7th Grade Social Studies Lesson Plans

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The lesson plans below provide a detailed list of the seventh grade social studies curriculum, with brief activity descriptions and learning activity (LA) numbers. Additional resources related to seventh grade social studies are also provided, below.

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Social Studies Lesson Plan – 7th Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 150

The learner will identify and describe the culture of the first Americans and analyze how geography and climate influenced the way Native Americans lived.
The learner will identify reasons for European exploration and colonization of the Americas.
The learner will describe how the Spanish explored and dominated the Americas.
The learner will describe the establishment of Spanish colonies in the Americas and analyze the impact of exploration and colonization on the native peoples of the Americas.

Chapter Test: Age of Exploration

The student will descrbe the reasons and sucesses and failures of Englands first attempts to start colonies in North America.
Describe factors that led to the founding of the colonies, such as the escape from religious persecution, economic opportunity, release from prison, and military adventure.
The student will analyze why each geographic region of the colonies developed different industries and the affect of geography on daily life.

Chapter Test: English Colonization

The student will describe the causes events and results of the French and Indian war. The student will explain the economic relationship between the colonists and Britian.
The student will evaluate the cause and effect relationship of British tax policies concerning the colonies.
The student will analyze the British response to colonial actions of protest against British policy. The student will evaluate the cause and effect relationship of British tax policies concerning the colonies.

Chapter Test: American Revolution Causes

Students will analyze the early calls for independence by colonists and the early battles of the American Revolution.
Students will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the British and the Americans, the Declaration of Independence and major battles of the American Revolution.
Students will describe the contributions made by diverse individuals to the cause of American Independence.
Students will discuss the battles that led to the victory of the Americans over the British.

Chapter Test: The American Revolution

Traces the creation of the American government from Ancient Greece to Shays Rebellion.
Evaluates the major debates and compromises of the Constitutional Convention.
Explains the powers granted to Congress, the President, the Supreme Court, and those reserved to the states and describes the powers of government enumerated in the Constitution and the fundamental liberties ensured by the Bill of Rights. Evaluates the major debates and compromises of the Constitutional Convention.

Chapter Test: Creation of U.S. Government

Describes the precedents established by George Washington, including the cabinet and two terms of the presidency.
Analyzes the major issues facing Congress and the first two presidents.
Compares the beliefs of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton that resulted in the emergence of two political parties. Analyzes the major issues facing Congress and the first two presidents.

Chapter Test: Early Years of the Republic

Discusses Jeffersons life prior to the presidency and explores his early years in office.
Analyzes the causes and effects of the Louisana Purchase.
Evaluates Jefferson’s embargo policies and the effects on the American economy. Analyzes the causes and effects of the Louisana Purchase.
Students will examine the causes and issues surrounding important events of the War of 1812. Analyzes the causes and effects of the Louisana Purchase.

Chapter Test: Age of Jefferson

Examines the impact of the Industrial Revolution on American economy and society.
Describes how the effects of geography, climate, canals, river systems, economic incentives and frontier spirit infuenced the distribution of people, goods and services.
Analyzes Clay’s American System and examines the influences on the principle relationships between the United States, Mexico, Canada and the European powers.

Chapter Test: Growth and Expansion

Describes Jackson’s early years, military career, presidential election and philosophies.
Examines issues faced by Jackson such as the Bank of the United States, the tariff crisis, and Indian removal policies.

Chapter Test: Jacksonian Democracy

Defines Manifest Destiny and discusses the types of people who moved west.
Evaluates the relationships between Mexico and Texas and the problems associated with annexing Texas to the United States. Defines Manifest Destiny and discusses the types of people who moved west.
Examines the motives of several groups who migrated west. Defines Manifest Destiny and discusses the types of people who moved west.

Chapter Test: Manifest Destiny

Students will examine the life of slaves and free African Americans and the abolitionist movement.
Students will examine the role of women in the 1800s and the fight for equal rights. Students will examine the life of slaves and free African Americans and the abolitionist movement.
Students will recognize causes and effects of various reform movements, inlcuding religion, education and mentally ill/prison reform and the temperance movement. Students will examine the role of women in the 1800s and the fight for equal rights. Students will examine the life of slaves and free African Americans and the abolitionist movement.

Chapter Test: Reform Movements

Students analyze the consequences of Manifest Destiny in upsetting the balance of power in the United States government and the compromises reached to maintain balance between the North and South.
Discusses how compromises can no longer be reached and the issues that continue to divide the North and South. Students analyze the consequences of Manifest Destiny in upsetting the balance of power in the United States government and the compromises reached to maintain balance between the North and South.
Analyzes the issues that cause the South to secede from the Union. Discusses how compromises can no longer be reached and the issues that continue to divide the North and South. Students analyze the consequences of Manifest Destiny in upsetting the balance of power in the United States government and the compromises reached to maintain balance between the North and South.

Chapter Test: Causes of the Civil War

The learner will evaluate the military strategies and resources available in both the North and South.
The learner will investigate the lives of soldiers, and civilians including the contributions of women and African Americans. The learner will analyze the effects of new war technology, limited medical technology and the invention of the camera.
Learner will analyze the final battles of the war and the terms of the Confederate surrender.

Chapter Test: The Civil War

Evaluates the various plans for Reconstruction.
Evaluates the political gains of African Americans in the South under Reconstruction.
Describes the migration west after the Civil War.

Chapter Test: Reconstruction

Evaluates the immigrant experience in the United States in the late 1800s.
Discusses the changes in industry that occurred during the late 1800s.

Chapter Test: Immigration and Industry

Analyzes civil service reform and agricultural movements such as the Grange, Populist and Progressive movements.
Evaluates the United States policy of imperialism, yellow journalism, muckraking and involvement in the Spanish American War.

Chapter Test: United States as a World Power

Examines the issues and problems that led to war in Europe and the reasons the United States entered the war.
Describes the battles, people and outcomes of World War I.

Chapter Test: World War I

Evaluates the return to normalcy, Red Scare, rise of the KKK, and the economic climate of the 1920s.
Discusses the Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance, Prohibition and women’s suffrage.

Chapter Test: Roaring Twenties

Discusses the causes of the depression and the New Deal programs.
Describes the Second New Deal, daily life during the Great Depression and criticism of the New Deal programs.

Chapter Test: The Great Depression

Describes the rise to power of dictators in Europe.
Analyzes the start of the war and reasons for United States involvement.
Analyzes the economic and social challenges faced during the war and the aspect of human tragedy caused by the war. Analyzes the start of the war and reasons for United States involvement.

Chapter Test: World War II

Discusses the concept of the Iron Curtain and the spread of Communism.
Analyzes the launching of Sputnik, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the conflict with Vietnam.

Chapter Test: The Cold War

Traces the development of the Civil Rights Movement from Brown v. Board of Education through the 1970s.
Describes the problems and accomplishments of the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations.

Chapter Test: Changing Times in America

Describes the economic and foreign policies of the United States under twelve consecutive years of Republican presidents.
Evaluates the policies of the Clinton administration.

Chapter Test: Modern America

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Lesson Activity Finder Tool

activity_finderThe lesson activity finder is one of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child.

Every lesson in the curriculum has a unique activity number, referred to in the lesson plans as an “LA Number.” These numbers can be found on either the scope and sequence pages or the lesson plans in the parent administration area.

The activity finder can be found in the lower left hand corner of the Student LaunchPad page. To use it, members simply log in to their child’s account, type the Learning Activity (LA) number of a lesson into the Activity Finder and click “Go” to open it.

For additional information, please visit our hints and help section, which gives more details about the activity finder.

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