State Standard - Social Studies

Grade 7
Standard 5.0 History: Students will examine significant ideas, beliefs, and themes; organize patterns and events; and analyze how individuals and societies have changed over time in Maryland and the United States.
A. Individuals and Societies Change Over Time
B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires
1. Analyze the growth and the development of nations in the contemporary world
a. Describe the social, political and economic impacts of various world religions on a global society, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism
b. Compare the effects of political and cultural changes in nations such as independence movements and democratic reforms
C. Conflict between Ideas and Institutions
1. Analyze the major sources of tension and conflict in the contemporary world
a. Describe how the changes in political structures impacted individuals and groups
b. Examine the impact of philosophies and policies of leaders in the modern world
2. Analyze the major traditions, customs and beliefs of world religions and their expansion
a. Explain how the establishment of religions in areas caused conflict
b. Analyze the political and social impact of religious and traditions in areas such as Europe and the Middle East


MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at:


Date: 1/27/2015