•  Welcome to 7th Grade Civics!

    In this course, students will examine topics, make informed judgments, and apply problem solving skills to address historical, geographical, political, economic, and cultural issues related to civics in the United States and the global arena. Students will utilize historical inquiry to identify and solve problems, work cooperatively to achieve common goals, make connections between historical concepts and current events, connect history and the modern world using computers and other technology, and make historical connections through the research and writing process.

     

    General Topics:

    The seventh grade civics curriculum focuses on the following:

    • the principles, functions, and organization of government
    • the origins of the American political system
    • the roles, rights, and responsibilities of United States citizens
    • methods of active participation in our political systems.

    Students in Civics are expected to master the following standards:

    The Origins of American Government - Standard 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the origins and purposes of government, law, and the American political system.
    SS.7.C.1.1 Recognize how Enlightenment ideas including Montesquieu’s view of separation of powers and John Locke’s theories related to natural law and how Locke’s social contract influenced the Founding Fathers.
    SS.7.C.1.2 Trace the impact that the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower Compact, and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense had on colonists’ views of government.
    Americans Declare Their Independence - Standard 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the origins and purposes of government, law, and the American political system.
    SS.7.C.1.3 Describe how English policies and responses to colonial concerns led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
    SS.7.C.1.4 Analyze the ideas (natural rights, role of the government) and complaints set forth in the Declaration of Independence.
    The Story of Our Constitution  - Standard 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the origins and purposes of government, law, and the American political system.
    SS.7.C.1.5 Identify how the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation led to the writing of the Constitution. 
    SS.7.C.1.7 Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of powers and checks and balances.
    SS.7.C.3.3 Illustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as established in the Constitution.
    A Quick Tour of the Constitution - Standard 3: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government.
    SS.7.C.1.6 Interpret the intentions of the Preamble of the Constitution. 
    SS.7.C.1.7 Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of powers and checks and balances.
    SS.7.C.1.8 Explain the viewpoints of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists regarding the ratification of the Constitution and inclusion of a bill of rights. 
    SS.7.C.1.9 Define the rule of law and recognize its influence on the development of the American legal, political, and governmental systems. 
    Congress:  Legislative Branch- Standard 3: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government.
    SS.7.C.3.3 Illustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as established in the Constitution. 
    SS.7.C.3.8 Analyze the structure, functions, and processes of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
    SS.7.C.3.9 Illustrate the lawmaking process at the local, state, and federal levels. 
    The Presidency:  Executive Branch- Standard 3: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government.
    SS.7.C.3.3 Illustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in Articles I, II, and III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as established in the Constitution. 
    SS.7.C.3.8 Analyze the structure, functions, and processes of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
    SS.7.C.3.9 Illustrate the lawmaking process at the local, state, and federal levels. 
    American Foreign Policy - Standard 4: Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues in world affairs, and evaluate the role and impact of U.S. foreign policy.
    SS.7.C.4.1 Differentiate concepts related to U.S. domestic and foreign policy.
    SS.7.C.4.2 Recognize government and citizen participation in international organizations.
    SS.7.C.4.3 Describe examples of how the United States has dealt with international conflicts.
    The Federal Courts:  Judicial Branch - Standard 3: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government.
    SS.7.C.3.8 Analyze the structure, functions, and processes of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
    SS.7.C.3.9 Illustrate the lawmaking process at the local, state, and federal levels. 
    SS.7.C.3.11 Diagram the levels, functions, and powers of courts at the state and federal levels. 
    May it Please the Court - Standard 3: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government.
    SS.7.C.2.6 Simulate the trial process and the role of juries in the administration of justice.
    SS.7.C.3.12 Analyze the significance and outcomes of landmark Supreme Court cases including, but not limited to, Marbury v. Madison, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, Gideon v. Wainwright, Miranda v. Arizona, In re Gault, Tinker v. Des Moines, Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, United States v. Nixon, and Bush v. Gore.
    Bill of Rights & Later Amendments- Standard 3: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government.
    SS.7.C.2.4 Evaluate rights contained in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution. 
    SS.7.C.2.5 Distinguish how the Constitution safeguards and limits individual rights. 
    SS.7.C.3.5 Explain the constitutional amendment process. 
    SS.7.C.3.6 Evaluate constitutional rights and their impact on individuals and society. 
    SS.7.C.3.7 Analyze the impact of the 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments on participation of minority groups in the American political process
    Federalism - Standard 3: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government.
    SS.7.C.2.3 Experience the responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, or federal levels. 
    SS.7.C.3.4 Identify the relationship and division of powers between the federal government and state governments. 
    SS.7.C.3.5 Explain the constitutional amendment process. 
    SS.7.C.3.8 Analyze the structure, functions, and processes of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
