Grade 7 Social Studies

Grade 7 Social Studies

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Course Overview

The Acellus Grade 7 Social Studies course focuses on World History and Geography across Medieval and Early Modern Times, beginning with the social, cultural, and technological changes that occ­urred in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The course goes on to cover the history and geography of great civilizations that were developing throughout the world. Finally, it delves into the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, and the natural rights of man, and focuses on the political impact of the Enlightenment and its influence on the world today. This course addresses various national and state standards including those of California and is taught by Acellus Instructors including Rhonda Ireland.

Sample Lesson - The Renaissance - Humanism

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Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 – The Roman Empire This unit introduces key components of the Roman Empire. Students will examine the expansion and collapse of Rome and will gain an understanding of Augustus Caesar (Rome's First Emperor), and the benefits of Roman Citizenship. Additionally, this unit covers Pax Romana, roads, and communication, and Greek influences will also be discussed.  Also included are Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Students will learn about going to school in ancient Rome, Christians in Rome, and the Achievements of Ancient Rome. Unit 2 – The Fall of Rome and The Byzantine Empire While experiencing this unit, students will delve into the division of empires, and will examine the collapse of Rome. Students will view the shift to Constantinople, when the Byzantine Empire was the Eastern Roman Empire. Students will learn about the impact of Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora on the Byzantine Empire. Lastly this unit introduces the schism in the Christian Church, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. Unit 3 – Arabian Life and Its Impact In this unit, students will explore how the geography of the Arabian Peninsula impacted the people’s way of life. Muhammad and the Angel Gabriel will be discussed. Students will learn about the spreading of Islam in Arabia. Then they will compare and contrast Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Five Pillars of Islam will be introduced, followed by the expansion of Muslim rule, and the rise and fall of the Umayyad and Umayyad’s secure control. Instruction will also be given on the Islamic Golden Age of the Abbasid, as well as math, science and medical advances. Students will learn about the Indian ocean trade route and its impact on those involved, especially those on the Swahili coast of Africa. Lastly, in this unit students will learn about Indian Ocean trade routes, how trade routes were connected, Muslim trade, and the impact of Muslim trade on innovation. Unit 4 – Life in the Chinese Middle Ages This unit begins by focusing on the transitions between dynasties, with a specific focus on each of the dynasties in the Chinese Middle Ages. Then students will learn about the reunification of the Chinese Sui to Tang Dynasties and how Tang took control. Agriculture in the Tang and Song Dynasties will be discussed, and students will then be introduced to the commerce, trade, technology, and religion in the Tang and Song Dynasties. Additionally, this unit covers Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, the three jewels, and Neo-Confucianism, and their impact on China. This unit also covers how the Mongolians came to power, Genghis Khan, mongol tactics, Kublai Khan, and the establishment of the Yuan Dynasty in China. Lastly students will learn of Kublai Khan’s attempts at conquest, Mongolia, the Song Dynasty, Japan, and Vietnam. Unit 5 – Africa This unit begins with an introduction to the different kinds of vegetation in Africa, as well as religious practices and the important role of oral traditions. Family, labor, commerce, and slavery, as well as the supply and demand of the slave industry will be discussed. The Trans-Saharan Journey and the gold and salt trade are examined. Additionally, in this unit students will learn about the West African Empires and how trade along the Niger River and North Africa increased their power. Furthermore, students will learn about Mansa Musa, the Mali Empire, and the impact of the Arabic language and culture in West Africa. Unit 6 – Medieval Japan This unit begins with a look at the geography of Japan. Students will examine the importance of the Chinese and Korean influences on Japan, with a focus from early Japan to Fujiwara. Additionally, in this unit, Buddhism in Japan, Japanese art and theater, as well as important Japanese literature such as “The Tale of Genji” are discussed. Lastly, feudal Japan, the decline of feudalism, and Japanese isolation are introduced. Unit 7 – Medieval Europe This unit will begin with a look at the spread of Christianity throughout Europe, the medieval church vs. state, and medieval English legal practices. The importance of the Roman Catholic church, the history of Muslim rule, and the renaissance and revival of classical learning will be examined. Students will be introduced to Florence and the growth of trading cities, the reopening of the Silk Road, and the dissemination of information during the renaissance. Additionally, this unit will focus specifically on advances in renaissance art, literature, and science. Furthermore, students will view major figures of the reformation, Protestants' new practices, and how to identify and locate European Regions. Lastly students will learn about the Counter or Catholic Reformation and the Spanish Golden Age. Unit 8 – The Scientific Revolution and The Enlightenment This unit will begin with a focus on the deep roots and foundations of the scientific revolution, as well as scientific inventors, their inventions, and the scientific method. Additionally students will learn about the voyages of discovery, the Columbian exchange, and the origins of modern capitalism. This unit will close with a look at the roots of the enlightenment and the influence of enlightenment on democracy. Unit 9 – Meso-America and Andes Civilization Upon completion of this unit, students will have learned about the isolation of the New World, Meso-America and multiple Adean civilizations. A focus will be placed on the Mayan culture, their cities, warfare, and advances. Additionally, this unit focuses on the Aztec people, their culture, and the geographical situation surrounding the Aztec people. Lastly, this unit focuses on the Inca, their culture, and geography.  
This course does not have any sections.