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History-Social Science in Seventh Grade

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What You Need to Know:

Seventh-grade history-social science picks up chronologically and topically where sixth-grade history left off: the course covers medieval and early modern world history.  Students learn about the rise and fall of empires, the diffusion of religions and languages, and significant movements of people, ideas, and products. Although societies were quite distinct from one another, exchanges of people, products, and ideas increased in every subsequent century. For this reason, the study of this period in world history may become a bewildering catalog of names, places, and events that impacted individual societies—while the larger patterns that affected the world may get lost. To avoid this, the focus is on questions that address the larger world geographical, historical, economic, and civic patterns. To answer these questions, students study content-rich examples and case studies, rather than superficially surveying all places, names, and events. Some of the questions that students consider in seventh grade are:

  • How did the distant regions of the world become more interconnected through medieval and early modern times?
  • What were the multiple ways people of different cultures interacted at sites of encounter? What were the effects of their interactions?
  • How did the environment and technological innovations affect the expansion of agriculture, cities, and human population? What impact did human expansion have on the environment?

Between April and June:

Between April and June, students might:

Lessons and Source Sets:

Expansion and Fall of the Roman Empire (7th grade primary source set)
Christianity & Exchange - Guadalupe (7th grade primary source set)
Sites of Encounter in the Medieval World (7th grade multi-lesson unit)

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