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 Unit Details

Unit Title
North America
Unit Number
7WG1
Course
Seventh Grade World Geography
Content Area
Social Studies
Description
This unit focuses on acquiring the skills associated with geographic concepts, North American geography, and the structure and role of government.
Students will evaluate the levels of government by analyzing the various forms of limited governments.
Timeline
8 Day(s)
Enduring Understandings
Understand that human-environmental interaction affects where and how people live.
Understand that citizens shape government and public policy.
Understand that the powers and limits of limited government affect the relationship between citizens and their government.
Understand that the earth/sun relationship affects climate.
Understand that geographical representations are used to explain cultural and environmental characteristics.



Essential Questions
What are the roles of citizens in government and how do those roles affect public policy?
How do the powers and limits of the three branches of government of the US affect the relationship between citizens and their government?
How do geographers use representations to explain relationships between environmental and cultural characteristics?
How do various arguments show point of view?


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Standard
Standard Component
  
 Explain how a question represents key ideas in the field.
  
Explain points of agreement experts have about interpretations and applications of disciplinary concepts and ideas associated with a compelling question.
  
Explain points of agreement experts have about interpretations and applications of disciplinary concepts and ideas associated with a supporting question.
  
Explain how the relationship between supporting questions and compelling questions is mutually reinforcing.
ECO
  
Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of views represented in the sources.
  
Distinguish the powers and responsibilities of citizens, political parties, interest groups, and the media in a variety of governmental and nongovernmental contexts.
  
Explain the relevance of personal interests and perspectives, civic virtues, and democratic principles when people address issues and problems in government and civil society.
  
Assess specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) as means of addressing public problems.
  
Examine the origins, purposes, and impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreements.
  
Explain the powers and limits of the three branches of government, public officials, and bureaucracies at different levels in the United States and in other countries.
  
Apply civic virtues and democratic principles in school and community settings.
ECO
  
Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
  
Explain barriers to trade and how those barriers influence trade among nations.
  
Analyze the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in a market economy.
  
Construct maps to represent and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
ECO
  
Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
  
Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
ECO
  
Analyze the combinations of cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from other places.
  
Explain how the physical and human characteristics of places and regions are connected to human identities and cultures.
  
Present adaptations of arguments and explanations on topics of interest to others to reach audiences and venues outside the classroom using print and oral technologies (e.g., posters, essays, letters, debates, speeches, reports, and maps) and digital technologies (e.g., Internet, social media, and digital documentary).
  
  
Standard
Standard Component
  
Explain specific roles played by citizens (such as voters, jurors, taxpayers, members of the armed forces, petitioners, protesters, and office-holders).
ECO
  
Describe the roles of political, civil, and economic organizations in shaping people's lives.
  
Use paper based and electronic mapping and graphing techniques to represent and analyze spatial patterns of different environmental and cultural characteristics.
  
Identify evidence that draws information from multiple sources to support claims, noting evidentiary limitations.
ECO
  
Construct arguments using claims and evidence from multiple sources, while acknowledging the strengths and limitations of the arguments.