7.1 The student will analyze data from a geographic perspective using the skills and tools of geography.
7.1.1 Integrate specific geographic information to support analysis from primary and secondary sources located in texts, documents, newspapers, magazines, journals, political cartoons, and online news sources.
7.1.2 Apply the concepts of scale, distance, direction, relative location, absolute location, and latitude and longitude.
7.1.4 Integrate visual information and apply the skill of mental mapping of the political and physical features of the Earth's surface in order to organize information about people, places, and environments.
7.1.5 Integrate visual information, draw conclusions, and make predictions from geographic data; analyze spatial distribution and patterns by interpreting that data as displayed on geographic tools.
7.3.3 Evaluate the impact of a region's major religions, including geographic hearths, major beliefs, customs, and the significance of religion in contemporary societies; explain how religion can both unify or divide people.
7.3.4 Evaluate and summarize the impact of geography on population distribution, density, growth, change, settlement patterns, the availability of resources, and migration, including push and pull factors.
7.3.9 Identify and explain the advantages and disadvantages of traditional market and command economic systems.
7.3.10 Explain the role of government policies in utilizing wealth from natural resources to finance development.
7.3.11 Assess the influence of economic development and distribution of wealth on society.
7.3.12 Distinguish between developed and developing regions using the Human Development Index; analyze data used by geographers, including literacy rate, life expectancy, infant mortality, and per capita income.
Humans and the environment
7.4 The student will analyze the interactions of humans and their environment in the Eastern Hemisphere.
7.4.1 Analyze the impact of climate events, weather patterns and natural disasters on human populations and the environment, resulting in forced migrations, scarcity of consumer goods, economic activities, and loss of life.
7.4.2 Explain how climate change is affecting environments and human populations.
7.4.3 Explain the differences among subsistence, cash crop and commercial agriculture, including the impact on economic development.
7.4.4 Evaluate the effects of human modification of and adaptation to the natural environment through transformation caused by agriculture, the use of modern irrigation methods, industry, demand for energy, and urbanization.
7.4.5 Summarize the role of ecotourism in creating environmental awareness of resources, climate, cultures and wildlife.
7.4.6 Describe the role of citizens as responsible stewards of natural resources and the environment.
Physical and human characteristics of regions
7.5 The student will compare common physical and human characteristics of regions which create identity or uniqueness and influence people's perceptions of the Eastern Hemisphere.
7.5.1 Define the concept of region and explain how and why regions change over time through physical and human processes which operate to modify the Earth's surface.
7.5.2 Describe how cultural diffusion, both voluntary and forced, impacts society.
7.5.3 Explain patterns of global interdependence and world trade, including the impact of changing technology on trade routes.
7.5.4 Explain patterns of global economic interdependence and world trade, focusing on the concepts of balance of trade, supply and demand; compare the economic measurements of productivity, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Gross National Product (GNP).