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Nevada seventh-grade social studies standards

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As students become increasingly sophisticated and informed thinkers, they are provided opportunities to develop and apply skills that enhance critical thinking processes by developing and applying 21st Century Skills. Content literacy is the acquisition and application of reading, writing and oral communication skills to construct knowledge. Information, media, and technology literacy is the acquisition, organization, use, and evaluation of information that prepares students to be active, informed, and literate citizens. These skills are an essential part of the study of social studies and should be integrated within the content.

  • Content Literacy

    • Read texts by using reading strategies (i.e., prior knowledge, key vocabulary words, context clues, main ideas, supporting details, and text features: pictures, maps, text boxes).

    • Read to identify cause and effect relationships, compare and contrast information, fact v. opinion, and author bias.

    • Apply reading and writing strategies to construct and express knowledge.

    • Use reading and writing to respond to historical literature.

    • Gather information by taking notes, making outlines, and creating graphic organizers.

    • Formulate essential questions on a given topic.

  • Information, Media & Technology Literacy

    • Formulate appropriate research questions.

    • Conduct research by locating, gathering, organizing information and data, and evaluating online and print resources.

    • Effectively communicate and present information orally, in writing, and through the development of multimedia presentations, and other forms of technology.

    • Identify propaganda, censorship, and bias in the media.

    • Explain content through the use of maps, graphs, charts, and diagrams.

    • Use technology resources for problem solving, self-directed learning, and extended learning activities.

    • Demonstrate positive social and ethical behaviors when using technology and discuss consequences of inappropriate use.

    • Use content specific technology tools to support learning and research.

    • Evaluate the accuracy, relevancy, appropriateness, and bias of online and print sources.

  • Historical Interpretation & Analysis

    • Develop a clear sense of historical time, past, present, and future in order to identify the sequence in which events occurred.

    • Identify primary and secondary sources as historical content.

    • Identify historical myths and historical fact.

    • Apply social studies (content & skills) to real life situations.

    • Formulate historical questions.

    • Interpret history through the use of primary and secondary sources.

    • Identify multiple perspectives of historical events.

    • Answer a historical question through the interpretation of primary sources.

  • Civic Participation

    • Accept responsibility for the well-being of oneself, family, and the community.

    • Identify issues and events that have an impact on people at local, state, national, and global levels.

    • Actively participate in civic and community life at local, state, national, and global levels.

    • Ask meaningful questions to evaluate information.

    • Use effective decision-making and problem-solving skills in public and private life.

    • Collaborate effectively as a member of a group.

H1.0 Students understand the development, characteristics, and interaction of people, cultures, societies, religion, and ideas.

  • H1.[6-8].1 Describe the cultural contributions of Native Americans in Nevada and in the United States.

  • H1.[6-8].2 Investigate ways in which Native Americans and immigrants helped create North American culture.

  • H1.[6-8].3 Describe the interactions among Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans.

  • H1.[6-8].4 Compare lifestyles in the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies as determined by race, class, and gender.

  • H1.[6-8].5 Identify American industrialists and discuss their contributions to the social, economic, and political way of life.

  • H1.[6-8].6 Explain how literature, music, architecture, and visual arts were a reflection of each time period.

  • H1.[6-8].7 Explore the lure of the West and the reality of life on the frontier as it relates to communication, farming and water issues, mining, and ranching.

  • H1.[6-8].8 Describe the contributions of immigrant groups to the emerging American culture.

  • H1.[6-8].9 Discuss the characteristics of American culture.

  • H1.[6-8].10 Describe the role of farming, railroads, and mining in the settlement of the West.

  • H1.[6-8].11 Explain the effects of WWI and WWII on social and cultural life in Nevada and the United States.

  • H1.[6-8].12 Identify and describe the characteristics of pre-agricultural societies.

  • H1.[6-8].13 Identify and describe the technological innovations of early agrarian societies.

  • H1.[6-8].14 Identify the characteristics of pre-Columbian civilizations in South America that became part of American culture.

  • H1.[6-8].15 Evaluate factors that contributed to the fall of pre-Columbian civilizations.

  • H1.[6-8].16 Identify the characteristics of a civilization.

  • H1.[6-8].17 Explain how a civilization's geographic location influenced its development.

  • H1.[6-8].18 Describe the achievements of ancient and classical civilizations.

  • H1.[6-8].19 Locate ancient, classical, and regional civilizations and describe their contributions of social structure, religion, and political systems.

  • H1.[6-8].20 Describe the origin, traditions, customs, and spread of the five major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism).

