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East Asia: 400-1500s CE

  • Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of China and Japan.

    • 7.01 Identify and locate the geographical features of East Asia, including: China, the Gobi Desert, the Himalayan Mountains, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, the Pacific Ocean, the Plateau of Tibet, the Sea of Japan (East Sea), the Yangtze River, and the Yellow River.

    • 7.02 Describe how the reunification of China prior to the Tang Dynasty helped spread Buddhist beliefs.

    • 7.03 Summarize agricultural, commercial, and technological developments during the Song Dynasties, and describe the role of Confucianism during the Song.

    • 7.04 Examine the rise of the Mongol Empire, including the conquests of Genghis Khan.

    • 7.05 Describe Kublai Khan's conquest of China, and explain how he was able to maintain control of the Yuan Empire.

    • 7.06 Summarize the effects of the Mongolian empires on the Silk Roads, including the importance of Marco Polo's travels on the spread of Chinese technology and Eurasian trade.

    • 7.07 Analyze the achievements of the Ming Dynasty and reasons for its isolationism, including building projects (e.g., the Forbidden City and reconstruction of the Great Wall) and Zheng He's sea voyages.

    • 7.08 Describe the origins and central features of Shintoism: key person(s) (none), sacred texts (no sacred text), and basic beliefs (localized tradition that focuses on ritual practices that are carried out with discipline to maintain connections with ancient past, animism, and Kami.

    • 7.09 Explain how Japanese culture changed through Chinese and Korean influences (including Buddhism and Confucianism) as shown in the Constitution of Prince Shotoku and the adoption of the Chinese writing system.

    • 7.10 Describe how the Heian aristocracy contributed to the development of a Japanese national culture.

    • 7.11 Analyze the rise of a military society in the late 12th century and the role of the shogun and samurai in Japanese society.

Byzantine Empire: 400-1500s CE

  • Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of the Byzantine Empire.

    • 7.12 Identify the continuation of the Eastern Roman Empire as the Byzantine Empire, and describe the diffusion of Christianity and the Latin language.

    • 7.13 Explain the importance of Justinian's political, social, and architectural achievements.

    • 7.14 Analyze the importance of regional geography and the location of Constantinople in maintaining European culture.

Southwest Asia and North Africa: 400-1500s CE

  • Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of Southwest Asia and North Africa.

    • 7.15 Identify and locate the geographical features of Southwest Asia and North Africa, including: the Arabian Peninsula, the Arabian Sea, the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea, the Euphrates River, Mecca, the Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea, and the Tigris River.

    • 7.16 Describe the origins and central features of Islam: key person(s) (Mohammad), sacred texts (The Quran and The Sunnah), and basic beliefs (monotheism and Five Pillars).

    • 7.17 Describe the diffusion of Islam, its culture, and the Arabic language.

    • 7.18 Summarize the contributions of the region's scholars in the areas of: art, geography, literature, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, and science.

    • 7.19 Explain the importance of Mehmed II the Conqueror, the fall of Constantinople, and the establishment of the Ottoman Empire.

    • 7.20 Analyze the development of trade routes throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe and the expanding role of merchants.

West Africa: 400-1500s CE

Middle Ages in Western Europe: 400-1500s CE

  • Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of Europe during the Middle Ages.

    • 7.27 Identify and locate geographical features of Europe, including: the Alps, the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel, the Mediterranean Sea, the influence of the north Atlantic Drift, the North European Plain, and the Ural Mountains.

    • 7.28 Describe the role of monasteries in the preservation of knowledge and spread of the Catholic Church beyond the Alps.

    • 7.29 Explain how Charlemagne shaped and defined medieval Europe, including: his impact on feudalism, the creation of the Holy Roman Empire, and the establishment of Christianity as the religion of the Empire.

    • 7.30 Describe the development of feudalism and manorialism, their role in the medieval European economy, and the way in which they were influenced by physical geography (i.e., the role of the manor and the growth of towns).

    • 7.31 Analyze the Battle of Hastings and the long-term historical impact of William the Conqueror on England and Northern France.

    • 7.32 Describe how political relationships both fostered cooperation and led to conflict between the Papacy and European monarchs.

    • 7.33 Analyze the impact of the Magna Carta, including: limiting the power of the monarch, the rule of law, and the right to trial by jury.

    • 7.34 Analyze the causes, effects, and key people of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Crusades, including: Pope Urban II, Saladin, and Richard I.

    • 7.35 Explain how the Crusades impacted Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations in Europe, with emphasis on the increasing contact with cultures outside Europe.

    • 7.36 Describe the economic and social effects of the spread of the Black Death (i.e., Bubonic Plague) from Central Asia to China, the Middle East, and Europe, and its impact on the global population.

