Grade seven features history as the lead discipline with a strong secondary emphasis on citizenship and government. The interdisciplinary “Studies” approach is further enhanced with important economics and geography content that round out the study of United States history. Students learn about people, issues and events of significance to this nation’s history from 1800 to the current era of globalization. They examine the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court decisions for their lasting impact on the American people, economy and governance structure. Students study civics and economic principles in depth, drawing connections between these disciplines and history to explain the impact of various policies on how people lived, worked and functioned in society. They create and use detailed maps of places in the United States and conduct historical inquiry on a topic in the nation’s history. (MDE Social Studies Standards – 2011)
Topics covered in humanities emphasis the following fundamental concepts
v Holistic – Emphasis will be placed on links between social studies and other discipline, providing a global view of situations and issues.
v Intercultural – Students will be encouraged to consider multiple perspectives when learning about the United States, and exploring current issues.
v Communication – Students will explore multiple forms of communication to reflect and express their points of view as they relate to different cultures and ideas.