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1 Seventh Grade, Social Studies, Quarter 1 The Fall and Legacy of Rome and the Early Modern World Civilizations of Africa, China, and the Islamic World: Students analyze the legacy of the Roman Empire and the consequences of the fall of the Roman Empire. Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations in Africa, China, and the Islamic World. Students will also make connections of which civilizations influence the United States today in our form of government, architecture, and language. Students will also analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilizations. On-Going Standards On-Going I Can Statements Honor the U.S. Constitution and recognize its significance and purpose. Constitution Day-September 17 th Federal Mandate 36 U.S. Code 106 Analyze various historical sources effectively, including: Primary sources Texts Political cartoons Maps Songs Movies Recordings I can honor the U.S. Constitution and recognize its significance on Constitution Day. I can recognize the role of the Magna Carta in developing our Constitution and the growing understanding of natural rights. I can analyze historical primary sources, texts, political cartoons, maps, songs, movies and recordings effectively. I can investigate and discover historical facts and make connections that impact my life today. Use technology effectively and appropriately to enhance the learning and develop 21 st century learners. I can think in creative and innovative ways using technology to communicate and collaborate, research and solve problems in an appropriate manner to learn history and geography. Page 1 of 5

2 Tennessee State Standards *NOTE: Teacher s Discretion Review government and economic systems, citizenship concept; Judaism and Christianity religions, and the Roman Empire from 6 th grade curriculum. [1 ½ to 2 weeks suggested] Fall of Rome Standards 7.SS.1 Analyze the legacy of the Roman Empire. 7.WCS.SS.1 Read Eusebius of Caesarea Ecclesiastical History to describe Constantine. Student Friendly I Can Statements The Fall of the Roman Empire I can develop a graphic organizer to analyze the legacy of the Roman Empire. I can describe the importance of Constantine s conversion to Christianity and Constantinople by analyzing Ecclesiastical History. I can identify the consequences of the fall of the Roman Empire. 7.SS.2 Summarize the consequences of the fall of the Roman Empire including the continuation of the Eastern Roman Empire as the Byzantine Empire, Justinian and the significance of Constantinople. Islamic World Standards 7.SS.3 Identify the physical location and features and the climate of the Arabian Peninsula, its relationship to surrounding bodies of land and water, including Northern Africa, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, Nile River. 7.SS.4 Describe the expansion of Muslim rule through conquests and the spread of cultural diffusion of Islam and the Arabic language. 7.SS.5 Trace the origins of Islam and the life and teachings of Muhammad, including Islam s historical connections to Judaism and Christianity. I can integrate the consequences of the fall of Rome into future empires and leaders. Islam World [AD s] I can create and label a map identifying the major physical features, climate and bodies of water surrounding the Arabian Peninsula including Northern Africa, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, and the Nile River. I can describe the expansion on Muslim rule through the Arabic region by conquests and the spread of Islam and the Arabic language. I can identify the basic tenants and founder of Islam and compare them to Judaism and Christianity. Page 2 of 5

3 7.SS.6 Explain the significance of the Qur an and the Sunnah as the primary sources of Islamic beliefs, practice, and law and their influence in Muslims daily life. 7.SS.7 Analyze the origins and impact of different sects within Islam, Sunnis and Shi ites. 7.SS.8 Examine and summarize the contributions Muslim scholars made to later civilizations in the areas of science, geography, mathematics, philosophy, medicine, art, and literature. 7.SS.9 Describe the establishment of trade routes among Asia, Africa, and Europe and the role of merchants in Arab society. 7.SS.10 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources to examine the art and architecture, including the Taj Mahal during the Mughal period. 7.SS.11 Explain the importance of Mehmed II the Conqueror and Suleiman the Magnificent. 7.SS.12 Write an explanatory text to describe the Shāh Abbās and how his policies of cultural blending led to the Golden Age and the rise of the Safavid Empire. Africa Standards 7.SS.13 Analyze the growth of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai kingdoms including trading centers such as Timbuktu and Jenne, which would later develop into centers of culture and learning. I can explain the significance of the writings of Islam by creating a graphic organizer comparing Muslims daily life to Islamic beliefs, practices and laws. I create a chart showing the origins, impact, similarities and differences between Sunnis and Shi ites. I can summarize the contributions of Muslim scholars in philosophy, medicine, literature, and architecture, including: The Thousand and One Nights Arabic numerals/concept of zero calligraphy I can identify major trade routes through the Middle East, Africa and Europe on a map. I can interpret the role merchants had on Arab society. I can research and examine the art and architecture of the Mughal period including the Taj Mahal. I can create a multimedia presentation on the historical role of Mehmed II and Suleiman the Magnificent. I can write an explanatory piece to describe the Golden Age of Islam and the influence of Shāh Abbās and rise of the Safavid Empire. Africa [AD s] I can analyze the growth of African trading centers into hubs of culture and learning. Page 3 of 5

