy, and evaluate the impact these hierarchical structures had on the lives of various groups of people.
    6.2.8.D.4.d Determine which events led to the rise and eventual decline of European feudalism.
    6.2.8.D.4.f Determine the extent to which the Byzantine Empire influenced the Islamic world and western Europe
    6.2.8.D.4.g Evaluate the importanceand enduring legacy of the major achievements of the people living Asia, Africa (Islam), Europe and the Americas over time.

    Language Arts Standards
    06-08.RH.01 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
    06-08.RH.06 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
    06-08.WST.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

     

    Social Studies Standards
    6.2.8.A.4.a Analyze the role of religion and other means rulers used to unify and centrally govern expanding territories with diverse populations.
    6.2.8.A.4.c Determine the influence of medieval English legal and constitutional practices (i.e., the Magna Carta, parliament, and the development of habeas corpus and an independent judiciary) on modern democratic thought and institutions.
    6.2.8.B.4.a Explain how geography influenced the development of the political, economic, and cultural centers of each empire and well as the empires’ relationships with other parts of the world.
    6.2.8.B.4.b Assess how maritime and overland trade routes (i.e., the African caravan and Silk Road) impacted urbanization, transportation, communication, and the development of international trade centers.
    6.2.8.B.4.e Analyze the motivations for civilizations to modify the environment, determine the positive and negative consequences of environmental changes made during this time period, and relate these changes to current environmental challenges.
    6.2.8.B.4.f Explain how the geographies and climates of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas influenced their economic development and interaction or isolation with other societies.
    6.2.8.C.4.a Explain the interrelationships among improved agricultural production, population growth, urbanization, and commercialization.
    6.2.8.C.4.b Determine the extent to which interaction between the Islamic world and medieval Europe increased trade, enhanced technology innovation, and impacted scientific thought and the arts.
    6.2.8.D.4.a Analyze the role of religion and economics in shaping each empire’s social hierarchy, and evaluate the impact these hierarchical structures had on the lives of various groups of people.
    6.2.8.D.4.c Assess the demographic, economic, and religious impact of the plague on Europe.
    6.2.8.D.4.g Evaluate the importanceand enduring legacy of the major achievements of the people living Asia, Africa (Islam), Europe and the Americas over time.

    Language Arts Standards
    06-08.RH.01 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
    06-08.RH.02 Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
    06-08.WST.01 a-e Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
    Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
    Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
    Establish and maintain a formal style.
    Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
    06-08.WST.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

     

    Social Studies Standards
    6.2.8.A.4.a Analyze the role of religion and other means rulers used to unify and centrally govern expanding territories with diverse populations.
    6.2.8.B.4.e Analyze the motivations for civilizations to modify the environment, determine the positive and negative consequences of environmental changes made during this time period, and relate these changes to current environmental challenges.
    6.2.8.C.4.b Determine the extent to which interaction between the Islamic world and medieval Europe increased trade, enhanced technology innovation, and impacted scientific thought and the arts.
    6.2.8.D.4.a Analyze the role of religion and economics in shaping each empire’s social hierarchy, and evaluate the impact these hierarchical structures had on the lives of various groups of people.
    6.2.8.D.4.g Evaluate the importanceand enduring legacy of the major achievements of the people living Asia, Africa (Islam), Europe and the Americas over time.

    Language Arts Standards
    06-08.RH.06 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
    06-08.RH.07 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
    06-08.WST.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a

     

    Social Studies Standards
    6.2.8.A.4.c Determine the influence of medieval English legal and constitutional practices (i.e., the Magna Carta, parliament, and the development of habeas corpus and an independent judiciary) on modern democratic thought and institutions.
    6.2.8.B.4.a Explain how geography influenced the development of the political, economic, and cultural centers of each empire and well as the empires’ relationships with other parts of the world.
    6.2.8.B.4.b Assess how maritime and overland trade routes (i.e., the African caravan and Silk Road) impacted urbanization, transportation, communication, and the development of international trade centers.
    6.2.8.B.4.e Analyze the motivations for civilizations to modify the environment, determine the positive and negative consequences of environmental changes made during this time period, and relate these changes to current environmental challenges.
    6.2.8.B.4.f Explain how the geographies and climates of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas influenced their economic development and interaction or isolation with other societies.
    6.2.8.C.4.a Explain the interrelationships among improved agricultural production, population growth, urbanization, and commercialization.
    6.2.8.D.4.b Analyze the causes and outcomes of the Crusades from different perspectives, including the perspectives of European political and religious leaders, the crusaders, Jews, Muslims, and traders.
    6.2.8.D.4.g Evaluate the importanceand enduring legacy of the major achievements of the people living Asia, Africa (Islam), Europe and the Americas over time.

    Language Arts Standards
    06-08.RH.01 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
    06-08.RH.06 Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
    Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.06-08.WST.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

     

    Social Studies Standards
    6.2.8.A.4.a Analyze the role of religion and other means rulers used to unify and centrally govern expanding territories with diverse populations.
    6.2.8.A.4.c Determine the influence of medieval English legal and constitutional practices (i.e., the Magna Carta, parliament, and the development of habeas corpus and an independent judiciary) on modern democratic thought and institutions.
    6.2.8.B.4.a Explain how geography influenced the development of the political, economic, and cultural centers of each empire and well as the empires’ relationships with other parts of the world.
    6.2.8.B.4.e Analyze the motivations for civilizations to modify the environment, determine the positive and negative consequences of environmental changes made during this time period, and relate these changes to current environmental challenges.
    6.2.8.D.4.a Analyze the role of religion and economics in shaping each empire’s social hierarchy, and evaluate the impact these hierarchical structures had on the lives of various groups of people.
    6.2.8.D.4.g Evaluate the importanceand enduring legacy of the major achievements of the people living Asia, Africa (Islam), Europe and the Americas over time.

    Language Arts Standards
    06-08.RH.01 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
    06-08.WST.01 a-e Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
    Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.
    Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
    Establish and maintain a formal style.
    Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.06-08.WST.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

     

    Social Studies Standards
    6.2.8.A.4.a Analyze the role of religion and other means rulers used to unify and centrally govern expanding territories with diverse populations.
    6.2.8.B.4.a Explain how geography influenced the development of the political, economic, and cultural centers of each empire and well as the empires’ relationships with other parts of the world.
    6.2.8.B.4.e Analyze the motivations for civilizations to modify the environment, determine the positive and negative consequences of environmental changes made during this time period, and relate these changes to current environmental challenges.
    6.2.8.B.4.f Explain how the geographies and climates of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas influenced their economic development and interaction or isolation with other societies.
    6.2.8.C.4.a Explain the interrelationships among improved agricultural production, population growth, urbanization, and commercialization.
    6.2.8.D.4.a Analyze the role of religion and economics in shaping each empire’s social hierarchy, and evaluate the impact these hierarchical structures had on the lives of various groups of people.
    6.2.8.D.4.g Evaluate the importanceand enduring legacy of the major achievements of the people living Asia, Africa (Islam), Europe and the Americas over time.

    Language Arts Standards
    06-08.RH.07 Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
    06-08.WST.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.