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1 IB MYP Humanities (Social Studies) Level: 2 (7 th Grade) Upper St. Clair School District Fort Couch Middle School International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Mr. Thomas Fort Couch Road Pittsburgh, PA Telephone: (412) x3236 I. DESCRIPTION IB MYP Humanities curriculum encourages students to understand the world, and to provide a foundation of skills for further study. Students will develop knowledge and conceptual understanding along with research skills, the ability to analyze, interpret and communicate. The curriculum focuses on history, geography, politics, economics, technology and culture. Throughout this course students will work toward developing the qualities of the IB Learner Profile through the course curriculum. IB Learners strive to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective. A strong emphasis will be placed on the MYP fundamental concepts. Holistic- Holistic learning connects the class topics and provides a global view of issues. Holistic learning allows students to become aware that knowledge is an interrelated whole and the relevance of learning. Intercultural- Intercultural awareness focuses on developing students skills, knowledge and skills as they learn about other cultures. Examining multiple perspectives helps to foster respect and tolerance. Communication- Communication supports inquiry and understanding and is fundamental to student expression and reflection. Language acquisition is emphasized and allows students to explore many forms of expression. II. MYP AIMS ADDRESSED BY THIS COURSE I can develop an inquiring mind. I can develop the skills necessary for the effective study of humanities. I can achieve a sense of time and place. I can respect and understand others perspectives, values and attitudes. I can become aware and understand people, cultures and events in a variety of places at different times. I can understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies, and their environments. I can understand the causes and consequences of change through physical and human actions and processes. I can understand contemporary humanities issues. I can develop a sense of intercultural awareness and a desire to be proactive as a responsible global citizen. I can develop an awareness of the connections with other subjects. I can develop a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of humanities.

2 PA STATE CONTENT STANDARDS COVERED 1. Explain the structure of the feudal system 2. Explain the appeal of life in medieval cities for different groups in medieval society 3. Explain how the crusades were a product of Middle Ages life 4. Explain the decline of feudalism and the importance of the Magna Carta 5. Explain how the renaissance brought Europe from the Middle Ages to the formation of enlightened nation state 6. Discuss some of the factors that spurred Europeans interest in exploring (latitude and longitude) 7. Tell how European demand for products from the far east encouraged exploration 8. Assess the role of religion in spurring exploration 9. Discuss Columbus goals in sailing westward 10. Describe early European explorations and colonization in North America 11. Explain how the European colonization affected Native Americans 12. Describe how representative government took route in Virginia 13. Describe the settlement patterns, economic activities government structure and religious patterns of the New England, Middle and Southern Colonies 14. Describe the reasons that Spain, France and England competed for land in North America 15. Explain the role that Native Americans played in the struggle between England and France 16. Explain the causes of the French and Indian War in North America 17. Describe the reasons for England s success in the war 18. Describe how the financial impact of the French and Indian War lead to the Revolutionary War 19. Describe how the colonists protested the British taxes and the British response (Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre) 20. Describe the events and circumstances that led to the Battle of Lexington and Concord 21. Describe the advantages and disadvantages the British and the Colonists had going into the war. 22. Describe the influence of the pamphlet Common Sense 23. Explain the key ideas and basic philosophy of the Declaration of Independence 24. Explain and identify the significance of key battles during the war. 25. Describe the reasons that the colonists were able to defeat the British forces. 26. Explain the similarities and differences between different government styles (monarchy, democracy, socialism, communism, anarchy) 27. Explain the structure, weaknesses, strengths, successes Des and demise of the Articles of Confederation. 28. Describe the process used to create a new government 29. Explain the conflicts and compromises of the constitutional convention 30. Explain the structure and philosophy that guides the constriction 31. Explain the protections guaranteed by the first ten amendments to the constitution (Bill of Rights) 32. Define the duties, responsibilities and limitations of each branch of government. 33. Explain the rights and responsibilities of a citizen in a Democracy. 34. Identify and explain the American economy s basic elements of free choice, private ownership, and competition and profit motive. 35. List and describe the advantages that a competitive free market system has in providing more and better products a reasonable cost. 36. List and describe the participants of the American economy as the consumer, producer and government and explain how the participants respond to supply and demand. 37. Describe how people respond to unlimited wants and limited resources (scarcity) 38. Explain how supply and demand determine production and pricing of a product and levels of employment. 39. Describe the importance of the Mississippi River to the developing American economy. 40. Describe how the United States gained the Louisiana Territory