    SS.7.C.3.9 Illustrate the lawmaking process at the local, state, and federal levels. 
    SS.7.C.3.13 Compare the constitutions of the United States and Florida.
    SS.7.C.3.14 Differentiate between local, state, and federal governments’ obligations and services. 
    Political Parties & Elections- Standard 3: Demonstrate an understanding of the principles, functions, and organization of government.
    SS.7.C.2.7 Conduct a mock election to demonstrate the voting process.
    SS.7.C.2.8 Identify America’s current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government.
    SS.7.C.2.9 Evaluate candidates for political office by analyzing their qualifications, experience, issue-based platforms, debates, and political ads. 
    Interest Groups and the Media/Public Policy - Standard 2: Evaluate the roles, rights, and responsibilities of U.S. citizens, and determine methods of active participation in society, government, and the political system.
    SS.7.C.2.10 Examine the impact of media, individuals, and interest groups on monitoring and influencing government. 
    SS.7.C.2.11 Analyze media and political communications (bias, symbolism, propaganda). 
    SS.7.C.2.12 Develop a plan to resolve a state or local problem by researching public policy alternatives, identifying appropriate government agencies to address the issue, and determining a course of action. 
    SS.7.C.2.13 Examine multiple perspectives on public and current issues. 
    SS.7.C.2.14 Conduct a service project to further the public good.  
    OBLIGATIONS, RESPONSIBILITES, RIGHTS of CITIZENS - Standard 2: Evaluate the roles, rights, and responsibilities of U.S. citizens, and determine methods of active participation in society, government, and the political system.
    SS.7.C.2.1 Define the term “citizen,” and identify legal means of becoming a U.S. citizen. 
    SS.7.C.2.2 Evaluate the obligations citizens have to obey laws, pay taxes, defend the nation, and serve on juries.
    SS.7.C.2.3 Experience the responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, or federal levels.
    SS.7.C.2.4 Evaluate rights contained in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution.
    SS.7.C.2.5 Distinguish how the Constitution safeguards and limits individual rights.
    SS.7.C.2.6 Simulate the trial process and the role of juries in the administration of justice.
    SS.7.C.2.14 Conduct a service project to further the public good.
    TYPES OF GOVERNMENT - Standard 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the origins and purposes of government, law, and the American political system.
    SS.7.C.3.1 Compare different forms of government (direct democracy, representative democracy, socialism, communism, monarchy, oligarchy, autocracy).
    SS.7.C.3.2 Compare parliamentary, federal, confederal, and unitary systems of government. 
    SS.7.C.3.10 Identify sources and types (civil, criminal, constitutional, military) of law.
    SS.7.C.3.11 Diagram the levels, functions, and powers of courts at the state and federal levels.
    GEOGRAPHY
    SS.7.G.1.1 Locate the 50 states and their capital cities in addition to the nation's capital on a map.
    SS.7.G.1.2 Locate on a world map the territories and protectorates of the U.S.A.
    SS.7.G.1.3 Interpret maps to identify geopolitical divisions and boundaries of places in North America.
    SS.7.G.2.1 Locate major cultural landmarks that are emblematic of the U.S.
    SS.7.G.2.2 Locate major physical landmarks that are emblematic of the U.S.
    SS.7.G.2.3 Explain how major physical characteristics, natural resources, climate, and absolute and relative location have influenced settlement, economies, and inter-governmental relations in North America.
    SS.7.G.2.4 Describe current major cultural regions of North America.
    SS.7.G.3.1 Use maps to describe the location, abundance, and variety of natural resources in North America.
    SS.7.G.4.1 Use geographic terms and tools to explain cultural diffusion throughout North America.
    SS.7.G.4.2 Use maps and other geographic tools to examine the importance of demographics within political divisions of the U.S.
    SS.7.G.5.1 Use a choropleth or other map to geographically represent current information about issues of conservation or ecology in the local community.
    SS.7.G.6.1 Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or other technology to view maps of current information about the U.S.
    ECONOMICS
    SS.7.E.1.1 Explain how the principles of a market and mixed economy helped to develop the U.S. into a democratic nation.
    SS.7.E.1.2 Discuss the importance of borrowing and lending in the U.S., the government's role in controlling financial institutions, and list the advantages and disadvantages of using credit.
    SS.7.E.1.3 Review the concepts of supply and demand, choice, scarcity, and opportunity cost as they relate to the development of the mixed economy in the U.S.
    SS.7.E.1.4 Discuss the function of financial institutions in the development of a market economy.
    SS.7.E.1.5 Assess how profits, incentives, and competition motivate individuals, households, and businesses in a free market economy.
    SS.7.E.1.6 Compare the national budget process to the personal budget process.
    SS.7.E.2.1 Explain how federal, state, and local taxes support the economy as a function of the U.S. government.
    SS.7.E.2.2 Describe the banking system in the U.S. and its impact on the money supply.
    SS.7.E.2.3 Identify and describe U.S. laws and regulations adopted to promote economic competition.
    SS.7.E.2.4 Identify entrepreneurs from various gender, social, and ethnic backgrounds who started a business seeking to make a profit.
    SS.7.E.2.5 Explain how economic institutions impact the national economy.
    SS.7.E.3.1 Explain how international trade requires a system for exchanging currency between and among nations.
    SS.7.E.3.2 Assess how the changing value of currency affects trade of goods and services between nations.
    SS.7.E.3.3 Compare and contrast a single resource economy with a diversified economy.
    SS.7.E.3.4 Compare and contrast the standard of living in various countries today to that of the U.S. using gross domestic product (GDP) per capita as an indicator.

    Civics End-of-Course Exam:

    Students are required to complete a standardized state end-of-course (EOC) exam in civics. This will be a comprehensive exam that will count for 30% of the student’s final average. The test will include multiple choice items consisting of low, moderate, and high-level questions. The test is based on the Florida State Standards in civics. For more information, please see the Civics EOC test item specifications available on the FLDOE website.