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Seventh Grade

Seventh grade students in the Cambridge Public Schools explore World History, Philosophy, and Religion. At the end of the seventh grade, students will be able to:

  • Describe the contributions of a range of civilizations, including Middle Eastern, West African, Indian, Chinese, and Roman.
  • Explain the impact of religion and philosophy on history and culture.
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources to understand the author’s purpose.
  • Write essays with clear arguments and ample historical evidence.
  • Conduct historical research projects that draw on several sources.
Units of Study Year-long Essential Questions
Introduction - Identity
What do we believe and why?

Why should we learn people’s stories?

How do our beliefs shape our actions?
Islam to 1500
West Africa
Indian Civilizations: Hinduism and Buddhism
Chinese Civilizations: Confucianism, Legalism and Daoism
Judaism and Ancient Israel
Christianity and Ancient Rome

All seventh grade students complete two Document Based Questions (DBQ) essays and a three to five page research paper with multiple sources and MLA citations.