Standards Based Grading Checklists

These checklists are for 7th Grade Ancient History based off of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. At the end of each unit students have an "exit interview" for the unit where they present all of the work that they have completed. I will run through the list with them, for each item they may verbally answer, or show me where they have already demonstrated mastery of that concept (either in projects they have completed, mastery tests, or other work they have done). Once they have mastered all the standards for a unit, it goes in my book as "Mastered" and they move on to the next unit.

Name: ______________________ Period: _______

Human Origins in Africa through the Neolithic Age

7.1 Describe the great climatic and environmental changes that shaped the earth and eventually permitted the growth of human life. (H)

7.2 Identify sites in Africa where archaeologists have found evidence of the origins of modern human beings and describe what the archaeologists found. (G, H)

7.3 Describe the characteristics of the hunter-gatherer societies of the Paleolithic Age (their use of tools and fire, basic hunting weapons, beads and other jewelry).

7.4 Explain the importance of the invention of metallurgy and agriculture (the growing of crops and the domestication of animals).

7.5 Describe how the invention of agriculture related to settlement, population growth, and the emergence of civilization. (H)

7.6 Identify the characteristics of civilizations. (H, G, E)
A.  the presence of geographic boundaries and political institutions

B.  an economy that produces food surpluses

C.  a concentration of population in distinct areas or cities

D.  the existence of social classes

E.  developed systems of religion, learning, art, and architecture

F.  a system of record keeping


Name: ______________________ Period: _______
Mesopotamia: Site of Several Ancient River Civilizations, c. 3500-1200 BC/BCE

7.12 On a historical map of the Mediterranean region, locate the Mediterranean and Red Seas, the Nile River and Delta, and the areas of ancient Nubia and Egypt. Identify the locations of ancient Upper and Lower Egypt and explain what the terms mean. On a modern map, identify the modern countries of Egypt and Sudan.

7.13 Describe the kinds of evidence that have been used by archaeologists and historians to draw conclusions about the social and economic characteristics of Ancient Nubia (the Kingdom of Kush) and their relationship to the social and economic characteristics of Ancient Egypt.

7.14 Describe the role of the pharaoh as god/king, the concept of dynasties, the importance of at least one Egyptian ruler, the relationship of pharaohs to peasants, and the role of slaves in ancient Egypt.

7.15 Describe the polytheistic religion of ancient Egypt with respect to beliefs about death, the afterlife, mummification, and the roles of different deities.

7.16 Summarize important achievements of Egyptian civilization
a.       the agricultural system

b.      the invention of a calendar

c.       monumental architecture and art such as the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza

d.      hieroglyphic writing

e.      the invention of papyrus


Name: ________________________ Period: ___________
Phoenicia, c. 1000-300 BC/BCE

7.17 On a map of the ancient Mediterranean world, locate Greece, Asia Minor, Crete, Phoenicia, the Aegean, and the Red Sea. On a modern map, locate Greece, Crete, Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria. (G)

7.18 Identify the Phoenicians as the successors to the Minoans in dominating maritime trade in the Mediterranean from c. 1000-300 BC/BCE. Describe how the Phoenician writing system was the first alphabet (with 22 symbols for consonants) and the precursor of the first complete alphabet developed by the ancient Greeks (with symbols representing both consonants and vowels).

The Roots of Western Civilization: Ancient Greece, c. 800-300 BC/BCE

7.19 On a historical map of the Mediterranean, locate Asia Minor, Greece and Mesopotamia, the kingdoms of the Hittites and ancient Israel, and Egypt. On a modern map, locate Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the area governed by the Palestinian Authority, Syria, and Turkey

7.20 Identify the ancient Israelites, or Hebrews, and trace their migrations from Mesopotamia to the land called Canaan, and explain the role of Abraham and Moses in their history.

7.21 Describe the monotheistic religion of the Israelite. (H)
a.       the belief that there is one God

b.      the Ten Commandments

c.       the emphasis on individual worth and personal responsibility

d.      the belief that all people must adhere to the same moral obligations, whether ruler or ruled

e.      the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) as part of the history of early Israel.

7.22 Describe the unification of the tribes of Israel under Kings Saul, David, and Solomon, including David’s founding of Jerusalem as his capital city in 1000 BC/BCE and the building of the first temple by Solomon.

7.23 Explain the expulsion/dispersion of the Jews to other lands (referred to as the Diaspora) after the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem in 70 AD/CE, and the renaming of the country by the Romans


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