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Grade 7

Seventh grade students in the Cambridge Public Schools explore World History, Philosophy and Religion. At the end of the seventh grade, students will be able to:

  • Describe the contributions of a range of civilizations, including Rome, Islamic civilizations, West Africa, India and China.
  • Explain the impact of religion and philosophy on history and culture.
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources to understand the author’s purpose.
  • Write essays with clear arguments and ample historical evidence.
  • Conduct historical research projects that draw on several sources.
Units of Study Year-long Essential Questions
Ancient Israel and Judaism What do we believe and why?

Why should we learn people’s stories?

How do our beliefs shape our actions?
Ancient Rome, Byzantine Empire and Christianity
Islam to 1500
West Africa and the Swahili Coast
Indian Civilizations, Hinduism and Buddhism
Chinese Civilizations, Confucianism, Legalism and Daoism

All seventh grade students complete a range of Common Core-aligned writing assessments, including at least two Document Based Questions (DBQs) and a three to five page research paper with multiple sources and MLA citations.