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Grade 7 Social Studies (Civics)

 
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Grade 7 Social Studies (Civics)

Recommended Grade Level: This course is recommended for 7th grade, but it is open to all middle school grade levels.

Learning about civics gives students the skills and knowledge necessary to be active citizens who have a positive impact on their communities. In this course, students discover the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the United States. They learn about the structure of the government and how it works at the local, state, and federal levels. This course examines elections, the lawmaking process, and how citizens can impact public policy. Students also discover ways the United States interacts with countries around the world. Geography and economics support the learning of civics in this course. Engaging in this study prepares students to be informed citizens who are ready to participate in the American democracy!

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You will need the following items to complete this course:
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Syllabus:

Segment 1

Unit 1: Citizenship

  • 01.00 Citizenship Introduction
  • 01.01 How Do We Define the United States?
  • 01.02 What Is Culture?
  • 01.03 What Can Maps Tell Us?
  • 01.04 How Are Citizenship and Ecology Connected?
  • 01.05 What Is a U.S. Citizen?
  • 01.06 What Is Effective Citizenship?
  • 01.07 Who Shows Great Citizenship? (Advanced)
  • 01.08 Citizenship Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 01.09 Citizenship Unit Exam

Unit 2: Foundations

  • 02.00 Foundations Introduction
  • 02.01 Who Influenced the Founding Fathers?
  • 02.02 Which Important Documents Influenced America?
  • 02.03 Why Is the Declaration of Independence Important?
  • 02.04 What Is the Intent of the Constitution?
  • 02.05 How Do the Branches of Government Work?
  • 02.06 How Are the Powers Balanced?
  • 02.07 How Are Rights Protected?
  • 02.08 How Can the Constitution Change?
  • 02.09 What Should Be the Next Amendment? (Advanced)
  • 02.10 Foundations Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.11 Foundations Unit Exam

Unit 3: Sharing Power

  • 03.00 Sharing Power Introduction
  • 03.01 What Is Federalism?
  • 03.02 How Are States Governed?
  • 03.03 What Is Rule of Law?
  • 03.04 How Are Laws Made?
  • 03.05 How Does Lawmaking Shape Society? (Advanced)
  • 03.06 How Do the Courts Work?
  • 03.07 How Does a Jury Trial Ensure Justice?
  • 03.08 How Can We Solve Local Problems?
  • 03.09 Sharing Power Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.10 Sharing Power Unit Exam
  • 03.11 Segment One Review and Exam

Segment 2

Unit 4: Active Citizens

  • 04.00 Active Citizens Introduction
  • 04.01 How Do Citizen Perspectives Differ?
  • 04.02 What Is Judicial Review?
  • 04.03 How Can Art Inspire Action? (Advanced)
  • 04.04 What Are the Rights of the Accused?
  • 04.05 What Are the Rights of Speech?
  • 4.06 How Can We Influence Government?
  • 04.07 How Do Elections Impact Society?
  • 04.08 What Are Demographics?
  • 04.09 Active Citizens Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.10 Active Citizens Unit Exam

Unit 5: Going Global

  • 05.00 Going Global Introduction
  • 05.01 How Do Other Nations Govern?
  • 05.02 How Does Geography Affect Society?
  • 05.03 Why Should Nations Diversify?
  • 05.04 What’s New in the World? (Advanced)
  • 05.05 What Are National Policies?
  • 05.06 How Does Currency Affect Trade?
  • 05.07 How Do We Participate in a World Community?
  • 05.08 Going Global Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 05.09 Going Global Unit Exam

Unit 6: American Money

  • 06.00 American Money Introduction
  • 06.01 How Does Scarcity Affect Us?
  • 06.02 What Are Incentives?
  • 06.03 What Is the Role of Competition?
  • 06.04 How Does Banking Work?
  • 06.05 Why Should We Pay Taxes?
  • 06.06 What Are the Priorities? (Advanced)
  • 06.07 How Does Borrowing Money Affect Us?
  • 06.08 American Money Review and Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 06.09 American Money Unit Exam0
  • 6.10 Segment Two Review and Exam

Service Learning

  • Service Learning Part A
  • Service Learning Part B

 

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