7th Grade Social Science
Grade 7 Social Science content begins with the decline and Fall of Rome and the rise of feudalism in Europe. The journey through history then takes students south and east to the Arabian Peninsula, where Islam takes root and spreads throughout South Asia and Northern Africa. From there, students explore medieval China, Japan, West Africa, and then return to Europe to pick up where they left off. They then cross the pond to meso-America and the Andes to discover thriving parallel civilizations of the new world. They once again return to Europe to study the Renaissance, Reformation of the Catholic Church, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment, which will set the state for U.S. History the following year. As you can tell, there's a lot of jumping back and forth from Europe to every corner of the world. Many world history teachers prefer to head straight into medieval Europe following the fall of Rome and then explore the spread of Islam. It makes more sense that way except benchmark exams are usually paced to the order of California Content Standards.