Washington State K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards — Grade 7


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7.1.1.1

Understands how key ideals set forth in fundamental documents, including the Washington State Constitution and tribal treaties; define the goals of our state.

7.1.1.2

Analyzes the relationship between the actions of people in Washington State and the ideals outlined in the State Constitution.

7.1.2.1

Understands and analyzes the structure, organization, and powers of government at the local, state, and tribal levels, including the concept of tribal sovereignty.

7.1.2.3

Understands various forms of government and their effects on the lives of people in the past or present. Examples: Compares the effects of theocracy on the lives of people in the Islamic Caliphate and the Mayan Kingdom. Compares and contrasts the effects of feudalism on the lives of people in medieval Europe and Japan. Suggested Unit: WorldMajor Societies (6001450)

7.1.3.1

Analyzes how international agreements have affected Washington State in the past or present.

7.1.4.1

Understands the effectiveness of different forms of civic involvement.

7.2.1.1

Analyzes the importance of financial literacy in making economic choices related to spending, saving, and investing.

7.2.2.1

Analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods, services, and resources in societies from the past or in the present.

7.2.2.2

Understands and analyzes how the forces of supply and demand have affected international trade in Washington State in the past or present.

7.2.3.1

Understands and analyzes the role of government in the economy of Washington State through taxation, spending, and policy setting in the past or present.

7.2.4.1

Understands and analyzes the distribution of wealth and sustainability of resources in Washington State.

7.3.1.1

Analyzes maps and charts from a specific time period to analyze an issue or event.

7.3.1.2

Understands how human spatial patterns have emerged from natural processes and human activities in the past or present.

7.3.2.1

Understands and analyzes how the environment has affected people and how people have affected the environment in Washington State in the past or present.

7.3.2.2

Understands examples of cultural diffusion in the world from the past or in the present.

7.3.2.3

Understands the role of immigration in shaping societies in the past or present.

7.3.3.1

This component is addressed in grades 3, 4, 6, and 8 12.

7.4.1.1

Analyzes a major historical event and how it is represented on timelines from different cultural perspectives.

7.4.1.2

Understands how themes and developments have defined eras in Washington State and world history by:

7.4.2.1

Understands and analyzes how individuals and movements have shaped Washington State or world history.

7.4.2.2

Understands and analyzes how cultures and cultural groups contributed to Washington State or world history.

7.4.2.3

Understands and analyzes how technology and ideas have impacted Washington State or world history.

7.4.3.1

Analyzes and interprets historical materials from a variety of perspectives in Washington State or world history.

7.4.3.2

Analyzes multiple causal factors that shape major events in Washington State or world history.

7.4.4.1

Analyzes how an event in Washington State or world history helps us to understand a current issue.

7.5.1.1

Understands evidence supporting a position on an issue or event.

7.5.1.2

Evaluates the breadth of evidence supporting positions on an issue or event.

7.5.2.1

Creates and uses research questions to guide inquiry on an issue or event.

7.5.2.2

Evaluates the breadth of primary and secondary sources and analyzes notes to determine the need for additional information while researching an issue or event.

7.5.3.1

Analyzes and responds to multiple viewpoints on public issues brought forth in the context of a discussion.

7.5.4.1

Analyzes multiple factors, makes generalizations, and interprets primary sources to formulate a thesis in a paper or presentation.

7.5.4.2

Creates annotated bibliography or works cited page using an appropriate format.

7.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

7.RH.6-8.10

By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

7.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

7.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

7.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

7.RH.6-8.5

Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).

7.RH.6-8.6

Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).

7.RH.6-8.7

Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

7.RH.6-8.8

Distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.

7.RH.6-8.9

Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.

7.WHST.6-8.1

Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

7.WHST.6-8.10

Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

7.WHST.6-8.1a

Introduce claim(s) about a topic or issue, acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.

7.WHST.6-8.1b

Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of the topic or text, using credible sources.

7.WHST.6-8.1c

Use words, phrases, and clauses to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

7.WHST.6-8.1d

Establish and maintain a formal style.

7.WHST.6-8.1e

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.

7.WHST.6-8.2

Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

7.WHST.6-8.2a

Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpose; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

7.WHST.6-8.2b

Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

7.WHST.6-8.2c

Use appropriate and varied transitions to create cohesion and clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.

7.WHST.6-8.2d

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

7.WHST.6-8.2e

Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone.

7.WHST.6-8.2f

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented.

7.WHST.6-8.3

(See note; not applicable as a separate requirement)

7.WHST.6-8.3a

Note: Students' narrative skills continue to grow in these grades. The Standards require that students be able to incorporate narrative elements effectively into arguments and informative/explanatory texts. In history/social studies, students must be able to incorporate narrative accounts into their analyses of individuals or events of historical import.

7.WHST.6-8.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

7.WHST.6-8.5

With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed.

7.WHST.6-8.6

Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.

7.WHST.6-8.7

Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

7.WHST.6-8.8

Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

7.WHST.6-8.9

Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.