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Seventh grade social studies focuses on the social, cultural, and technological changes that occurred in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America in the years A.D. 500-1789.  After reviewing the ancient world and the ways in which archeologists and historians uncover the past, students study the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout the world during medieval and 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, the divine right of kings, experimentalism in science, and the dogma of belief.  Finally, students assess the political forces encouraged by the Enlightenment, particularly the rise of democratic ideas, and about the continuing influence of these ideas in the world today.

Course Goals:
This class is designed to captivate, entertain, and stimulate, while developing an understanding of conceptual and factual historical knowledge.  In addition, we will focus on developing reading comprehension skills with expository text, formal reasoning skills, research skills, working in groups, oral presentations, technology-based projects, current events, and simulations. We will also practice different forms of note taking such as concept mapping (graphic organizers), highlighting, Cornell notes, and outlining.

To prepare for eighth grade social studies, we will build a strong foundation in research and writing and will work to include more complex, high order thinking skills.

Course Text:
History Alive!:  The Medieval World and Beyond.  Teachers’ Curriculum Institute, Palo Alto, CA:  2011.

Online Textbook:
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Course Syllabus:
7th grade Social Studies Syllabus