Honors 7th

Click the links below to download the files for Honors 7th Grade Social Studies

Seventh_Grade_Social_Studies_Curriculum_Map

7th_grade_Social_Studies_Honors_Intro-_revised-1

7th_grade_Social_Studies_honors_CSO-revised

7-Teach21 Instructional Guide – Government Systems and Conflict Resolution Subject – SS Grade – 7

7-Teach21 Instructional Guide – Geography: Connections Between World Regions and Cultures Subject – SS Grade – 7

7-Teach21 Instructional Guide – Economics: Relationship of Geography on Supply and Demand and Prices Subject – SS Grade – 7

7-Teach21 Instructional Guide – Causes and Effects of Migration Subject – SS Grade – 7

Living History At Shepherd Univ

Anyone else who is interested in West Virginia and Civil War-era history — are enthusiastically invited to attend a free “Living History” drama at Shepherd University, titled “A New Home for Liberty,” on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, 2012.  

The entertaining and inspiring evening and afternoon programs are family-friendly; and, as noted, admission is entirely free.  You can get more information, and reserve tickets (recommended), at www.jrclifford.org — or call 304-345-7663.  

The program’s sponsor is  the J.R. Clifford Project, whose civil rights educational materials are used in many West Virginia schools.

Mock Election Reminder!

Reminder:

If you have not registered to participate in the 2012 Mock Election it is not too late.

http://www.nationalmockelection.org/

Welcome to the nation’s largest civic education project: The My Voice National Student Mock Election

Engaging young people and encouraging their aspirations is key to a vital and vibrant society. And now, more than ever, listening to students is important because there are so many ways for young people to express their views, in real time and via multiple media. That’s why in 2012, the Pearson Foundation is combining two great initiatives to involve students: My Voice and the National Student Mock Election. All U.S. students, parents and teachers – in both school and home classrooms – are invited to join.

Joey Wiseman, WVDE social studies coordinator

Constitutional Speech Contest

“A constitutional speech contest”

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs

http://www.legion.org/oratorical/contests

For more information or questions please contact  The Legion,  Telephone Number is 1-800-534-4667 and they will be able to put individuals in contact with Legion Contest chairs

Sociology Standards and Pacing

Are you teaching a SOCIOLOGY class this year but you do not have Standards, pacing guide nor resources to help guide your work?  The links here are culled from what other school systems are doing with this course.  Take a look at this selection and feel free to utilize these resources to guide your instruction and course development.

If you need addition resources or have other ideas please contact me gsumner@access.k12.wv.us

Sociology standards

Introduction to Sociology

SociologyGEORGIA

SOCIOLOGY _Elective_ 142

NCSS SS Standards

National Standards

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: Executive Summary

 

State Dept Youth Exchange Scholarships

U.S. Department of State Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students

The U.S. Department of State announces scholarships for American high school students to study abroad:

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.  Applications for summer 2013 and academic year 2013-2014 programs are due November 1, 2012.  Visitwww.nsliforyouth.org for more information.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend the 2013-14 academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali (semester), Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. The application deadline is January 10, 2013. Visit the YES Program’s website for more information.

 The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Secondary school students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  Young professionals (undergraduates) and high school graduates of vocational studies ages 18-24 study and participate in practical training. Scholarships are now available for academic year 2013-14; application deadlines vary by U.S. region and range from September 2012 to January 2013.  For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at USAGermanyScholarship.org.

The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.   Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program website for more information.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Applications for summer 2013 and academic year 2013-2014 programs are due November 1, 2012. Visit www.nsliforyouth.org for more information.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend the 2013-14 academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali (semester), Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. The application deadline is January 10, 2013. Visit the YES Program’s website for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Secondary school students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. Young professionals (undergraduates) and high school graduates of vocational studies ages 18-24 study and participate in practical training. Scholarships are now available for academic year 2013-14; application deadlines vary by U.S. region and range from September 2012 to January 2013. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at USAGermanyScholarship.org.

The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program website for more information.

Thanks to Joey Wiseman, WVDE social studies coordinator 

iCivics

Civics teachers!  Here is a good resource for you to use to move civics learning in your classroom. This is a web-based education project with interactive games and activities to engage your students in learning about our nation. (Thanks to Mr. W from VHS!)  

http://www.icivics.org

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iCivics, inc. (formerly Our Courts) is a 501 non-profit organization that promotes civics education and encourages students to become active citizens. iCivics was founded by retired Supreme Court of the United States Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. O’Connor started the web-based education project because she was concerned that students’ failing grades on civics examinations were due to inadequate information and tools required for civic participation, and that civics teachers needed better materials and support.

iCivics is a web-based education project that offers an array of free interactive games and activities for students.[

Significance

After leaving the bench in 2006, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor grew concerned with the frequency and character of verbal attacks directed at the courts. O’Connor reasoned these attacks stemmed from a “fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the judicial branch of government.”  To educate students, Justice O’Connor suggests tapping into the 40 hours a week teenagers spend online by promoting videogames to teach the fundamentals of civics and active engagement  Since the launch in 2009, iCivics’ games have been played over 2 million times. 

History

In March 2009, iCivics, inc. grew out of the Our Courts project, a joint venture of Georgetown University Law School and Arizona State University.  In August 2009, Our Courts added Supreme Decision and Do I Have A Right? to the website. Our Courts became iCivics in May 2010. A more comprehensive website was launched, supplementing the gaming modules with classroom lessons on the branches of government. iCivics creates free lesson plans, videogames, and interactive activities for middle and high school students and educators.

iCivics incorporates interactive activities like opinion polls and web quests, and tries to “empower students with knowledge of their government.”

The website has different access points for teachers and students.

Above The Law sponsored a Do I Have A Right? challenge in 2010. 

There are 16 civics games available online. Filament Games is the primary developer of the educational games.

Media

In March 2009, Justice O’Connor went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and promoted civics through Our Courts.   Justice O’Connor was the keynote speaker at Games for Change in 2010, and iCivics was featured at the Games for Change conference in New York in 2011. The Washington Post Editorial Board highlighted the shortcomings of civics, and the efforts of iCivics. Newsweek featured Justice O’Connor and the iCivics initiative on Independence Day, 2011. 

Content

Fourteen different computer games have been launched by iCivics.

Do I Have a Right?

In Do I Have A Right?, the player controls firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law.  The player must decide whether potential clients have a right guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, and if so, match them with the right lawyer. The more clients served, the faster the law firm grows.

Argument Wars

Argument Wars is a simulation of a courtroom argument. Players test their persuasive abilities by arguing real Supreme Court cases, and must convince a judge that the law is on their side.

Supreme Decision

In Supreme Decision, the player is a Supreme Court law clerk to a fictional Justice who grabs you on her way to an oral argument in a case involving a student’s right to wear a banned band t-shirt. The Court is split 4-4. The game divides the First Amendment case into four issues that are explained through the other eight Justices’ conversations. The player puts together the legal analysis needed to decide the case.

Descriptive information on iCivics above is from the WIKIPEDIA