Curriculum Map for Quarters 3 & 4

  • Curriculum Map

    7th Grade Social Studies

    Cactus Canyon Jr. High

    2014 (Quarters 3 & 4)

    Quarter 3:


    This unit will focus on the impact the Industrial Revolution had on the United States

    and how citizens began to demand change in response to those impacts.


    Weeks 1 & 2: Technological Improvements & Innovation


    - Communication

    - Transportation

    - Industry


    Weeks 3,4,5: Impacts of Industrialization


    - Advancements change the labor needs

    - Impacts on quality of life

    - Immigration

    - Challenges immigrants faced

    - Influence of immigrants on USA

    - Economic growth and it’s impact


    Weeks 6,7,8: Need for Reform


    - Social Issues

    - Approaches used for reform

    - Political & Economic Issues

    - Political & Economic Reforms

    - Democratic ideals in Constitutional changes


    Week 9: Unit Enduring Understanding(s) Unit Essential Question(s)


    - Technology changes quality of life.


    - Immigration causes cultural and economic


    - Individuals and groups can bring about

    social change through collective efforts.


    - In what ways did technology change the

    quality of life for people living in the USA?


    - How did immigration affect the culture and

    economy of the United States?


    - How can individuals and groups bring

    about social change?


    Essential Vocabulary:


    - Technology

    - Competition

    - Urban/Urbanization

    - Monopoly

    - Union

    - Strike

    - Corruption

    - Assemble/Assembly

    - Industry

    - Labor

    - Regulation

    - Charity


    Enrichment Vocabulary:


    - Assimilation

    - Dynamic

    - Oppression

    - Prosperity

    - Quota

    - Suffrage

    - Ethnic

    Factual Content:


    - transatlantic telegraph

    - telephone

    - transcontinental railroad

    - automobiles

    - airplanes

    - Wright brothers

    - Assembly lines

    - Interchangeable parts

    - Bessemer process

    - Electricity

    - Light bulbs

    - Steel

    - Carnegie

    - Textiles

    - Hanes

    - Tobacco  

    - Oil

    - Rockefeller

    - Furniture

    - High Point

    - America’s economy grew

    by more than 400%

    between 1860 and 1900


    Impacts of



    - Decrease in need for

    skilled craftsmen

    - Decrease in need for


    - Increase in need for

    unskilled laborers

    - Labor needs in rural areas


    - Labor needs in urban

    areas increased

    - Increase in the need for

    labor results in children

    entering labor force

    - Family Structure changes

    - Social Structure changes

    - Technology improved lives

    of middle class

    - Working class faced long

    hours, poor working and

    living conditions, low


    - Industry leaders and other

    elite became very wealthy

    and lived in luxury

    - Mobility increased as result

    of transportation


    - Urbanization changed the

    way people lived


    Social Reforms:


    - Labor issues

    - Women’s suffrage

    - Temperance

    - Food Safety

    - Environmental

    Preservation- Pisgah

    National Forest, US Forest


    - Education

    - Race Issues

    - Demonstrations/Protests

    - Strikes

    - Organizations that worked

    to bring issues to public


    - Rallies

    - Marches

    - Speeches

    - Journalism

    - Political corruption

    - “Boss Tweed”

    - Spoils system

    - Monopolies

    - Voting Reforms

    - Muckrakers

    - Trust-busting

    - Civil Service Commission

    - Business regulations


    Applications & Literacy:


    - Key Vocabulary LO: SWBAT define and explain the terms monopoly, union, strike, and


    - Language Functions LO: SWBAT explain how new technology changed the lives of



    - Language Skills:   read two passages about the use of labor unions and

    identify the similarities and differences between the two. (Reading passages should be

    chosen/modified in accordance with the  students’ zone of proximal development).

    - Grammar and Language:   use comparatives in writing assignments (more than,

    less than, greater, shorter, longer, etc.) by comparing the lives of two different immigrants.

    - Lesson Tasks:  read and summarize an account of the working conditions in

    factories and explain this summary to a group.

    - Language Learning Strategy:  develop a cause/effect graphic organizer

    analyzing and identifying the causes and effects of various laws developed due to


    Quarter 4:


    Much that defines the modern United States emerged during the late 1800s and early 1900s. This unit explores imperialism, the 1920s, and the Great Depression through the conceptual lenses of change, imperialism, and standard of living.


    Weeks 1, 2: Imperialism- Expansion of American Power


    - Industrialization created a need for markets and raw materials

    - Annexation of territories

    - Spanish-American War


    Weeks 3,4: World War I


    - American neutrality questioned as economic activities led to involvement in the war

    - American home front during the war

    - New technologies change the face of warfare

    - Debate & negotiation to end WWI


    Weeks 5,6,7: Roaring 20’s


    - Prosperity of America

    - Conflict between traditional and modern values

    - Prosperity was not experienced by all Americans equally


    Weeks 8,9,10: Great Depression


    - Personal financial choices of the 1920’s create perfect environment for Stock Market

    Crash of 1929

    - Economic circumstances of the Great Depression

    - Hoover’s response

    - Great Depression changed American society

    - Dust Bowl

    - Impact of Roosevelt’s decisions


    Unit Enduring Understanding(s) Unit Essential Question(s)

    - New technology often changes warfare.

    - Rapid economic growth can cause

    economic instability.

    - A nation’s economy affects citizens’

    standard of living.

    - How did the introduction of new military

    technology change warfare during WWI?

    - How did rapid economic growth in the

    1920’s cause economic instability in the


    - How did the nation’s economy affect the

    standard of living for Americans in the

    1920’s and 1930’s?


    Essential Vocabulary:


    - Imperialism

    - Traditional

    - Modern

    - Prohibit

    - Credit

    - Indicator

    - “Standard of Living”

    - Prosper/Prosperity

    - Finance

    - Stability/Instability

    - Depression

    - Scarce/Scarcity

    - Neutrality

    - Rough Riders

    - Panama Canal

    - Platt Amendment

    - Selective Service Act

    - U-boat

    - Scopes Monkey Trial

    - Speakeasy

    - Organized Crime

    - Charles Lindbergh

    - “Talkies”

    - Eleanor Roosevelt

    - Specific New Deal Programs (i.e. FDIC,

    TVA, WPA, CCC, etc.)

    - Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

    - Diplomacy

    - Allies/Alliance

    - Bonds

    - Annex/Annexation

    - Stocks


    Essential Questions:


    Expansion of

    American Power


    -How did competition

    influence American

    imperialism and what

    were the impacts?


    World War I


    -How were debate and

    negotiation used as

    nations sought an end to



    -How did new technologies

    impact warfare during



    -How did American

    economic and political

    decisions lead to the US

    involvement in WWI?


    Roaring 20’s


    -What created the

    prosperity of America in

    the 1920’s?

    -How did the conflict

    between traditional and

    modern values change

    the culture of America in

    the 1920’s?


    The Great



    -How did personal

    economic decisions of the

    1920’s set the stage for

    the stock market crash in



    -How did the US

    government respond to the

    Great Depression?


    How did the Great

    Depression change

    American society?