7th Grade U.S. History

We are not makers of history. We are made by history. 
   -Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Program Description- 7th Grade Social Studies (Reading for Information)

    In 7th Grade Social Studies, students will develop and improve competencies as articulated in the Common Core State Standards for reading for information, grade 7.  Students will become proficient in three overarching areas: (1) identifying key ideas and details; (2) analyzing the craft and structure used in the text; and (3) integrating knowledge and ideas from different texts.  These skills will be used to work with four specific topics: Civics, Geography, Economics and History.

(1) Students will analyze a text and cite explicit and inferential textual evidence to support their analysis.  They will analyze a text to determine a central idea. Students will provide an objective summary of the text which is free from bias or opinion.  They will analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g. how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

(2) Students will analyze the craft and structure of a text to determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used, including figurative and connotative meanings; they will analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.  They will determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

(3) Students will integrate knowledge and ideas as they compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text.  They will analyze each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g. how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words). They will trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to the support the claim.  Students will analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentation of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.

7th Grade Social Studies students will read and comprehend a variety of complex literary nonfiction texts related to civics, geography, economics, and history, including texts written at the high end of their grade range.  They will practice skills of analysis and evaluation in isolation and apply them effectively to make meaning.