Students in seventh grade social studies will expand upon the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired in the sixth grade study of early civilizations. Seventh graders study the world from the Age of Exploration to contemporary times to understand the implications of increased global interactions. We will continue to focus on geography by using the themes of location, place, movement, human-environmental interaction and region to understand modern societies and regions. This course will guide students through patterns of change and continuity with a focus on conflict and cooperation, economic development, population shifts, political thought and organization, cultural values and beliefs and the impact of environment over time. We will study various societies and regions from every continent (Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia). The standards are organized around five strands: history, geography and environmental literacy, economics and financial literacy, civics and governance and culture.