7th Grade Social Studies

7th Social Studies Curriculum Map


Unit 1: Europe Transforms (1000 CE – 1600 CE)

  • Europe in the Middle Ages
    • Medieval Society and Politics
    • Feudal System
    • The Black Death
  • The Renaissance
    • Origins and Characteristics
    • Cultural Contributions
  • Exploration and Conquest
    • Motives for Exploration and Trade in Africa and Asia
    • American civilizations
    • African Civilizations
    • Cultures Collide in the Americas


Unit 2: New Way of Thinking (1600 CE – 1800 CE)

  • Reformation
    • Causes of Protestant Reformation
    • Key leaders of Protestant Reformation
    • Impacts of Protestant Reformation
  • Scientific Revolution
    • New Ideas from Revolution
    • Key Leaders
    • Challenges of Revolution
  • The Enlightenment
    • Leaders of the Enlightenment
    • Philosophies of the Enlightenment
    • Conflicting Viewpoints of Philosophers


Unit 3: Creating the Modern World (1763 CE – 1945 CE)

  • Revolutions
    • Revolutions in America and France
    • Independence in Latin America
  • The Industrial Revolution
    • Innovations of Industrial Revolution
    • Key Leader of Industrial Revolution
    • Impact of the Industrial Revolution
  • Competition and Crisis
    • Nationalism and Reform
    • Conquest and Colonies


Unit 4: Global Conflict (1914 CE – 1945 CE)

  • World War I and Russian Revolution
    • Causes of WWI
    • Bolshevik Revolution
    • Impacts WWI
  • The Great Depression and Rise of Dictators
    • Causes of Great Depression
    • Impacts of Great Depression
  • World War II
    • Causes of WWII
    • Key Leaders of WWII
    • Impacts of WWII


Unit 5: Nationhood and Interdependence (1945 – Present)

  • The Cold War Era
    • Postwar Tensions
    • Revolution in China
    • Independence and Struggle
    • Cold War Conflict and Resolution
  • The Contemporary World
    • A New Balance of Power
    • A Global Community
    • Threats in the Modern World
    • International Cooperation


Essential Standards: The students will study the above by diving into five strands history, geography, economics and financial literacy, government and civics, and culture. This course will instill essential skills along with the knowledge and understandings of the above topics. These skills include:

  • History
    • Use historical thinking to analyze various modern societies
    • Understand the implications of global interactions
  • Geography
    • Understand how geography, demographic trends, and environmental conditions shape modern societies and regions
    • Apply the tools of a geographer to understand modern societies and regions
  • Economics and Financial Literacy
    • Understand the economic activities of modern societies and regions
  • Government and Physics
    • Understand the development of government in modern societies and regions
  • Culture
    • Understand how cultural values influence relationships between individuals, groups, and political entities in modern societies and regions