06SS7-9 - GRADES 7-9 Overview Students in Grades 7 8 and 9...

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GRADES 7-9 Overview Students in Grades 7, 8, and 9 can be characterized as learners who are enthusiastic, impressionable, and independent. They are developing an interest in personal, national, and global issues and are beginning to see clearer connections between themselves and people and events around the world. In the seventh grade, students express curiosity about how society works and the role they play in their community and the world. They question the balance and differences between rights and responsibilities. They are interested in distant places, their locations, and environments. These issues and others are explored in two one-semester courses in Grade 7. The Citizenship course addresses democracy; liberty; law; personal economics; and local, state, and national civic responsibility. The Geography course addresses physical geography of the world and cultural geography of the Eastern Hemisphere. In Grades 8 and 9, students are engaged in a two-year sequence of courses involving the chronological history of the world. These courses incorporate the strands of economics, geography, history, and political science with an emphasis on the history and geography strands. The content of these courses emphasizes the knowledge and skills necessary for developing a geographic perspective of the world and its people and events. Geography is a strong component of the content for these grades, as students are required to become knowledgeable about the development and diffusion of civilization. Students use geographic tools and technologies to pose and answer questions about spatial distribution and patterns on Earth, use mental maps to answer questions, and compare and map dominant land-use patterns. Effective teachers utilize a variety of classroom instructional techniques and assessment strategies. The classroom environment, activities, assignments, and assessments foster the skills of acquiring information and manipulating data; developing and presenting policies, arguments, and stories; constructing new knowledge; and participating in groups. Technology is used as a component of instruction to enable students to compete in a rapidly changing world. Internet access, computer software, videos, and television programs provide opportunities for students to explore historical as well as geographic concepts. Because understanding contemporary events and relating them to the past are essential to any social studies course, current events is a vital component of the social studies content for Grades 7 through 9. Alabama Course of Study: Social Studies 48
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7 th -Citizenship SEVENTH GRADE Citizenship Students in the seventh grade can be characterized as inquisitive, enthusiastic, and impressionable learners. They are beginning to ask questions about society and the world around them as they expand their ability to analyze and evaluate relationships between ideals and practices. Students confront such questions as: What is civic participation and how can I be involved? What are my rights and
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06SS7-9 - GRADES 7-9 Overview Students in Grades 7 8 and 9...

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