    • 7.37 Analyze the importance of the Black Death on the emergence of a modern economy, including: agricultural improvements, commerce, growth of banking, a merchant class, technological improvements, and towns.

    • 7.38 Describe the significance of the Hundred Years War, including the roles of Henry V in shaping English culture and language and Joan of Arc in promoting a peaceful end to the war.

    • 7.39 Explain the significance of the Reconquista, Inquisition, and the rise of Spanish and Portuguese kingdoms in the Iberian Peninsula.

Early Modern Europe: 1400-1700s CE

  • Students will analyze the origins, accomplishments, and geographic diffusion of the Renaissance as well as the historical developments of the Protestant Reformation and Scientific Revolution.

    • The Renaissance

    • The Protestant Reformation

      • 7.44 Analyze Johannes Gutenberg's printing press and William Tyndale's translation of the Bible into the English language as vehicles for the spread of books, growth of literacy, and dissemination of knowledge.

      • 7.45 Explain the significant causes of the Protestant Reformation, including: the Catholic Church's taxation policies, the selling of indulgences, and Martin Luther's 95 Theses.

      • 7.46 Analyze the development of the Protestant Reformation and the split with the Catholic Church, including: the emphasis on scripture alone, salvation by faith, and predestination.

      • 7.47 Explain the political and religious roles of Henry VIII and Mary I in England's transition between Catholicism and Protestantism.

      • 7.48 Analyze how the Catholic Counter-Reformation emerged as a response to Protestantism and revitalized the Catholic Church, including the significance of: St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Jesuits, and the Council of Trent.

      • 7.49 Examine the Golden Age of the Tudor dynasty (i.e., Queen Elizabeth I), including the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the rise of English power in Europe.

    • The Scientific Revolution

      • 7.5 Compare and contrast heliocentric and geocentric theories of the Greeks (geocentric), Copernicus (heliocentric), and Kepler (elliptical orbits).

      • 7.51 Examine Galileo Galilei's theories and improvement of scientific tools, including the telescope and microscope.

      • 7.52 Explain the significance of the following in regards to the Scientific Revolution: Sir Francis Bacon in establishing the scientific method and Sir Isaac Newton's three Laws of Motion.

Indigenous Civilizations of the Americas: 400-1500s CE

  • Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of indigenous civilizations of the Americas.

    • 7.53 Identify and locate the geographical features of the Americas, including: the Andes Mountains, the Appalachian Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Central Mexican Plateau, the Great Plains, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, North America, the Pacific Ocean, the Rocky Mountains, South America, and the Yucatan Peninsula.

    • 7.54 Explain the impact of geographic features on North American Indian cultures (i.e., Northeast, Southeast, and Plains), including: clothing, housing, and agriculture.

    • 7.55 Describe the existence of diverse networks of North American Indian cultures (within present-day United States) including: varied languages, customs, and economic and political structures.

    • 7.56 Explain the impact of geographic features and climate on the agricultural practices and settlement of the Maya, Aztec, and Incan civilizations.

    • 7.57 Describe the social, economic, and political characteristics of the Maya, Aztec, and Incan civilizations, including: oral traditions, class structures, religious beliefs, slavery, and advancements (e.g., astronomy, mathematics, and calendar).

The Age of Exploration: 1400-1700s CE

  • Students will analyze the motivations for the movement of people from Europe to the Americas and the impact of exploration by Europeans.

    • 7.58 Analyze why European countries were motivated to explore the world, including: religion, political rivalry, and economic gain (i.e., mercantilism).

    • 7.59 Identify the significance of the voyages and routes of discovery of the following explorers by their sponsoring country: England (Henry Hudson), France (Jacques Cartier), Portugal (Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias), and Spain (Christopher Columbus, Hernando de Soto, Ferdinand Magellan, and Amerigo Vespucci).

    • 7.60 Describe Prince Henry the Navigator's influence on exploration, voyages, cartographic improvements, and tools related to exploration (i.e., compass, caravel, astrolabe, and Harrison's chronometer) during the Age of Discovery.

    • 7.61 Locate and identify French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Dutch colonies in the Americas, and explain how religion impacted the location of settlement by each country.

    • 7.62 Describe how the Aztec and Inca empires were eventually defeated by Spanish Conquistadors (i.e., Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro).

    • 7.63 Locate and identify the European regions that remained Catholic and those that became Protestant and how that division affected the distribution of religions in the New World.

    • 7.64 Explain the impact of the Columbian Exchange on people, plants, animals, technology, culture, ideas, and diseases among Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the 15th and 16th centuries, and examine the major economic and social effects on each continent.

    • 7.65 Explain how Spanish colonization introduced Christianity, the mission system, and the encomienda system to the Americas as well as Bartolome de la Casa's role in the transition to African slavery.