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  • Smart Jr. High School
    Principal: Chad Jones
    Associate Principal: Nicole Talbot
    1934 West 5th Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52802
    Phone: (563) 445-5100
    Fax: (563) 445-5957

  • Social Studies


    Name of Course: Social Studies 7
    Course #: M27711
    Course Length: Yearlong


    Course Description:

    Social Studies 7 is a yearlong course in which students learn about contemporary issues in the world to gain a global perspective on things happening right now. Students will do this through the exploration of the content areas of Social Studies: Geography, Behavioral Science, Economics, Government, and History. Students will use an inquiry-based approach to answering unit compelling questions to become better social science thinkers.



    • SS.7.6: With guided practice, develop claims and counterclaims while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both.
    • SS.7.8: Independently construct responses to compelling questions supported by reasoning and evidence.
    • SS.7.13: Identify social, political, and economic factors that can influence our thoughts and behavior.
    • SS.7.14: Examine what causes inequalities and how they exist within a society.
    • SS.7.16: Examine the origins, purposes, and impact of laws, treaties, and international agreements.
    • SS.7.19: Explain how external benefits, costs, supply and demand, and competition influence market prices, wages, and outcomes.
    • SS.7.21: Evaluate the push and pull factors involved in human population movement and patterns.
    • SS.7.24: Analyze connections among historical events and developments in contemporary global issues.



    This course has no assigned textbook. With the emphasis on contemporary world issues, this course utilizes current event news and topics on a daily basis.


    Instructional Practices & Support

    Instructional practices will be aligned to the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Framework.

    Teachers will maximize classroom time to provide instructional opportunities that are targeted and tailored to student needs. Students will experience high-quality instruction which includes: 

    • A classroom culture that adheres to productive classroom norms and relationships
    • High quality tasks that lend to authentic engagement
    • Productive discussions where students make sense, justify and generalize


    Classroom Management Procedures

    Classroom management procedures will be aligned to the multi-tiered system of support framework, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) to build an emotionally safe, positive and engaging environment. Teachers will understand, support and implement orchestration of the elements in the classroom:

    • Establish positive ongoing teacher-student relationships
    • Establish, post, and teach rules and procedures regularly
    • Implement proactive strategies and interventions
    • Use of acknowledgment system with specific immediate praise, and feedback 
    • Manage student behavior with a continuum of corrective strategies 


    Assessment Plan

    • Students will be given multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency following additional instruction and ongoing assessment, 
    • Multiple data points will be used to determine the reported grade (formative and/or summative)
    • Ongoing assessments may be given in a format different than the original and re-assessment will be given when students demonstrate new learning 
    • The time frame of ongoing assessments will be determined by the team and individual teachers based on student progress.
    • Late work will be accepted without penalty within the unit of study.
    • Extra credit will not be factored into grading.