This is a 7th grade social studies curriculum originally taught at KIPP: Gaston College Prep in Gaston, NC.

Units include:

  • Unit 0: Rules, Procedures & Themes
  • Unit 1: Belief Systems
  • Unit 2: Empire
  • Unit 3: Battles for Independence I
  • Unit 4: Battles for Independence II
  • Unit 5: Genocide
  • Unit 6: China
  • Unit 7: Middle East
  • Unit 8: DBQ (Document Based Question) Writing
  • Unit 9: Development
  • Unit 10: DBQ Week
This course also includes a packet of work to be completed during spring break, as well as enrichment lessons on jazz.

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This was taught in a summer school session. It establishes rules and procedures and goes a little bit into forms of government. Lessons include: Rules and Procedures Social Studies and Problem Solving Social Studies and Memory Perfecting Partner Work Geography Government Economics Chronology There are also quizzes to cover the information in this unit. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Unit 1: Belief Systems

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This is a unit on belief systems. Lessons include: Origins and Trust Stories the Refuse to Die The Greek Creation Myth Introduction to the Olympians Hades 1 Hades 2 Review of Greek Gods Prometheus and Pandora Baucis and Philemon Perseus and Medusa Folktales Introduction to Judaism 1 Introduction to Judaism 2 Christianity Islam This unit also includes 2 projects on Shrines and Extremism, quizzes, and review and catch up lessons. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Unit 2: Empire

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This is a 15-day unit on empire for 7th grade Social Studies. Lessons include: Muslim Empire Imperialism Settler vs. Non-Settler Colonies Tragedies of Imperialism Rural to Urban Migrations This unit also includes a project, review, and a test. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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This is a unit plan for 7th grade social studies covering the first part of battles for independence. Lessons include: Primary vs. Secondary Sources Ethnic Groups Kenya's Battle for Independence Military Dictatorships Role plays, projects, and quizzes are also included. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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This unit for 7th grade Social Studies includes lessons on: Apartheid and Jim Crow Laws Think Tanks Hinduism South Asian Geography The Caste System Gandhi Unit resources include seminars and quizzes. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Unit 5: Genocide

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This is a unit for 7th grade social studies. Lessons include: Sources of Nazism The Rise of Hitler Nuremberg Laws World War II and Death Camps Genocide Schindler's List Rwanda Darfur Unit resources include quizzes and seminar materials. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Unit 6: China

by Robert Lucas

Unit on China for 7th grade Social Studies. Enduring Understandings: EU #1: The great minds of the past have developed ideas that can enrich our lives and our world. EU #2: Over the course of history, the same country can swing from tremendously powerful to dangerously weak and back again. EU #3: There is no such thing as a "perfect government." Lessons include: Geography of China Confucianism Taoism Buddhism Silk Road Opium Communism Deng's Reforms Tiannenmen Square Resources include goal posters, tracking sheets, quizzes, and projects. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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An assignment to give over spring break. Students take note of what they have learned (from TV, Newspapers, etc), draw an illustration, and connect it to what they are learning in history class. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Unit 7: Middle East

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Mini-unit on 7th grade social studies. This wasn't a main part of the curriculum, but it was timely in Spring 2006, when it was taught. From the looks of things, it could continue to be timely for some years... This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Students learn how to write an essay in response to a document-based question. It's a unit for 7th graders, but the intent is to prepare them for (and get them thinking about) AP History tests and college. Lessons include: Preparation Topic Sentences "To What Extent" Questions Resources include practice questions an a quiz. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Unit 9: Development

by Robert Lucas

A short unit on development. This was taught to students who had already met objectives for writing DBQs, while those who hadn't were remediated. Lessons include: Developed and Developing Nations Policy Options Population Growth in Africa Population Growth in China Human Rights Offshoring Resources include projects and quizzes. This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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Unit 10: DBQ Week

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Culminating unit of the year, in which students write a document-based essay. Lessons include: Grouping documents Outlining Drafting Editing This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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A short set of lessons on Jazz, originally taught at a KIPP: Gaston College Prep for Saturday school (for enrichment, not remediation or punishment). Lessons include: Who Invented Hip Hop? Personality and Dialogue Pushing the Envelope Latin Jazz This resource is part of the Social Studies 7 course.
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