Alabama Course of Study: US Citizenship, Grade 7
Below you will find the standards relevant to
U.S. History from the ALCOS for Social Studies, grade
7. Beneath each standard are
to web resources
you and your students.
- Describe influences of ancient Greece,
the Magna Carta, and the Mayflower Compact on the
government of the United States
Compare the government of the United States
with other governmental systems.
Describe essential characteristics of state
and local governments in the United States.
the Causes: The Declaration of Independence
Series of 8 lessons on the Declaration of Independence in which students investigate
the complaints being made by the colonists and understand the document's purpose.
Charters of Freedom
Interactive website on the documents of the American Revolution and the new government
(The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights) provided
by the National Archives.
A collection of links to external lesson plans for teaching about the Constitution
Compare duties and functions of members
of legislative, executive, and judicial branches
of local, state, and national governments.
for Kids: Alabama
Compilation of links to official websites for Alabama's branches of government,
the Constitution, and various Departments and agencies.
Website for the state of Alabama, with links for
finding names and contact information for state
and local government officials as well as state
and federal representatives.
- Overview of Alabama Constitutions
Brief history of Alabama's six state Constitutions.
- 1901 Alabama Constitution
Online text of document, with summary of each article
along left margin.
Describe examples of conflict, cooperation,
and interdependence of groups, societies, and nations,
using past and current events.
- Congress Lesson Plan
The students will research and present a computer
slide-show on the requirements of office of the
Senate and the House of Representatives and a special
focus on the two Senators and a House member from
one selected state. The students will create an
election brochure in which they themselves will
run for one of the above offices.
- Separation of Powers
Lesson plan in which students define the concept
of federalism, describe how federalism works
at government and school levels, and create
a written proposal outlining the powers a school-wide
government should hold and the powers individual
classrooms should hold.
- Checks and Balances Lesson Plan
Uses flow charts to explain the balance of power
between the branches of the U.S. government and
then has students participate in a simulation
where they represent different branches of government
in the lawmaking process.
- Balancing Three Branches at Once
Using primary source documents, your students can
see clear demonstrations of how one branch of our
government can check another.
- What Does the President of the United States
Students will create a wiki page that reflects
the President of the United States fulfilling
five of his formal or informal roles. Students
use the Internet to visit the White House
Photo Gallery and capture snapshots of the President
of the United States fulfilling his roles.
will create a Wiki page on which they display
pictures of the President fulfilling his roles
the role being fulfilled.
Civil Rights Institute
Website for BCRI, with extensive resources page, searchable archive, photo
gallery, and online exhibits on the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
Rights Movement Unit
Unit Plan from the AL Dept. of History and Archives which chronicles the Civil
Rights Movement in Alabama.
Parks and the Civil Rights Movement
This lesson introduces students to Rosa Parks and the beginning of the Montgomery
Bus Boycott. After considering the impact of Ms. Parks' heroism, students will
explore its relevance to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Students
will learn new vocabulary and will answer a questionnaire that will be published
on the web. Students will then create a tribute to Rosa Parks' heroism that
will be submitted to a classroom book.
of the Civil Rights Movement
Brief article from History.com describing Alabama's role in the Civil Rights
Movement. Also includes links to more detailed information about the movement
and specific people and events.
Timeline of the Civil Rights Movement from CNN