I Can Objectives 7th Grade Social Studies Standards
I can describe historical events and issues from the perspective of people living at the time in order to avoid evaluating the past in terms of today’s norms and values.
I can explain how the civilizations that developed in Greece and Rome had an enduring impact on later civilizations.
I can explain the lasting legacies of Greek government and law, engineering and technology, art and architecture, literature and history.
I can describe the instrumental role the Greek empire played in the spread of Christianity.
I can explain how the Germanic invasions helped to break up the Roman Empire and set the stage for the development of feudal and manorial systems.
I can explain how later invasions helped establish Mongol dominance in central Asia and led to the destruction of the Byzantine Empire by the Turks.
I can explain how the Mongol influence led to unified states in China and Korea, but the Mongol failure to conquer Japan allowed a feudal system to persist.
I can explain how the spread of Islam made lasting legacies on later civilizations.
I can explain how achievements in medicine, science, mathematics, and geography by the Islamic civilization dominated most of the Mediterranean after the decline of the Roman Empire.
I explain how these achievements were introduced into Western Europe as a result of the Muslim conquests, Crusades, and trade, influencing the European Renaissance.
I can explain how the Renaissance in Europe introduced revolutionary ideas, leading to cultural, scientific, and social changes.
I can explain how the Reformation introduced changes in religion including the emergence of Protestant faiths and a decline in the political power and social influence of the Roman Catholic Church.
I can explain how Empire grew as commercial and cultural centers along trade routes.
I can explain how the advent of trans-Saharan slave trade had profound effects on both West Central Africa and the receiving societies.
I can explain how European economic and cultural influence dramatically increased through explorations, conquests, and colonization.
I can explain how the Colombian exchange between previously unconnected parts of the world reshaped societies in ways still evident today.
I can use maps and graphic organizers to trace the development of human settlement from past to present.
I can explain or describe how geographic factors promote or impede the movement of people, products, and ideas.
I can explain how trade routes connect Africa, Europe, and Asia and foster the spread of technology and major world religions.
I can explain and describe how improvements in transportations, communication, and technology have facilitated cultural diffusion among peoples around the world.
I can explain how the ability to understand the individual and the group perspective is essential to analyzing historic and contemporary issues.
I can describe how the Greek democracy and Roman Republic were radical departures from monarchy and theocracy, and therefore, influence the modern function of democratic governments.
I can describe the decline of feudalism, and how consolidation of power resulted in the emergence of nation states.
I can explain why individuals, governments and businesses must analyze costs and benefits when making economic decisions.
I can describe how a cost-benefit analysis consists of determining the potential costs and benefits of an action.
I can explain how the variability in the distribution of productive resources in the various regions of the world contributed to specialization, trade, and interdependence.
I can explain how the growth of cities and empires fostered the growth of markets.
I can explain how market exchanges encouraged specialization and the transition from barter to monetary economies. Ancient China, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, West Africa, Imperial China, Japan, Renaissance and Reformation, Americas, the Modern Age.