4 7.SS.14 Draw evidence from informational texts to describe the role of the trans-saharan caravan trade in the changing religious and cultural characteristics of West Africa and the influence of Islamic beliefs, ethics, and law. 7.SS.15 Examine the importance of written and oral traditions in the transmission of African history and culture. 7.SS.16 Analyze the importance of family, labor specialization, and regional commerce in the development of states and cities in West Africa. 7.SS.17 Explain the importance of Mansa Musa and locate his pilgrimage to Mecca in SS.18 Compare the indigenous religious practices observed by early Africans before and after contact with Islam and Christianity. 7.WCS.SS.4 Analyze primary source excerpts from Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali. China Standards 7.SS.19 Create a visual or multimedia display to identify the physical location and major geographical features of China including the Yangtze River, Yellow River, Himalayas, Plateau of Tibet, and the Gobi Desert. 7.SS.20 Describe the reunification of China under the Tang Dynasty and reasons for the cultural diffusion of Buddhism. 7.SS.21 Analyze the role of kinship and Confucianism in maintaining I can use evidence from informational texts to describe how the culture of West Africa changed via the trans-saharan caravan trade route. I can examine the importance of written and oral traditions in teaching and preserving African history and culture. I can analyze the importance of family, labor specialization, and regional commerce in the development of states and cities in West Africa. I can explain the importance of Mansa Musa and track his pilgrimage to Mecca. I can analyze and draw from primary sources of how the Mali Empire recovers from war and returns to prosperity by trans-saharan Caravan trading in the cultural characteristics of West Africa. I can explain the value of oral history as preferred by early Africans by analyzing an excerpt of Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali. China [AD s] I can create a visual or multimedia display to identify the Yangtze River, Yellow River, Himalayas, Plateau of Tibet and the Gobi Desert. I can describe the reunification of China under the Tang Dynasty and reasons for the cultural diffusion of Buddhism. I can explain the role of kinship and Confucianism in maintaining order Page 4 of 5

5 order and hierarchy. 7.SS.22 Summarize the significance of the rapid agricultural, commercial, and technological development during the Song Dynasties. 7.SS.23 Trace the spread of Chinese technology to other parts of Asia, the Islamic world, and Europe including papermaking, wood-block printing, the compass and gunpowder. 7.SS.24 Describe and locate the Mongol conquest of China including Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan. 7.SS.25 Engage effectively in a collaborative discussion describing the development of the imperial state and the scholar-official class [Neo- Confucianism]. 7.SS.26 Draw evidence from informational texts to analyze the contributions made during the Ming Dynasty such as building projects, including the Forbidden City and the reconstruction of the Great Wall, isolationism, and sea voyages. and hierarchy by analyzing an excerpt of Analects. I can summarize the significance of the rapid agricultural, commercial, and technological development during the Song Dynasties. I can trace the spread of Chinese technology to other parts of Asia, the Islamic World, and Europe including papermaking, wood-block printing, the compass and gunpowder. I can describe and locate the Mongol conquest of China including Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan. I can engage effectively in a collaborative discussion describing the development of the imperial state and the scholar-official class [Neo- Confucianism]. I can draw evidence from informational texts to analyze the Ming Dynasty including building projects, the Forbidden City and the reconstruction of the Great Wall, isolationism and sea voyages. Page 5 of 5

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