  • H1.[6-8].21 Describe the cultural achievements of societies in the Middle East, Far East, the Americas, Africa, South Asia, and Europe.

  • H1.[6-8].22 Identify contributions of individuals around the world during the Middle Ages.

  • H1.[6-8].23 Explain the impact of the Crusades, trade, and the Plague on society during the Middle Ages.

H2.0 Students understand the people, events, ideas, and conflicts that lead to the evolution of nations, empires, distinctive cultures, and political and economic ideas.

  • H2.[6-8].1 Summarize the contributions of the diverse populations of Nevada's early settlers.

  • H2.[6-8].2 Explain the events that led to Nevada's statehood.

  • H2.[6-8].3 Describe how compromise and conflict among peoples contributed to political, economic, and cultural divisions.

  • H2.[6-8].4 Identify and explain the importance of immigrant and native groups to mining, ranching, railroads, and commerce in Nevada and the United States.

  • H2.[6-8].5 Describe the impact of the United States military and atomic testing on Nevada.

  • H2.[6-8].6 Describe the effects of tourism and gaming on Nevada.

  • H2.[6-8].7 Describe the goals and accomplishments of labor unions in Nevada.

  • H2.[6-8].8 Determine the significance of the first and second Continental Congress and the Committees of Correspondence.

  • H2.[6-8].9 Describe the events, course, and results of the American Revolution, including the contributions of women, African Americans, and Native Americans.

  • H2.[6-8].10 Explain how the failures of the Articles of Confederation led to the creation of the Constitution.

  • H2.[6-8].11 Explain the issues involved in the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the new government it established.

  • H2.[6-8].12 Identify the individual and states rights protected by the Bill of Rights and their continuing significance.

  • H2.[6-8].13 Evaluate the influence of individuals in the building of a national identity, i.e., Pontiac, George Washington, and Abigail Adams.

  • H2.[6-8].14 Describe contributing factors in the development of a national identity following the War of 1812.

  • H2.[6-8].15 Describe the colonization, immigration, and settlement patterns of the American people, i.e., the role of economic incentives, the effects of physical/political geography, and transportation systems.

  • H2.[6-8].16 Define the concept of Manifest Destiny and explain the events that led to the expansion of the United States.

  • H2.[6-8].17 Discuss and analyze the interactions between pioneers and Native Americans during the westward expansion.

  • H2.[6-8].18 Describe the institutionalization of slavery in America, the resistance of the enslaved, and the ongoing struggle between proponents and opponents of slavery.

  • H2.[6-8].19 Identify and describe the causes, key people, and events of the Civil War.

  • H2.[6-8].20 Identify and discuss the immediate outcomes and long term effects of the Civil War.

  • H2.[6-8].21 Summarize the successes and failures of Reconstruction.

  • H2.[6-8].22 Describe the effects of industrialization and new technologies on the development of the United States.

  • H2.[6-8].23 Explain the causes of the Great Depression and the impact the Great Depression had on society and its effect on U.S. political policy.

  • H2.[6-8].24 Identify the characteristics that led to the emergence and decline of empires around the world.

  • H2.[6-8].25 Identify the characteristics of various political systems of ancient civilizations.

  • H2.[6-8].26 Explain how feudal relationships provided a foundation for political order in Europe and Japan.

  • H2.[6-8].27 Determine the causes and consequences of political revolutions.

  • H2.[6-8].28 Define nation states and explain their political development.

  • H2.[6-8].29 Define mercantilism and explain how it influenced patterns of economic activity.

  • H2.[6-8].30 Explore how a desire for foreign goods led to an increase of economic and cultural diversity.

H3.0 Students understand how social ideas and individual action lead to social, political, economic, and technological change.

  • H3.[6-8].1 Describe the similarities and differences of European colonial communities in North America in terms of politics, religion, language, economics, and social customs.

  • H3.[6-8].2 Explain the political and economic causes and effects of the American Revolution.

  • H3.[6-8].3 Describe key political ideas that influenced the American Revolution and the formation of the United States.

  • H3.[6-8].4 Explain the major ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

  • H3.[6-8].5 Describe the social reform and religious movements of antebellum America.

  • H3.[6-8].6 Define abolition and identify key people and events of the movement.

  • H3.[6-8].7 Explain the struggle between states' rights and federalism, and the impact on the national identity in the United States.

  • H3.[6-8].8 Explore the causes, events, major inventions, and technologies of the Industrial Revolution and explain their impact on the way of life in Nevada and the United States.

  • H3.[6-8].9 Identify the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution and explain their impact on the expansion of human rights.

