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Utah Studies 7th Grade Ms.

Rebecca Long Northwest Middle Quarter 3 -4 (partial)


Enduring Understanding: Cooperation, rights, respect and responsibility create an orderly and productive learning environment. Core Standards/ Objectives: 3.3 Access the rights and responsibilities of citizenship 3.3b- Explain the rights and responsibilities of a good citizen in the context of class environment 3.3c- Investigate how individuals can be involved in the political process. Topics: Rights Respect Responsibility Civic Dialogue Civic Virtue Participation Essential Questions: 1. What are my rights? 2. What are my responsibilities? 3. How does respect make life easier for me and others? Activities: Brian Storm rights and responsibilities Analyze the relationship between rights and responsibilities Model Civic Dialogue through class discussion Generate class procedures through student input Demonstrate civic virtue by attaching student signatures to a student generated doc. Examine current events for examples of how respect makes life easier in our community and state. Assessments: Generating procedures and rules for class, writing the class list with signature. Quiz on the rights on being a classroom citizen and US citizen.

January 1 Week

Enduring Understanding: Geography influences the inhabitants who contribute to Utahs Culture. Core Standards/ Objectives: 1.1- Investigate the relationship between physical geography and Utahs settlement, land use, and economy. 1.2- Examine the interrelationship between Utahs climate, location, and life. 1.4- Examine how people affect the geography of Utah. 2.1- Examine the contributions of Native American Indians to the culture of Utah. 2.2- Investigate the importance of explorers to Utahs settlement.

January & February- 4 Weeks

Topics: Landforms: major mountains, valleys, bodies of water Climate: latitude, elevation, longitude Natural Forces: earthquakes, volcanic actions, mudslides, flooding Historic and pre-historic Indian tribes of Utah Migration Reasons for Exploration Recognize/ use different types of maps Locate and identify important physical features, counties, and major cities Identify aspects of Native American Indian culture and traditions Essential Questions: 1. What makes Utahs geography unique? 2. How does geography influence settlement? 3. Happens when cultures collide/ connect? 4. How does settlement impact Utahs geography today?

Activities: Introduce students to history textbook: explain text features including layout, headings, captions, subheadings, table of contents, index (textbook scavenger hunt). Analyze political, physical, and topographical maps of Utah and describe features of map (observations) on three-column notes. Investigate historic and prehistoric Utah Indian cultures in relation to geography by comparing locations of tribes with physical regions of Utah. Read primary source documents including diary/journal entries and maps to uncover the motivations and challenges of Utahs explorers, Examine todays use of Utahs natural resources in the perspective of Native American Indians, explorers, and pioneers. KUER We Shall Remain Activities

Assessments: Create a 3D map of Utah with all of the landforms being represented. This will be a take home project. Map quiz on the landforms of Utah Create an individual or group version using the format from the book A is for Arches by Becky Hall that details one or all of the following; Utahs early inhabitants, geographic features, explorers or pioneers, mountain men. Vocabulary quiz on explorers and Native American Content words.

February & March- 5 Weeks

Enduring Understanding: Utahs transition from territory to statehood was a struggle that resulted from its unique history.

Core Standards/ Objectives: 2.3- Describe the significance of pioneers in Utah history. 3.1- Examine Utahs struggle for statehood.

Topics: Patterns of Utah settlement Influence of Utah settlers past & present State of Deseret Compromise of 1850 Territorial Governors: (Brigham Young, Alfred Cumming) Utah War (Johnstons Army) -Chief Wakara Black Hawk War Mountain Meadows Massacre Bear River Massacre Transcontinental Railroad Reynolds vs. The United States -EdmondsTucker Act 1887 Womens Suffrage Separation of Church and State

Activities: Analyze primary source documents such as diaries/journals, maps and documents to determine bias, weigh evidence and evaluate arguments. Contributions of all groups who migrated to or originated from Utah. Sort events pertaining to life in Utah Territory and place them in categories of Economics, government, religion, and conflict. Debate the pro s and con s of becoming a state Analyze Reynolds vs. the United States and John Stewart Mills for cause and effect.

Assessments: Student will rank the top five stumbling blocks to statehood and explain why they are placed them that order. Write a letter to the U.S. government requesting statehood. Address at least three of the five stumbling blocks as you justify your reasons for admission as a state.

March 2 Weeks

Enduring Understanding: - The structure and function of Utahs government impacts life in our state.

Core Standards/ Objectives: 3.2- Examine the structure and function of city, county and state governments.

Topics: Organization of Township Organization of City Organization of County Government Local officials & responsibilities State legislative, judicial and executive branches of government Balance of State power, checks & balances Utah State Constitution

Activities: Visit city/township and county websites to determine services provided to local residents and find names of local officials. Have students brainstorm local services that need improvement and write a formal letter to the appropriate local official addressing needs, concerns, and proposal for action. Research the current relationship between Utahs American Indian Nations and State government.

Assessments: Utah government quiz Compare/contrast the three branches of Utah State government. In cooperative groups, create visual representations of the functions of each branch (poster, Power point, Prezi)