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Social Studies-7th Grade- September

Social Studies: Native Americans/Colonial Developments


7. 1 Native Americans: Roots of the American People

  • Early people spread across the Americas and eventually built great civilizations.
  • Peoples of North America developed a wide variety of cultures.
  • A complex trade network linked Africa, Asia, and Europe.
  • Traditions that came to the Americas from Europe included Judaism, Christianity, and Greek and Roman ideas about government.

7.2 Colonial Developments: Europe Looks Outward

  • The search for a water route to Asia led to the European discovery of two continents and the exchange of resources between the Eastern and the Western Hemispheres.
  • The Spanish established an extensive empire in the Americas and created a colonial society with a rigid class structure.
  • European economic and religious conflicts quickly spilled over into North America, leading France, Holland, and England to finance explorations there.
  • Prosperous French and Dutch colonies in North America often interacted with Native Americans.

Native Americans:  Roots of the American People

How did the colonists with strong roots in the past, develop their own way of life?

  • How did early civilizations develop in the Americas?
  • How did geography influence the development of cultures in North America?
  • How did trade link Europe, Africa, and Asia?
  • What major influences shaped European civilizations?

Colonial Developments:  Europe Looks Outward

What were the causes and effects of European exploration of the Americas?

  • How did a search for a water route to Asia affect both Europe and the Americas?
  • How did Spain establish an empire in the Americas?
  • How did conflicts in Europe spur exploration in North America?
  • What impact did the establishment of French and Dutch colonies in North America have on Native Americans?
(1) SS.7.1 NATIVE AMERICANS: The physical environment and natural resources of North America influenced the development of the first human settlements and the culture of Native Americans. Native American societies varied across North America.
(1) SS.7.2 COLONIAL DEVELOPMENTS: European exploration of the New World resulted in various interactions with Native Americans and in colonization. The American colonies were established for a variety of reasons and developed differently based on economic, social, and geographic factors. Colonial America had a variety of social structures under which not all people were treated equally.
(1) SS.I.1 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
(1) SS.I.2 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.
(1) SS.I.3 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live—local, national, and global—including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.
(1) SS.I.4 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of how the United States and other societies develop economic systems and associated institutions to allocate scarce resources, how major decision-making units function in the United States and other national economies, and how an economy solves the scarcity problem through market and non-market mechanisms.

College, Career, and Civil Life (C3) Skills

Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries

  • D1.1.6-8. Explain how a question represents key ideas in the field.

Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools

  • Civics D2.Civ.9.6-8. Compare deliberative processes used by a wide variety of groups in various settings.
  • Economics D2.Civ.14.6-8. Explain barriers to trade and how those barriers influence trade among nations.
  • Geography D2.Geo.5.6-8. Analyze the combinations of cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from other places.
  • History D2.His.1.6-8. Analyze connections among events and developments in broader historical contexts.

Dimension 3:Evaluating Sources & Using Evidence

  • Evaluate the credibility of a source by determining its relevance and intended use.

Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions & Taking Informed Action

  • D4.4.6-8. Critique arguments for credibility.


National Council for the Social Studies: Essential Skills for Social Studies

  • Use chapter and section headings, topic sentences, and summary sentences to select main ideas
  • Use picture, clues and picture captions to aid comprehension
  • Use context clues to gain meaning
  • Use appropriate sources to gain meaning of essential terms and vocabulary: glossary, dictionary, text, word lists
  • Follow directions
  • Use various parts of a book (index, table of contents, etc.)
  • Listen for information
  • Use map and globe reading skills
  • Locate places on a map
  • Compare maps and make inferences
  • Note cause and effect relationships
  • Form a simple organization of key ideas related to a topic



7. 1 Native Americans: Roots of the American People

  • geography
  • political map
  • physical map
  • natural resource map
  • demographic map
  • primary source
  • secondary source
  • glacier
  • irrigation
  • surplus
  • civilization
  • culture
  • culture area
  • kayak
  • potlatch
  • adobe
  • clan
  • sachem
  • navigation
  • monotheism
  • democracy
  • republic
  • feudalism

7.2 Colonial Developments: Europe Looks Outward

  • strait
  • circumnavigate
  • conquistador
  • plantation
  • ecomienda
  • mission
  • peninsular
  • mercantalism
  • northwest passage
  • coureur de bois
  • alliance


  • Do Now Questions
  • Socrative Entrance/Exit Ticket
  • Interactive Reading
  • Polls
  • Discussion/Debate
  • Group Activities
  • J. Dodge Differentiated Activities
  • Map Quiz
  • Primary Source Documents
  • Constructed Response Questions
  • Quizzes
  • Chapter Test


25 Quick Formative Assessments-Judy Dodge

America: History of our Nation -Prentice Hall

Encounter -Jane Yolen



Poll Everywhere

Explorers Who Got Lost- Diane Sansevere Dreher

The Explorer's Gazette- Melissa Hechscher and Mark Shulman

Common Core Standards for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies- Text Exemplar- Hamilton, Virginia. "The People Could Fly." The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales.

Four Square Vocabulary

Inuit Reading Comprehension




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