  • H3.[6-8].10 Identify the Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws and explain how they reflected attitudes about race.

  • H3.[6-8].11 Discuss the rise of the Populist and Progressive Movements and explain how they reflected social change.

  • H3.[6-8].12 Explain the major social, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920's.

  • H3.[6-8].13 Explain how democratic principles introduced by the Greeks and Romans developed the concept of social responsibility.

  • H3.[6-8].14 Analyze the social impact of technology, i.e., ships, iron, water delivery systems, wheel, and the printing press.

  • H3.[6-8].15 Explain the spread of the five major world religions and their impact on society.

  • H3.[6-8].16 Identify institutions of social responsibility and explain their impact on society, i.e., church, government, family.

  • H3.[6-8].17 Compare the economic and social importance of slavery with other forms of coerced labor from ancient times to the present.

  • H3.[6-8].18 Explain how civilizations create order through social groupings, i.e., caste system, class system, feudalism.

H4.0 Students understand the interaction and interdependence of nations around the world. Students understand the impact of economics, politics, religion, and culture on international relationships.

  • H4.[6-8].1 Describe major local, national, and world issues; and explain their impact on international relations.

  • H4.[6-8].2 Describe the causes and effects of the French and Indian War on U.S. political policy and the expansion of U.S. territory.

  • H4.[6-8].3 Describe the influence of the American Revolution on Europe and the Americas.

  • H4.[6-8].4 Describe the contributions of foreign individuals and nations to the outcome of the American Revolution.

  • H4.[6-8].5 Examine U.S. involvement in World War I.

  • H4.[6-8].6 Explain the political and economic effects of World War I on the United States.

  • H4.[6-8].7 Identify the causes of World War II and the reasons for U.S. entry into the war.

  • H.4.[6-8].8 Discuss the effects of World War II on American economic and political policies.

  • H.4.[6-8].9 Identify the motivations for groups coming to the United States and discuss U.S political policies towards immigration.

  • H4.[6-8].10 Examine how the Crusades led to a diffusion of ideas throughout Europe and Asia.

  • H4.[6-8].11 Examine how decisions made in the settlement of the West affected modern foreign commerce, i.e., energy, mining, and multinational corporations.

  • H4.[6-8].12 Explain the significance of major news events Nevada and at the national and world levels.

G5.0 Students use maps, globes, and other geographic tools and technologies to locate and extrapolate information about people, places, and environments.

  • G5.[6-8].1 Use map elements, including scale, to identify and locate physical and human features in the United States and the world.

  • G5.[6-8].2 Compare characteristics and purposes of several types of maps, map projections, and other geographic representations.

  • G5.[6-8].3 Make and defend a spatial decision using basic geographic vocabulary, tools, and concepts.

  • G5.[6-8].4 Construct mental maps from memory, i.e., sketch a map.

  • G5.[6-8].5 Create and compare maps of about human and physical features around the world for purpose, accuracy, content, form, and design.

  • G5.[6-8].6 Provide oral directions in order to move from one location to another.

  • G5.[6-8].7 Compare Earth's physical and human features using maps, fieldwork, graphic representations, aerial photographs, satellite images, and technological resources.

G6.0 Students understand the physical and human features of places and use this information to define and study regions and their patterns of change.

  • G6.[6-8].1 Describe physical and human features, i.e., cultural characteristics, of places and regions in Nevada, the United States, and the world.

  • G6.[6-8].2 Locate major civilizations, ancient through current, and describe how and why these regions changed over time.

  • G6.[6-8].3 Illustrate the relationship between the physical and cultural characteristics of a region.

  • G6.[6-8].4 Evaluate the role regions have played in historical events.

  • G6.[6-8].5 Define physical geographic terms, i.e., archipelago, gulf, basin, tundra.

  • G6.[6-8].6 Describe relationships between regions and belief systems and tell how these are important to cultural identity.

  • G6.[6-8].7 Compare how cultural characteristics affect different points of view with regard to places and regions.

  • G6.[6-8].8 Compare the uses of technology across world cultures.

  • G6.[6-8].9 Use absolute and relative location (including latitude and longitude) to locate prominent countries, cities, and physical features in different regions of the world.

G7.0 Students understand how economic, political, and cultural processes interact to shape patterns of human migration and settlement, influence and interdependence, and conflict and cooperation.

  • G7.[6-8].1 Describe characteristics of developing and developed countries using demographic concepts.

  • G7.[6-8].2 Describe how movements of people, goods, ideas, and resources have affected events and conditions in the past and present.

