Social Studies Worksheets and Study Guides Seventh Grade. The United States Constitution

The resources above correspond to the standards listed below:

Nevada Standards

NV.C13.0. Citizenship and the Law - Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens. At a minimum, students will maintain previous content and attain the following:
C13.[6-8].7. Define and explain popular sovereignty and the need for citizen involvement at all levels of U.S. government.
Rules & Law
C13.[6-8].3. Describe the significance of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as foundations of U.S. democracy.
C13.[6-8].4. Describe how the Nevada and U.S. Constitution serve as devices for preserving state and national principles and as vehicles for change, including the amendment process.
NV.C14.0. The Federal System: U.S., State, and Local Governments - Students understand the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments. At a minimum, students will maintain previous content and attain the following:
C14.[6-8].2. Give examples of governmental powers, i.e., the power to tax, declare war, and issue drivers’ licenses, that are distributed between the national and state governments.
C14.[6-8].3. Explain how the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution defines the relationship between national and state governments.
Governmental Structures
C14.[6-8].5. Explain the functions of the three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) as found in the U.S. and Nevada Constitutions.
C14.[6-8].6. Explain the system of checks and balances and the principle of limited powers in the design of the U.S. Constitution.
NV.CC.RH.6-8. Reading Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
Craft and Structure
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.
RH.6-8.5. Describe how a text presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, causally).
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
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.
NV.H2.0. Nation Building and Development - Students understand the people, events, ideas, and conflicts that lead to the evolution of nations, empires, distinctive cultures, and political and economic ideas. At a minimum, students will maintain previous content and attain the following:
United States & Nevada: Constitutional America
H2.[6-8].11. Explain the issues involved in the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the new government it established.
H2.[6-8].12. Identify the individual and states rights protected by the Bill of Rights and their continuing significance.
United States & Nevada: Nationalism
H2.[6-8].13. Evaluate the influence of individuals in the building of a national identity, i.e., Pontiac, George Washington, and Abigail Adams.
NV.H3.0. Social Responsibility & Change - Students understand how social ideas and individual action lead to social, political, economic, and technological change. At a minimum, students will maintain previous content and attain the following:
United States & Nevada: Reconstruction
H3.[6-8].9. Identify the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution and explain their impact on the expansion of human rights.
NV.S1.0. Social Studies Skills - As students become increasingly sophisticated and informed thinkers, they are provided opportunities to develop and apply skills that enhance critical thinking processes by developing and applying 21st Century Skills.
Content Literacy
S1.[6-8].1. Read texts by using reading strategies (i.e., prior knowledge, key vocabulary words, context clues, main ideas, supporting details, and text features: pictures, maps, text boxes).
S1.[6-8].2. Read to identify cause and effect relationships, compare and contrast information, fact v. opinion, and author bias.
S1.[6-8].3. Apply reading and writing strategies to construct and express knowledge.
S1.[6-8].4. Use reading and writing to respond to historical literature.

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