In Segment A of Social Studies 7, students learn that geography is used to explain the past, interpret the present, and plan for the future. Geographic and historical influences have shaped the United States and Canada in similar ways. Historical and cultural influences have made the nations of Mexico, Central America, and South America into a distinct region. The cultural achievements of Europe in the arts, politics, and economics have spread throughout the world as a result of imperialism. There are both similarities and significant differences between the sub-regions of Western and Eastern Europe.

Segment B of Social Studies 7 teaches that geography and history have shaped the cultural development of Russia, along with the geographic and historical influences that have shaped the cultural development of China. Recent economic reforms have dramatically altered Chinese society and vastly increased its engagement with the world community. Physical and cultural diversity help define the region. The legacy of Africa’s colonial past has had a lasting impact on the region. The Middle East is a distinct region due to its religious heritage, its role in ongoing regional and global conflicts, and the oil wealth found here.

PRE-REQUISITES: Social Studies 6 recommended

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

Welcome to Geography and the World

  • Five Themes of Geography
  • The Tools of Geographers
  • Physical Characteristics of Place
  • Climate
  • Human Characteristics of Place: Culture
  • Global Trends and Issues

The United States and Canada

  • Location and Physical Features of the United States
  • Location and Physical Features of Canada
  • Influence of History on the Region
  • Culture
  • Governments of the Region
  • Economic Systems and Issues

Latin America

  • Location and Physical Features of Latin America
  • The Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans
  • Colonial Past to the Present
  • The People of Latin America
  • Current Issues

Europe

  • Physical Geography of Europe
  • Early History of Europe
  • Modern History of Europe
  • People of Europe
  • Political Characteristics
  • Economic Features

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Russia

  • Physical Geography of Russia
  • Early History of Russia
  • Modern History of Russia
  • Culture
  • Political and Economic Features

China

  • Physical Geography of China
  • Early Chinese History
  • Modern Chinese History
  • People of China
  • Political and Economic Characteristics of China

Africa

  • Physical Geography
  • Early Civilizations and Empires
  • Modern African History
  • People of Africa
  • Current Issues

The Middle East

  • Physical Geography of the Middle East
  • Early Empires of the Middle East
  • Modern History of the Middle East
  • The People of the Middle East
  • Political and Economic Features

LINKS TO FULL COURSE CURRICULUM MAPS

SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B