Social Studies 7
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    Below is a list of topics covered during the year-long Social Studies course. The course covers the California State Social Studies Content Standards and Common Core. Additionally, the course addressed Project-Based Learning, Deeper Learning through hands-on exploration and real-world problem solving, Blended and Online Learning, and Competency-Based Learning. 

    Units of Study 

    Students will study the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, and Asia in the years A.D. 500–1789. After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archaeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and early modern times. They examine the growing economic interaction among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. They learn about the resulting growth of Enlightenment philosophy and the new examination of the concepts of reason and authority, the natural rights of human beings and the divine right of kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of belief. Finally, students assess the political forces let loose by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and they learn about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today. ( (Links to an external site.))

    This year there will be 10 Units of Study over the course of this year-long class. The units are listed below.

    Unit 1: Rome and Christendom  
    Unit 2: Islamic Civilization
    Unit 3: India in the Middle Ages
    Unit 4: Imperial China
    Unit 5: The Civilizations fo Korea and Japan
    Unit 6: The Americas
    Unit 7: African Civilizations
    Unit 8: World Religions 1300-1750
    Unit 9: New Ideas, 1400-1750
    Unit 10: Age of Exploration and Trade

    Adapted from History Social Science Framework for California Public Schools  (Links to an external site.)

    This year our textbook will be World History & Geography: Medieval & Early Modern Times.                        



    Common Core State Standards

    Key Ideas and Details:

    Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
    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.
    Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

    Craft and Structure:

    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
    Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
    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).

    Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

    Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
    Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.
    Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

    Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

    By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.