7th Grade Social Studies Curriculum


In Grade 7, students study the history of Texas from early times to the present.  Content is presented with more depth and breadth than in Grade 4.  Students examine the full scope of Texas history, including Natural Texas and its People; Age of Contact; Spanish Colonial; Mexican National; Revolution and Republic; Early Statehood; Texas in the Civil War and Reconstruction; Cotton, Cattle and Railroads; Age of Oil; Texas in the Great Depression and World War II; Civil Rights and Conservatism; and Contemporary Texas eras. The focus in each era is on key individuals, events, and issues and their impact.

  • Students identify regions of Texas and the distribution of population within and among the regions and explain the factors that caused Texas to change from an agrarian to an urban society.
  • Students describe the structure and functions of municipal, county, and state governments, explain the influence of the U.S. Constitution on the Texas Constitution, and examine the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens.
  • Students use primary and secondary sources to examine the rich and diverse cultural background of Texas as they identify the different racial and ethnic groups that settled in Texas to build a republic and then a state.
  • Students analyze the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the development of Texas in various industries such as agricultural, energy, medical, computer, and aerospace.
  • Students use primary and secondary sources to acquire information about Texas.
  • Students identify the role of the U.S. free enterprise system within the parameters of this course and understand that this system may also be referenced as capitalism or the free market system.
  • Students understand that a constitutional republic is a representative form of government whose representatives derive their authority from the consent of the governed, serve for an established tenure, and are sworn to uphold the constitution.  

To support the teaching of the essential knowledge and skills, the use of a variety of rich primary and secondary source material such as biographies, autobiographies, novels, speeches, letters, diaries, poetry, songs, and   images is encouraged.  Motivating resources are available from museums, historical sites, presidential libraries, and local and state preservation societies.

Throughout social studies in Kindergarten-Grade 12, students build a foundation in history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, culture, science, technology and society and social studies skills  The content, as appropriate for the grade level or course, enables students to understand the important of patriotism, function in a free enterprise society, and appreciate the basic democratic values of our state and nation.



19 TAC, Title 19, Part II
Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills for Social Studies
Chapter ยง113.19 (7th Grade)
Subchapter A. Elementary

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