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In order to become historically literate, students need regular practice in using both the language and skills of the discipline. The Stanford History Education Group's Reading Like a Historian curriculum is a research based, systematic approach that guides students and teachers through the process of becoming historically literate, all while meeting the demands required by the Common Core State Standards.
Please see below for the materials needed to implement Reading Like a Historian in Grade 7. Note that each lesson is preceded by a standards alignment page. The standards alignment contain two primary focus standards: one for reading and one for writing. These standards are indicated in bold. While the standards do not function in isolation, teachers should emphasize the standards bolded in each instructional component.
The writing emphasis for the first instructional component is expository and for the second is argument, at each grade level.
For additional information on assisting low-achieving students, high-achieving students, students with disabilities, and English learners click here.  
 Semester One  Semester Two                   
Pope Leo and Attila the Hun
The Dark Ages
Expansion of the Islamic Empire
The First Crusade
Ibn Buttuta 
Understanding the Black Death
Mansa Musa
The Black Death in Florence
Atahualpa and the Bible
Martin Luther
Moctezuma and Cortes

The Middle Passage