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Midway Middle School



Seventh Grade World History


Course Description

 Seventh grade students will explore the social, cultural, geographical, political and technological changes that occurred after the fall of the Roman Empire and in Medieval Europe. Students will also study the period from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, including the Islamic world, Africa, China, and Japan, but with a heavier emphasis on western civilization in Europe during the Renaissance and Reformation. Students will compare and contrast the history and geography of civilizations that were developing concurrently throughout these continents during medieval times. They will examine the growth in economic interactions among civilizations as well as the exchange of ideas, beliefs, technologies, and commodities. Students will learn about the resulting spread of Enlightenment philosophies and the examination of new concepts of reasoning toward religion, government, and science that continue to influence our world today. Students will analyze geography’s influence on the development of these civilizations as they continue their study of world history and geography. Seventh grade students will end the year by examining the Meso-American and Andean civilizations, and the age of European explorations. Appropriate informational texts and primary sources will be used in order to deepen the understanding of how these civilizations influence the modern world.

Objectives: After completion of Seventh Grade World History, the students should be able to:

  1. Identify the influence of the Roman Empire on today’s world
  2.  Analyze the geographic, political, economic, and social  structures of the following civilizations:
  3. The Islamic Empire
  4. Africa
  5. China
  6. Japan
  7. Western Europe


  1. Analyze the origins, accomplishments, and geographic diffusion of the Renaissance and the historical developments of the Reformation.
  2. Analyze the historical developments of the Scientific Revolution and its lasting effect on religious, political, and cultural institutions.
  3. Analyze political, social, and economic change as a result of the Age of Enlightenment in Europe.
  4. Compare and contrast the geographic, political, religious, social, and economic structures of the Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations.
  5. Identify reasons for movement of people from Europe to the Americas, describing the impact of exploration by Europeans and American Indians.



First Quarter

  1. Scientific Revolution
  2. The Decline of the Roman Empire
  3. The Islamic World
  4. Afica

Second Quarter

  1. China
  2. Japan

Third Quarter

  1. The Middle Ages
  2. Renaissance/ Reformation


Fourth Quarter

  1. Enlightenment\
  2. Exploration