  • G7.[6-8].3 Identify the conditions necessary for the development of civilizations and the cultural, political, and economic characteristics resulting from the growth of civilizations.

  • G7.[6-8].4 Identify patterns of rural and urban settlements in developing and developed countries.

  • G7.[6-8].5 Identify a regional or international economic issue and explain it from a spatial perspective.

  • G7.[6-8].6 Explain how the physical and human geography of regions influences their allocation of resources.

  • G7.[6-8].7 Compare cultural, political, and economic organizations in the United States.

G8.0 Students understand effects of interactions between human and physical systems and the changes in use, distribution, and importance of resources.

  • G8.[6-8].1 Describe and predict the regional and global impact of changes in the physical environment.

  • G8.[6-8].2 Evaluate the role of technology in the human modification of the physical environment.

  • G8.[6-8].3 Describe the changes that result from human modification of the physical environment.

  • G8.[6-8].4 Discuss the impact of natural hazards on the use and distribution of resources.

  • G8.[6-8].5 Research a specific natural hazard and document its effects on human systems.

  • G8.[6-8].6 Define renewable, nonrenewable, and human resources.

  • G8.[6-8].7 Categorize and locate examples of renewable, nonrenewable, and human resources.

  • G8.[6-8].8 Evaluate different viewpoints regarding a resource.

E9.0 Students will understand how scarcity and incentives affect choices, how markets work, why markets form, how supply and demand interact to determine the market price, and how changes in prices act as economic signals to coordinate trade.

  • E9.[6-8].1 Discuss choices made by individuals including the concepts of opportunity cost and total benefit.

  • E9.[6-8].2 Identify factors that affect purchasing decisions such as:

    • Price

    • Income

    • Availability of substitutes

    • Self interest

  • E9.[6-8].3 Identify factors that affect producers' decisions to supply goods such as:

    • Output prices

    • Input prices

    • Technology

  • E9.[6-8].4 Discuss career paths considering:

    • Specific skills required

    • Wages

    • Impact of skills on wages

  • E9.[6-8].5 Demonstrate and explain an understanding of supply and demand in a market, i.e., law of supply and law of demand.

E10.0 Students will identify indicators used to measure economic performance, understand key aspects of how the economy acts as a system, and understand the roles of money, interest rates, savers, and borrowers, financial institutions, and the central bank in our economy.

  • E10.[6-8].1 Describe the transition from the use of commodities as money to the use of modern forms of money.

  • E10.[6-8].2 Illustrate how prices stated in money terms help people compare the value of products.

  • E10.[6-8].3 Explain why riskier loans command higher interest rates than safer loans.

  • E10.[6-8].4 Identify the pros and cons of paying with cash versus using credit.

  • E10.[6-8].5 Compare the rewards and risks of saving money in financial institutions.

  • E10.[6-8].6 Explain the circular flow of economic activity.

  • E10.[6-8].7 Explain how the current utilization of a productive resource affects the availability of that resource in the future.

  • E10.[6-8].8 Explain how inflation affects individuals as they use their incomes to buy goods and services.

  • E10.[6-8].9 Identify factors that can affect an individual's likelihood of being unemployed, and give examples of the costs of unemployment to the economy as a whole.

  • E10.[6-8].10 Determine per capita GDP using data on population and GDP for several countries then compare with the United States.

  • E10.[6-8].11 Explain gross domestic product (GDP) and how it is used to describe a country's economic output.

  • E10.[6-8].12 Compare the buying power of the U.S. dollar in one year with its buying power in another year using the consumer price index (CPI).

  • E10.[6-8].13 Distinguish between a high rate and a low rate of unemployment for the U.S. economy over time.

  • E10.[6-8].14 Explain the purposes and functions of financial institutions by comparing and contrasting the services, and evaluate the risks and rewards to borrowers and savers.

E11.0 Students will identify the causes of economic change, explain how the U.S. economic system responds to those changes; and explain how other economic systems respond to change.

  • E11.[6-8].1 Describe for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and explain why not-for-profit organizations are tax exempt.

  • E11.[6-8].2 Explain how investment in either physical capital or human capital improves standards of living by increasing productivity.

  • E11.[6-8].3 Determine the advantages and disadvantages of being an entrepreneur.

  • E11.[6-8].4 Give examples of how specialization is facilitated by trade.

  • E11.[6-8].5 Illustrate how competition among sellers decreases prices, while competition among buyers increases prices.

