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The 7th Grade Ancient World History resource will focus on the history of the ancient world from Eras 1-4, and include an introduction to the study of history.


Chapter 1 – Why might social scientists have various and sometimes conflicting versions of the same event?

Supporting questions:

How do we learn about the past?

How would you describe temporal thinking?

What steps and tools do historians use to do their job?

How do historians know and construct theories, perspectives, theories, hypotheses, and accounts about the past?

….and use it to support their claims?

How do historians collect and analyze evidence?

How and why are these historical claims controversial?


Chapter 2 -  Historically, what conditions created times of innovation and growth for humans?

Supporting questions:

Why might humans want to move from an area?

What might attract people to a new place?

Why did humans start migrating out of Africa about 100,000 years ago?

What is meant by Paleolithic patterns of life?

What is meant by Neolithic patterns of life?

How have Paleolithic, and Neolithic patterns of life differed between the people of Africa, Western Europe, Asia, and North America?

What benefits did early human farmers gain over hunter/gatherers?

How did the natural environment affect the places early human farmers chose to live?

What was the relationship between stable food supplies and the development of settlements?


Chapter 3 - How does where you live affect how you live? How does what you eat affect how you live?  What does it mean to be civilized?

Supporting questions:

What are the characteristics of civilizations?


Chapter 4 - How did large scale empires impact human interaction and behavior across Africa and Eurasia?

Supporting questions:

What are the shared characteristics of the classical civilizations?

What are the defining characteristics of city-states, civilizations,  and empires?

How did legal codes, belief systems, and written language aid in the development of large regional empires?

How did governmental authority, military power, taxation, coerced labor, and slavery help in the building and maintenance and empires?

What role did geography play in the development of empires?

How did new trade  routes develop and how did that economically impact all groups?

How did cooperation and conflict impact the growth and spread of empires?

What new Economic systems were created during this era?


Chapter 5 - What role do religious beliefs and practices have on the development of history, culture, and society?

Supporting questions:

What are the various beliefs of the six major world religions?

How does geography play a role in the development and spread of religion?

What effect does religion have on economic, political and social institutions

What effect does religion have on art, language and literature?


Chapter 6 - How do cultures interact? What is the structure of society? What makes a civilization?

How did American Indian civilizations interact?

How does religion spread?

What role does religion play in society?

How were the Mayans, Aztecs, Inca’s, Pueblo, and the Eastern Woodland peoples similar and different?

How were these societies structured?

What did people trade?

What were barriers to trade?

Where did people live?

Why did they move?

What was their impact on Earth?

How did information move?

What are the social structures to the civilization?


Chapter 7 - What are the most important lasting impacts/contributions of the early civilizations?

Supporting questions:

How do modern civilizations compare to ancient civilizations?

Why were the founders of the United States so deeply influenced by ancient Greece and Rome?

What has been the lasting impact of Christianity from the ancient Roman civilization on the modern world?

What happened to the ancient civilizations after they were famous?

How do the trade routes of today compare to the trade routes of yesterday?

What is the difference between civilizations of yesterday and today?


Chapter 8 - What enduring issues from ancient history are still significant today?

How can you Identify public policy issues related to global topics and issues studied?

How can you clearly state the issue as a question of public policy orally or in written form?

What inquiry methods do you need to acquire content knowledge and appropriate data about the issue?

Can you identify the causes and consequences and analyze the impact, both positive and negative?

How can you share and discuss findings of research and issue analysis in group discussions and debates?

How can you persuade with an essay justifying the position with a reasoned argument?

How can you Develop an action plan to address or inform others about the issue at the local to global scales?



Materials developed under a grant from the Michigan Department of Education