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7th Grade History

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 7th Grade History
​ The World in Temporal Terms: Historical Habits of Mind​​

H1.2 Historical Inquiry and Analysis: Use historical inquiry and analysis to study the past.

7– H1.2.1 Explain how historians use a variety of sources to explore the past (e.g., artifacts, primary and secondary sources including narratives, technology, historical maps, visual/mathematical quantitative data, radiocarbon dating, DNA analysis).

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H1.4 Historical Understanding: Use historical concepts, patterns, and themes to study the past.

7 – H1.4.2 Describe and use themes of history to study patterns of change and continuity.

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​​​WHG ERA 1: The Beginnings of Human Society (Beginnings to 4000 B.C.E.)

W1.1 Peopling of the Earth: Describe the spread of people in the Eastern Hemisphere in Era 1.

7 – W1.1.1 Explain how and when human communities populated major regions of the Eastern Hemisphere (Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia) and adapted to a variety of environments. 

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W1.2 Agricultural Revolution:Describe the Agricultural Revolution and explain why it is a turning point in history.

7 – W1.2.1 Explain the importance of the natural environment in the development of agricultural settlements in different locations (e.g., available water for irrigation, adequate precipitation, and suitable growth season). 

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7 – W1.2.2 Explain the impact of the Agricultural Revolution (stable food supply, surplus, population growth, trade, division of labor, development of settlements).

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7 – W1.2.3 Compare and contrast the environmental, economic, and social institutions of two early civilizations from different world regions (e.g., Yangtze, Indus River Valley, Tigris/Euphrates, and Nile). 

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​​​WHG ERA 2: Early Civilizations and Cultures and Emergence of Pastoral Peoples (4000 to 1000 B.C.E.)

W2.1 Early Civilizations and Early Pastoral Societies: Describe the characteristics of early Western Hemisphere civilizations and pastoral societies.

7 – W2.1.1 Describe the importance of the development of human language, oral and written, and its relationship to the development of culture

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7 – W2.1.2 Use historical and modern maps and other sources to locate, describe and analyze major river systems and discuss the ways these physical settings supported permanent settlements, and development of early civilizations (Tigris and Euphrates, Yangtze, Nile, Indus Rivers).

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7 – W2.1.3 Examine early civilizations to describe their common features (ways of governing, stable food supply, economic and social structures, use of resources and technology, division of labor and forms of communication).


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7 – W2.1.4 Define the concept of cultural diffusion and how it resulted in the spread of ideas and technology from one region to another (e.g., plants, crops, plow, wheel, bronze metallurgy).

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7 – W2.1.5 Describe pastoralism and explain how the climate and geography of Central Asia were linked to the rise of pastoral societies on the steppes.

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​​​WHG ERA 3: Classical Traditions and Major Empires, (1000 B.B.E. to 300 C.D.)

W3.1 Classical Traditions and Major Empires in the Western Hemisphere: Describe empires and agrarian civilizations in Mesoamerica and South America.

7 – W3.1.1 Analyze the role of environment in the development of early empires, referencing both useful environmental features and those that presented obstacles.

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7 – W3.1.2 Using historic and modern maps, locate three major empires of this era, describe their geographic characteristics including physical features and climates, and propose a generalization about the relationship between geographic characteristics and the development of early empires.

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7 – W3.1.6 Use historic and modern maps to locate and describe trade networks among empires in the classical era.

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7 – W3.1.7 Use a case study to describe how trade integrated cultures and influenced the economy within empires (e.g., Assyrian and Persian trade networks or networks of Egypt and Nubia/Kush; or Phoenician and Greek networks).

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7 – W3.1.9 Describe the significance of legal codes, belief systems, written languages and communications in the development of large regional empires.

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7 – W3.1.10 Create a time line that illustrates the rise and fall of classical empires during the classical period.

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W3.2 Growth and Development of World Religions: Explain how world religions or belief systems of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism and Islam grew and their significance. (Islam is included here even though it came after 300 C.E./A.D.)

7 – W3.2.1 Identify and describe the beliefs of the five major world religions.

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7 – W3.2.2 Locate the geographical center of major religions and map the spread through the 3rd century C.E./A.D.

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7 - W3.2.3 Identify and describe the ways that religions unified people’s perceptions of the world and contributed to cultural integration of large regions of Afro-Eurasia. (National Geography Standard 6, p. 73)

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