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Course Syllabus

K. Casto
7th Grade Social Studies Syllabus
4 Units on  The Great Global Convergence (1400-1800) to the Present - Represents the last five Eras of the National Standards  
Timeframe of Unit: School Year   
Reference Information: North Carolina Standard Course of Study NCSCOS
7. H.1  Use historical thinking to analyze various modern societies. 
7. H.2 Understand the implications of global interactions.
7. G.1  Understand how geography, demographic trends, and environmental conditions
           shape modern societies and regions.
7. G.2 Apply the tools of a geographer to understand modern societies and regions.
7. E.1 Understand the economic activities of modern societies and regions. 
7. C&G.1 Understand the development of government in modern societies and regions.
7. C.1 Understand how cultural values influence relationships between individuals, groups and
          political entities in modern societies and regions.
The student will:
Cultivate note-taking skills (text to text)
Ask questions to clarify understanding. (Connections)
Formulate relevant and focused responses. (Connections)
Apply Place and location. (Comprehension)
Build an enhanced vocabulary (Writing and Reading)
Paraphrase/summarize text according to text structure. Graphic Organizers and note taking skills Knowledge Level Vocabulary, Major Event Sheets (Note-Taking skills)
Respond in an appropriate manner to information, questions,  and discussion with relevant and focused comments. (Comprehension)
Course Objective:
Students in seventh grade will continue to expand upon the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired in the sixth grade examination of early civilizations. Seventh graders study the world from the Age of Exploration to contemporary times in order to understand the implications of increased global interactions. The focus will remain on the discipline of geography by using the themes of location, place, movement, human-environmental interaction and region to understand modern societies and regions. This course will guide students through patterns of change and continuity with a focus on conflict and cooperation, economic development, population shifts, political thought and organization, cultural values and beliefs and the impact of environment over time. Through an investigation of the various factors that shaped the development of societies and regions in the modern world and global interactions, students will examine both similarities and differences. A conscious effort should be made to include an integrated study of various societies and regions from every continent (Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americans and Australia). Students will interact in various activities that build on their vocabulary and comprehension of the subject.  This learning approach will be the foundation for building connections with the text to self, text to text, and text to world.  Learners will utilize all strategies to build knowledge for later use.