Grade 7 Social Studies

Standard 3: Human Populations & Systems

Content Standard 3: The student will identify the characteristics, distribution and demographic patterns of human populations and systems of the Eastern Hemisphere 
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Identify on a political map the major countries and population centers of each region
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Compare common cultural traits, including language, ethnic heritage, social systems, and traditions
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Evaluate the impact of a region’s major religions, including geographic hearths, major beliefs, customs, and the significance of religion in contemporary societies; explain how religion can both unify or divide people.
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Evaluate and summarize the impact of geography on population distribution, density, growth, change, settlement patterns, the availability of resources, and migration, including push and pull factors.
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Describe reasons for and analyze from multiple perspectives the challenges and benefits of migration on indigenous and immigrant populations.
Describe the distribution of resources and evaluate how the three levels of economic activities
(primary, secondary, tertiary) contribute to the development of a country or region.
Compare the structures of representative governments and authoritarian systems.
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Identify the role of the citizen in the selection of government officials and lawmaking; compare individual liberties under different forms of government.
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Identify and explain the advantages and disadvantages of traditional market and command economic systems.
Explain the role of government policies in utilizing wealth from natural resources to finance development.

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Assess the influence of economic development and distribution of wealth on society.
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Distinguish between developed and developing regions using the Human Development Index; analyze data used by geographers, including literacy rate, life expectancy, infant mortality, and per capita income.