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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
 
 
 
 
 
Galileo   
 
 
 
 
 

The Middle Passage  
 
 
 
 
 
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