• 7th Grade Knowledge Skills - Social Studies

    In governmental systems and principles, your child will learn how to:

    • Analyze laws, policies and processes to determine how governmental systems affect individuals and groups in society in world history prior to c.1450.
    • Explain the origins, functions, and structure of monarchies, theocracies, city states, empires and dynasties.
    • Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of subjects and political leaders in monarchies, theocracies, and city- states and empires.
    • Explain the origins, functions, and structure of governmental systems within classical civilizations such as monarchies, theocracies, oligarchies, tyrannies, city states, republics, democracies, and dynasties.
    • Analyze direct democracy and representative democracy in order to apply the concepts of majority rule, minority rights and civic duty.
    • Explain how the rule of law developed from a written code of laws as well as separation of powers and checks and balances.
    • Explain the origins, functions, and structure of governmental systems within civilizations.
    • Analyze the conflict and cooperation between religions and the state to determine their impact on people and societies.

    Your child will demonstrate knowledge of the continuity and change in the history of the world by:

    • Creating and use tools to analyze a chronological sequence of related events that happen at the same time. 
    • Explaining connections among historical context and peoples’ perspectives at the time.
    • Developing a research plan, identify appropriate resources for investigating social studies topics and  create a research product which applies an aspect of world history prior to c.1450 to a contemporary issue.
    • Using an inquiry lens, develop compelling questions about world history prior to c. 1450, to determine helpful resources and consider multiple points of views represented in the resources.
    • Analyzing the causes and consequences of a specific problem in world history prior to c. 1450 as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
    • Explaining the causes and results of the Agricultural Revolution in relation to the development of new and more complex societies Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
    • Analyzing the role early civilizations had in shaping concepts of government, law, and social order.
    • Tracing the impact of conflicts, competition, and cooperation within and among classical civilizations.
    • Comparing how the collapse of government and resulting instability led to the development of feudal kingdoms in Europe and Japan.

    What Every Child Should Know

    In demonstrating knowledge of major elements of geographical study and their relationship to changes in society and the environment; your child will:

    • Create and use maps and other graphic representations in order to explain relationships and reveal patterns or trends in world history prior to 1450.
    • Describe the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of world regions prior to c. 1450.
    • Locate major cities of the world and key world nations; the world’s continents, and oceans; and major topographical features of the world.
    • Describe how the physical characteristics of river valleys supported permanent settlement and the rise of early civilizations.
    • Analyze the cultural and human characteristics of early civilizations to determine how they are similar and different.
    • Explain the significance of physical geography to the creation of classical civilizations.


    In demonstrating knowledge of economic concepts, your child will:

    • Examine the opportunity costs and benefits of economic decisions on society as a whole as well as on individuals prior to c. 1450.
    • Explain how the concept of economic surplus led to trade and the emergence of specialization of labor. 
    • Explain how standardization such as currency, weights and measures impacts the stability of a society.
    • Describe trade patterns and how they influenced the movement of resources, goods, and services.
    • Explain how political and economic stability and security affects the wellbeing of individuals and society.
    • Explain how interregional trade intensified the exchange of goods and ideas such as the trans-Saharan trade, the Silk Roads, and the Indian Ocean networks.


    Ask Your Teacher

    • How do the actions of both individuals and groups have an impact on the development and decline of political systems?
    • How did ancient cultures make lasting contributions?
    • To what extent does geography influence history?
    • What happens when cultures/societies collide?
    • What role, if any, should people today play in preserving the past?