GRADE 7 SOCIAL STUDIES/FRENCH SCIENCE HUMAINES COURSE OUTLINE
CHANGING YOUR WORLD: INVESTIGATING EMPOWERMENT
UN MONDE EN CHANGEMENT; LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DE L’AUTONOMIE
The organizing concept for the grade seven curriculum is empowerment. Empowerment involves having the means, opportunity, power or authority to be self- assertive, and independent, and to take actions. Empowerment was chosen to help students develop a better understanding of the significant impact that authority and power have in our lives. Students will analyze sources of authority in the lives of Canadian citizens, both today and in the past, and consider how power and privilege are, and have been, distributed in our society. Students will be called on to ask questions, investigate problems, analyze information and draw generalizations and conclusions about the role of empowerment in our history. At the same time students will be challenged to examine the role of power and authority in their own lives.
The Grade 7 Social Studies curriculum draws largely on the discipline of history but it includes elements of other Social Studies disciplines including economics, geography, political science and sociology. The curriculum recognizes the need for studies to be done in context. While the historical focus for grade 7 is in the growth of the Canadian nation from the early 1800s to the end of World War 1, the curriculum is built on the premise that an historical study is not limited to only one-time period. Reference is made to earlier periods as well as the contemporary.
Unit 1: Introduction 5%
Unit 2: Economic Empowerment 16%
Unit 3: Political Empowerment 21%
Unit 4: Cultural Empowerment 21%
Unit 5: Societal Empowerment 16%
Unit 6: National Empowerment 16%
Unit 7: Summary 5%
Evaluations will include, but are not limited to the following: Tests, Quizzes, Research Projects, Multimedia Projects, Case Studies, etc.