Seventh Grade

In this course, 7th graders will explore some of the belief systems that have impacted human societies around the world. Throughout the year, they will consider how different people live and reflect on how groups of people can live together. The course begins with a short exploration of identity and then delves into the tenets of the major monotheistic religions. Students follow the spread of Islam from the Middle East to West Africa and consider the role of cultural diffusion and religious syncretism in this region. Students then examine the philosophies of Asia, beginning with Hinduism and Buddhism. They follow the expansion of Buddhism into China, and compare and contrast this belief system with Confucianism and Daoism, while exploring the role of syncretism. Students then investigate Mesoamerican civilizations, focusing on the Aztec. Students use this study to launch a comparative exploration of civics in ancient Greece and Rome, including the philosophical roots of government in the United States.

Units of Study Year-long Essential Questions
Introduction - Identity
Why should we learn people’s stories?

How should I live?

How should we live?

How do our beliefs shape our actions?

Monothestic Religions in the Middle East
West African
Asian Civilizations: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Daoism
Mesoamerican Civilizations
Greek and Roman Civilization

All seventh grade students complete one Document Based Questions (DBQ) essay, several shorter writing assignments, and a research project with multiple sources and MLA citations.