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Illinois seventh-grade social studies standards

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IXL's seventh-grade skills will be aligned to the Learning Standards soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of seventh-grade standards below. Be sure to check out the unlimited social studies practice questions in IXL's 82 seventh-grade skills.

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SS.CV Civic

  • Understand Political Systems, With an Emphasis on the United States

    • Civic and Political Institutions

      • Less Complex

        • SS.CV.1.6-8LC Identify roles played by citizens (examples: voters, jurors, taxpayers, military, protesters, and office-holders).

        • SS.CV.2.6-8LC Describe the origins, purposes, and impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreements.

      • Moderately Complex

        • SS.CV.1.6-8.MdC Describe the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people's lives.

        • SS.CV.2.6-8.MdC Explain the origins, functions, and structure of government with reference to the U.S. Constitution, Illinois Constitution, and other systems of government.

      • More Complex

        • SS.CV.1.6-8.MC Evaluate the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media.

        • SS.CV.2.6-8.MC Analyze the powers and limits of governments, public officials, and bureaucracies at different levels in the United States and other countries.

    • Participation and Deliberation: Applying Civic Virtues and Democratic Principles

      • Less Complex

        • SS.CV.3.6-8.LC Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good, and protect rights.

        • SS.CV.4.6-8.LC Explain the connection between interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when addressing issues in government and society.

        • SS.CV.5.6-8LC Apply civic virtues and democratic principles in school and community settings.

      • Moderately Complex

        • SS.CV.3.6-8.MdC Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good, and protect rights.

        • SS.CV.4.6-8.MdC Analyze ideas and principles contained in the founding documents of the United States and other countries, and explain how they influence the social and political system.

      • More Complex

        • SS.CV.3.6-8.MC Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good, and protect rights.

        • SS.CV.4.6-8.MC Critique deliberative processes used by a wide variety of groups in various settings.

    • Processes, Rules, and Laws

      • Less Complex

        • SS.CV.6.6-8.LC Determine whether specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) resolve the problems they were meant to address.

      • Moderately Complex

        • SS.CV.5.6-8.MdC Analyze the purposes, implementation, and consequences of public policies in historic and contemporary settings.

      • More Complex

        • SS.CV.5.6-8.MC Develop procedures for making decisions in historic and contemporary settings (such as the school, civil society, or local, state, or national government).

SS.EC Economics

  • Economic Decision Making

    • Less Complex

      • SS.EC.1.6-8.LC Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.EC.1.6-8.MdC Explain how external benefits and costs influence choices.

    • More Complex

      • SS.EC.1.6-8.MC Evaluate alternative approaches or solutions to current economic issues in terms of benefits and costs for different groups and society as a whole.

  • Exchange and Markets

    • Less Complex

      • SS.EC.2.6-8.LC Analyze the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in a market economy.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.EC.2.6-8.MdC Describe the roles of institutions, such as corporations, non-profits, and labor unions, in a market economy.

    • More Complex

      • SS.EC.2.6-8.MC Explain how changes in supply and demand cause changes in prices and quantities of goods and services, labor, credit, and foreign currencies.

  • The National and Global Economy

    • Less Complex

      • S.EC.3.6-8.LC Explain why standards of living increase as productivity improves.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.EC.3.6-8.MdC Explain barriers to trade and how those barriers influence trade among nations.

    • More Complex

      • SS.EC.3.6-8.MC Evaluate employment, unemployment, inflation, total production, income, and economic growth data and how they affect different groups.

SS.EC.FL Financial Literacy

  • Financial Literacy

    • Less Complex

      • SS.EC.FL.1.6-8.LC Analyze the relationship between skills, education, jobs, and income.

      • SS.EC.FL.2.6-8.LC Explain the roles and relationships between savers, borrowers, interest, time, and the purposes for saving.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.EC.FL.1.6-8.MdC Identify how people choose to buy goods and services while still maintaining a budget based on income, taxes, savings, and fixed and variable expenses.

      • SS.EC.FL.2.6-8.MdC Explain the correlation between investors, investment options (and associated risks), and income/wealth.

    • More Complex

      • SS.EC.FL.1.6-8.MC Describe the connection between credit, credit options, interest, and credit history.

      • SS.EC.FL.2.6-8.MC Analyze the relationship between financial risks and protection, insurance, and costs.

SS.G Geography

  • Geographic Representations Human-Environment Interaction

    • Less Complex

      • SS.G.1.6-8.LC Use geographic representations (maps, photographs, satellite images, etc.) to explain relationships between the locations (places and regions) and changes in their environment.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.G.1.6-8.MdC Use mapping and graphing to represent and analyze spatial patterns of different environmental and cultural characteristics.

    • More Complex

      • SS.G.1.6-8.MC Construct different representations to explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.

  • Human Population

    • Less Complex

      • SS.G.2.6-8.LC Explain how humans and their environment affect one another.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.G.2.6-8.MdC Compare and contrast the cultural and environmental characteristics of different places or regions.

    • More Complex

      • SS.G.2.6-8.MC Evaluate how cultural and economic decisions influence environments and the daily lives of people in both nearby and distant places.

  • Geographic Representations Human-Environment Interaction Population

    • Less Complex

      • SS.G.3.6-8.LC Explain how environmental characteristics impact human migration and settlement.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.G.3.6-8.MdC Explain how changes in transportation and communication influence the spatial connections among human settlements and affect the spread of ideas and culture.

    • More Complex

      • SS.G.3.6-8.MC Evaluate the influences of long-term human-induced environmental change on spatial patterns of conflict and cooperation.

  • Global Interconnections

    • Less Complex

      • SS.G.4.6-8.LC Identify how cultural and environmental characteristics vary among regions of the world.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.G.4.6-8.MdC Explain how global changes in population distribution patterns affect changes in land use.

    • More Complex

      • SS.G.4.6-8.MC Analyze how the environmental characteristics of places and production of goods influence patterns of world trade.

SS.H History

  • Change, Continuity, and Context

    • Less Complex

      • SS.H.1.6-8.LC Classify series of historical events and developments as examples of change and/or continuity.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.H.1.6-8.MdC Analyze connections among events and developments in broader historical contexts.

    • More Complex

      • SS.H.1.6-8.MC Use questions generated about individuals and groups to analyze why they, and the developments they shaped, are seen as historically significant.

  • Perspectives

    • Less Complex

      • SS.H.2.6-8.LC Explain how and why perspectives of people have changed over time.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.H.2.6-8.MdC Analyze multiple factors that influenced the perspectives of people during different historical eras.

    • More Complex

      • SS.H.2.6-8.MC Analyze how people's perspectives influenced what information is available in the historical sources they created.

  • Historical Sources and Evidence

    • Less Complex

      • SS.H.3.6-8.LC Classify the kinds of historical sources used in a secondary interpretation.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.H.3.6-8.MdC Detect possible limitations in the historical record based on evidence collected from different kinds of historical sources.

    • More Complex

      • SS.H.3.6-8.MC Analyze how people's perspectives influenced what information is available in the historical sources they created. Use other historical sources to infer a plausible maker, date, place of origin, and intended audience for historical sources where this information is not easily identified.

  • Causation and Argumentation

    • Less Complex

      • SS.H.4.6-8.LC Explain multiple causes and effects of historical events.

    • Moderately Complex

      • SS.H.4.6-8.MdC Compare the central historical arguments in secondary works across multiple media.

    • More Complex

      • SS.H.4.6-8.MC Organize applicable evidence into a coherent argument about the past.