3 41. Identify the achievement of the Lewis and Clark expedition. 42. Describe the advances in technology and transportation that allowed for increased movement westward (steamboats, roads, canals, railroad) 43. Describe how Americas increased international presence lead to further land expansion 44. Explain how conflicts among the states were dealt with during the Jackson presidency. 45. Explain how increased American expansion led to increased conflict with Native Americans 46. Describe the tactics used by Native Americans to deal with increased contact with American settlers. 47. Describe the hardships encountered by settlers as they moved west 48. Explain the reasons that many Americans moved west 49. Define Manifest Destiny and explain the tactics used by the United States government to fulfill this idea. 50. Explain the contributions of various ethnic groups to Americas westward expansion 51. Explain how the addition of new states created tension and conflicts between states in the north and states in the south 52. Describe the political compromises that were designed to curb the north south tension. 53. Identify specific events that increased tension among the states and ultimately lead to the Civil War 54. Explain the reasons and philosophy behind the secession. 55. Explain how the lifestyle/economies in the North and South translated into advantages and disadvantages during the Civil War. 56. Describe the military and political tactics and strategies used by the Union and Confederacy to win the war. 57. Identify and explain the significance of the key battles during the war. 58. Describe the Post-War problems and early solutions 59. Identify the different steps in the reconstruction of the south 60. Describe the lasting impact of the first industrial revolution 61. Explain how the completion of the transcontinental railroad allowed for greater industrial growth. 62. Explain the expansion of the steel industry following the Civil War 63. Explain how Pittsburgh s geography and natural resources allowed for great Industrial growth following the Civil War 64. Identify and explain the contributions of famous Pittsburgh industrialists: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, H.J Heinz, George Westinghouse, and Andrew Mellon. 65. Define a monopoly and explain the governments attempts to regulate them 66. Explain how new inventions changed life in America. 67. Explain how working conditions during the industrial revolution lead to the formation of Unions. 68. Explain the causes and outcomes of the Homestead Steel Strike. 69. Describe the reason that people left their countries and headed to the United States. 70. Describe the process by which immigrants were accepted into the American culture. 71. Describe how increased growth, industrial development and immigration created problems within the city.

4 111. COURSE UNITS/ROLE OF AREAS OF INTERACTION -- This is a summary of the MYP unit foci that we will connect in our class this year -- Instructional Units Unit AOI focus Assessment Criteria From Dark To Light Middle Ages, Renaissance, Colonization How can new learning change the world? Human Ingenuity Criterion D: Organization and Presentation A Family Breaks Apart Colonization/Revolution What is the best way for me to bring about change? Health and Social Criterion A: Knowledge Bricks and Mortar Government/Economics Growing Pains Westward Expansion, Sectionalism What obligations do I have to my country? How do my choices impact my neighbors and the world? Community & Service Criterion B: Concepts Environment Criterion C: Skills Putting Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrial Revolution How can I best resolve conflict? Health and Social Criterion D: Organization and Presentation IV. MAJOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS/RESOURCES - 1 to 1 Initiative ipad - Ear bud headphones - Textbook The American Nation - BlendedSchools.net - America the History of US V. KEY INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES/APPROACHES TO LEARNING/TYPE The methodology used in the class includes. Active Inquiry Analysis of Primary Source Documents/Artifacts Interpretation of Art/Music Role Playing/Simulation Reading Debate/Discussion

5 VI. FORMATIVE AND SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS USED, INCLUDING MYP ASSESSMENT Students will complete a variety of formative assessments including quizzes, tests, projects, homework, daily work, presentations and work characteristics (behavior, respect, cooperation, following directions, participation, and the ability to work independently). Students will be provided rubrics that were modified from the IB MYP assessment criteria. There will be a final exam after each nine weeks. The overall evaluation will be given by comparing the achievement to the ability level. The evaluation will be O (outstanding), G (good), S (satisfactory), and N (needs improvement).

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