M/J United States Economics Geography   (#2104030)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

The social studies curriculum for this course consists of the following content area strands: American History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government. The primary content for this course pertains to the usage of geographic concepts, tools, and skills to draw conclusions about economic activity and patterns in the United States. Content should include, but not be limited to, interpreting economic activity in terms of location, population, demographics, historical change, and land use. Students will study methods of historical inquiry and primary and secondary historical documents.

Mathematics Benchmark Guidance: Social Studies instruction should include opportunities for students to interpret and create representations of historical events and concepts using mathematical tables, charts, and graphs.

Instructional Practices: Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students’ content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:

  1. Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
  4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

Literacy Standards in Social Studies
Secondary social studies courses include reading standards for literacy in history/social studies 6-12, and writing standards for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects 6-12. This course also includes speaking and listening standards. For a complete list of standards required for this course click on the blue tile labeled course standards. You may also download the complete course including all required standards and notes sections using the export function located at the top of this page.

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Social Studies. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/ss.pdf

General Information

Course Number: 2104030
Abbreviated Title: M/J US ECON & GEO
Course Length: Semester (S)
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Terminated
Grade Level(s): 6,7,8

Educator Certifications

One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

We Have Three Governments?:

Explore the impact of federal, state, and local government on your life with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Show Your Citizenship!:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of American citizenship.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Trial by Jury: You Decide!:

In this interactive tutorial, simulate the experience of serving on a jury and deciding a case!  Learn all about trial by jury and why it's such an important part of our society, as well as an obligation of citizenship.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Finding Civic Solutions:

This interactive tutorial will help you answer the questions: What can individuals do on their own to make change? When can your government help you?  To which government can you turn?  Learn about responsible citizenship and how you might make positive changes in your own community. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Where Have All the Scrub-Jays Gone?:

Investigate the limiting factors of a Florida ecosystem and describe how these limiting factors affect one native population-the Florida Scrub-Jay-with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Yes or No to GMO?:

Learn what genetic engineering is and some of the applications of this technology. In this interactive tutorial, you’ll gain an understanding of some of the benefits and potential drawbacks of genetic engineering. Ultimately, you’ll be able to think critically about genetic engineering and write an argument describing your own perspective on its impacts.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Arguing Mars :

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to identify a speaker’s argument or claim. You will also learn how to evaluate the evidence and reasoning presented in a speech.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Tutorials

Tax Man Max -- Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to a classic animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about taxes: what they pay for and why citizens have an obligation to pay them.

Type: Tutorial

Federalism:

In this tutorial, you'll enjoy a short video on that "3 layer cake" we call federalism. This system essentially divides the responsibilities of government into 3 (local, state, federal), based on what would be most effective for citizens at each level.

Type: Tutorial

People's Pies:

In this tutorial, you will have the chance to create your own national budget! You'll need to acquire the funds from government programs and decide which people will benefit most from your program. Can you handle this stressful job and keep the citizens happy? Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

FAQs: Juries:

In this tutorial, you will have the opportunity to view several short video segments about juries. You'll hear from constitutional experts, lawyers, and judges who discuss juries and jury service. Jury duty itself plays a significant role in our democratic society and was established by our Constitution. Explore topics related to juries and jury service such as the history of juries, what to expect as a juror, the value of jury service, and much more. Learn and enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Citizenship:

In this interactive quiz, you will test your knowledge of the responsibilities and obligations of citizens. There are 50 questions; how many can you get right? Enjoy this review, and good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this course.
Aligned Clusters:
MAFS.6.SP.1 Summarize and describe distributions.
MAFS.7.SP.2 Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.