  • E11.[6-8].6 Identify the role of government in a market economy regarding:

    • Public goods

    • Externalities

    • Monopoly power

    • Redistribution of income

    • Definition and protection of property rights

  • E11.[6-8].7 Discuss the rise of the merchant class, the development of mercantilism and the move toward industrialization.

  • E11.[6-8].8 Define stereotypical economic systems by contrasting:

    • capitalism and socialism

    • command economy and market economy

  • E11.[6-8].9 Explain ways in which households, schools, or community groups allocate resources.

  • E11.[6-8].10 Explain how consumer and producer reactions to price changes affect resource allocation.

E12.0 Students will explore trends in international trade, the impact of trade on the U.S. economy, and the role of exchange rates.

  • E12.[6-8].1 Describe how the exchange of goods and services around the world creates interdependence among people in different countries and effects standards of living.

  • E12.[6-8].2 Explain how a change in the exchange rate affects purchasing power.

  • E12.[6-8].3 Describe the rise of international economies, the emergence of capitalism and free markets around the world.

  • E12.[6-8].4 Explain how governments use tariffs or quotas to restrict trade.

C13.0 Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

  • C13.[6-8].1 Explain the difference between the rule of law and the rule of man, i.e., divine right of monarchs, dictatorships.

  • C13.[6-8].2 Identify major conflicts in social, political, and economic life and analyze the role of compromise in the resolution of these issues.

  • C13.[6-8].3 Describe the significance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as foundations of U.S. democracy.

  • C13.[6-8].4 Describe how the Nevada and U.S. Constitution serve as devices for preserving state and national principles and as vehicles for change, including the amendment process.

  • C13.[6-8].5 Explain the influence of ancient civilizations of the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

  • C13.[6-8].6 Explain the necessity of the protection of individual rights in a democratic society.

  • C13.[6-8].7 Define and explain popular sovereignty and the need for citizen involvement at all levels of U.S. government.

  • C13.[6-8].8 Identify and explain the rights, privileges, and responsibilities associated with Nevada and U.S. citizenship, including voting, holding office, jury duty, and military service, community service, and public service.

  • C13.[6-8].9 Explain the significance of mottoes and symbols to the cultural and political identity of various societies.

C14.0 U.S., State, and Local Governments - Students understand the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.

  • C14.[6-8].1 Define federalism.

  • C14.[6-8].2 Give examples of governmental powers, i.e., the power to tax, declare war, and issue drivers' licenses, that are distributed between the national and state governments.

  • C14.[6-8].3 Explain how the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution defines the relationship between national and state governments.

  • C14.[6-8].4 Explain the purpose of a tribal government.

  • C14.[6-8].5 Explain the functions of the three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) as found in the U.S. and Nevada Constitutions.

  • C14.[6-8].6 Explain the system of checks and balances and the principle of limited powers in the design of the U.S. Constitution.

  • C14.[6-8].7 Explain the organization and function of State and local government.

  • C14.[6-8].8 Explain the historic compromises that created a two-house Congress and identify the responsibilities of each house.

  • C14.[6-8].9 Describe powers of the U.S. Congress.

  • C14.[6-8].10 Describe the duties of the President and other executive officials.

  • C14.[6-8].11 Describe the function of the U.S. Supreme Court including judicial review using landmark court cases.

  • C14.[6-8].12 Identify the state and local judicial processes, i.e., juvenile, civil, and criminal court systems.

C15.0 Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

  • C15.[6-8].1 Describe the election process.

  • C15.[6-8].2 Provide examples of how political parties have changed.

  • C15.[6-8].3 Identify the impact of interest groups and public opinion on the political process.

  • C15.[6-8].4 Identify the influence of the media in forming public opinion.

  • C15.[6-8].5 Identify propaganda and persuasion in political advertising and literature.

  • C15.[6-8].6 Provide examples of contemporary public issues that may require public solutions.

C16.0 Students explain the different political systems in the world and how those systems relate to the United States and its citizens.

  • C16.[6-8].1 Define the characteristics of a country:

    • Sovereignty

    • Territory

    • Population

    • Organized government

  • C16.[6-8].2 Define the world's major political systems:

    • Monarchy

    • Totalitarian dictatorship

    • Democratic systems

      • presidential systems

      • parliamentary systems

    • Socialism

    • Communism

  • C16.[6-8].3 Identify nations that play a significant role in U.S. foreign policy.

  • C16.[6-8].4 Define foreign policy and describe ways nations interact diplomatically, i.e., treaties, trade, humanitarian aid, and military intervention.

  • C16.[6-8].5 List and describe international organizations, i.e., the United Nations, World Bank, Amnesty International, and the International Red Cross.