MYP Individuals and Societies - Grade 7

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Summary:
 
MYP Individuals and Societies incorporates disciplines traditionally studied under the general term “the humanities” (such as history and philosophy), as well as disciplines in the social sciences (such as economics, geography, sociology and political science). It encourages learners to respect and understand the world around them and equips them with necessary skills to inquire into historical, contemporary, geographical, political, social, economic, religious, technological, and cultural factors that have an impact on individuals, societies, and environments. In this subject group, students can engage with exciting, stimulating and personally relevant topics and issues which helps them to appreciate the diversity of human culture, attitudes and beliefs. The approach includes a strong focus on inquiry and investigation. Students, collect, describe and analyze data; test hypotheses; and learn how to interpret information.
 
Units and topics:
UNIT 1: Dynamic Earth
 
Students will:
  • be familiarized with the Solar System and its impact on Earth's climate list major Earth Systems
  • analyze the impact natural disasters have on the 
  • living and non-lining environments explain the water cycle, weathering, erosion, and the movement of tectonic plates
Unit 3: Ancient Civilizations
 
Students will:
  • define history
  • analyze developments that enabled creation of the first complex societies
  • study formation of the first kingdoms and  empires and other social systems
UNIT 2: MUN - Environment
 
Students will:
  • analyze information related to environmental issues (clean water, renewable energy, sustainable cities, climate action, industry & innovation, etc.)
  • consider different perspectives
  • build arguments and counterarguments
  • communicate their findings using appropriate style and format
 
Unit 4: Living History
 
Students will:
  • understand with it means to be a role model  and a self-actualized person
  • identify and describe people who were able  to contribute to society in a positive way and  become great human beings
  • communicate ideas, give opinions, and draw conclusions
Aims:  As stated in the Individuals and Societies guide, the aims of MYP I&S are to encourage and enable students to
  • Appreciate human and environmental commonalities and diversity
  • Understand the interactions and interdependence of individuals, societies, and the environment
  • Understand how both environmental and human systems operate and evolve
  • Identify and develop concern for the well-being of human communities and the natural environment
  • Act as responsible citizens of local and global communities
  • Develop inquiry skills that lead towards conceptual understandings of the relationships between individuals, societies, and the environments in which they live
Assessment criteria: Feedback on and final levels of achievement for assessments are based on four equally weighted assessment criteria:
 
Assessment Criteria
At the end of year 6, students should be able to:
A
Knowing and understanding
  • use vocabulary in context
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject-specific content, 
  • using descriptions, explanations and examples.
B
Investigating
  • explain a choice of a research question
  • follow an action plan to explore a research question
  • collect and record relevant information consistent with the research question
  • reflect on the process and results of the investigation.
C
Communicating
  • communicate information and ideas with clarity
  • organize information and ideas effectively for the task
  • list sources of information in a way that follows the task instructions.
D
Thinking Critically
  • identify the main points of ideas, events, visual representations or arguments
  • use information to give an opinion
  • identify and analyze a range of sources/data in terms of origin and purpose
  • identify different views and their implications.
Required materials - Please bring the following materials to every class:
  • Charged laptop
  • Notebook
  • Agenda
  • Writing Utensils

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