Illinois Standards 7th Grade Social Studies Activities
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IL.14. Political Systems: Understand political systems, with an emphasis on the United States.
14.A. Understand and explain basic principles of the United States government.
14.A.3. Describe how responsibilities are shared and limited by the United States and Illinois Constitutions and significant court decisions.
14.B. Understand the structures and functions of the political systems of Illinois, the United States and other nations.
14.B.3. Identify and compare the basic political systems of Illinois and the United States as prescribed in their constitutions.
14.C. Understand election processes and responsibilities of citizens.
14.C.3. Compare historical issues involving rights, roles and status of individuals in relation to municipalities, states and the nation.
14.D. Understand the roles and influences of individuals and interest groups in the political systems of Illinois, the United States and other nations.
14.D.3. Describe roles and influences of individuals, groups and media in shaping current Illinois and United States public policy (e.g., general public opinion, special interest groups, formal parties, media).
14.E. Understand United States foreign policy as it relates to other nations and international issues.
14.E.3. Compare the basic principles of the United States and its international interests (e.g., territory, environment, trade, use of technology).
14.F. Understand the development of United States political ideas and traditions.
14.F.3a. Analyze historical influences on the development of political ideas and practices as enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Illinois Constitution.
14.F.3b. Describe how United States political ideas and traditions were instituted in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
IL.15. Economics: Understand economic systems, with an emphasis on the United States.
15.A. Understand how different economic systems operate in the exchange, production, distribution and consumption of goods and services.
15.A.3a. Explain how market prices signal producers about what, how and how much to produce.
15.A.3c. Describe the relationship between consumer purchases and businesses paying for productive resources.
15.A.3d. Describe the causes of unemployment (e.g., seasonal fluctuation in demand, changing jobs, changing skill requirements, national spending).
15.B. Understand that scarcity necessitates choices by consumers.
15.B.3a. Describe the market clearing price of a good or service.
15.B.3b. Explain the effects of choice and competition on individuals and the economy as a whole.
15.C. Understand that scarcity necessitates choices by producers.
15.C.3. Identify and explain the effects of various incentives to produce a good or service.
15.D. Understand trade as an exchange of goods or services.
15.D.3b. Explain how comparative advantage forms the basis for specialization and trade among nations.
15.E. Understand the impact of government policies and decisions on production and consumption in the economy.
15.E.3a. Identify the types of taxes levied by differing levels of governments (e.g., income tax, sales tax, property tax).
15.E.3b. Explain how laws and government policies (e.g., property rights, contract enforcement, standard weights/measurements) establish rules that help a market economy function effectively.
IL.16. History: Understand events, trends, individuals and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States and other nations.
16.A. Apply the skills of historical analysis and interpretation.
16.A.3a. Describe how historians use models for organizing historical interpretation (e.g., biographies, political events, issues and conflicts).
16.A.3b. Make inferences about historical events and eras using historical maps and other historical sources.
16.B. Understand the development of significant political events.
16.B.3b. Local, State, and United States History: Explain how and why the colonies fought for their independence and how the colonists' ideas are reflected in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
16.B.3c. Local, State, and United States History: Describe the way the Constitution has changed over time as a result of amendments and Supreme Court decisions.
16.B.3e. World History: Compare the political characteristics of Greek and Roman civilizations with non-Western civilizations, including the early Han dynasty and Gupta empire, between 500 BCE and 500 CE.
16.B.3f. World History: Identify causes and effects of the decline of the Roman empire and other major world political events (e.g., rise of the Islamic empire, rise and decline of the T'ang dynasty, establishment of the kingdom of Ghana) between 500 CE and 1500 CE.
16.B.3g. World History: Identify causes and effects of European feudalism and the emergence of nation states between 500 CE and 1500 CE.
16.C. Understand the development of economic systems.
16.C.3a. Local, State, and United States History: Describe economic motivations that attracted Europeans and others to the Americas, 1500-1750.
16.C.3b. Local, State, and United States History: Explain relationships among the American economy and slavery, immigration, industrialization, labor and urbanization, 1700-present.
16.C.3c. Local, State, and United States History: Describe how economic developments and government policies after 1865 affected the country's economic institutions including corporations, banks and organized labor.
16.C.3d. World History: Describe major economic trends from 1000 to 1500 CE including long distance trade, banking, specialization of labor, commercialization, urbanization and technological and scientific progress.
16.C.3e. World History: Describe the economic systems and trade patterns of North America, South America and Mesoamerica before the encounter with the Europeans.
16.C.3f. World History: Describe the impact of technology (e.g., weaponry, transportation, printing press, microchips) in different parts of the world, 1500 - present.
16.D. Understand Illinois, United States and world social history.
16.D.3a. Local, State, and United States History: Describe characteristics of different kinds of communities in various sections of America during the colonial/frontier periods and the 19th century.
16.D.3b. Local, State, and United States History: Describe characteristics of different kinds of families in America during the colonial/frontier periods and the 19th century.
16.D.3c. World History: Identify the origins and analyze consequences of events that have shaped world social history including famines, migrations, plagues, slave trading.
16.E. Understand Illinois, United States and world environmental history.
16.E.3b. Local, State, and United States History: Describe how the largely rural population of the United States adapted, used and changed the environment after 1818.
16.E.3c. Local, State, and United States History: Describe the impact of urbanization and suburbanization, 1850 - present, on the environment.
16.E.3d. World History: Describe how the people of the Huang He, Tigris-Euphrates, Nile and Indus river valleys shaped their environments during the agricultural revolution, 4000 - 1000 BCE.
16.E.3e. World History: Explain how expanded European and Asian contacts affected the environment of both continents, 1000 BCE - 1500 CE.
IL.17. Geography: Understand world geography and the effects of geography on society, with an emphasis on the United States.
17.A. Locate, describe and explain places, regions and features on the Earth.
17.A.3a. Explain how people use geographic markers and boundaries to analyze and navigate the Earth (e.g., hemispheres, meridians, continents, bodies of water).
17.A.3b. Explain how to make and use geographic representations to provide and enhance spatial information including maps, graphs, charts, models, aerial photographs, satellite images.
IL.18. Social Systems: Understand social systems, with an emphasis on the United States.
18.C. Understand how social systems form and develop over time.
18.C.3b. Explain how diverse groups have contributed to U.S. social systems over time.
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