Grade 7 History

In Grade 7 History, our students will learn about events and issues that shaped early Canada from the 1700s to 1850. They will analyze daily life in New France and British North America. Students will explore the Underground Railroad and events such as the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812. This course is designed to be 50-75 instructional hours.

Curriculum Information: Social Studies (2018)

Developed by: D2L

Development Date: 2021

Please note that elementary courses do not have prerequisites, and Ontario schools do not issue transcript credits at the elementary level. All courses are available in the facilitated and independent pathways.



New France and British North America, 1713–1800

In the New France and British North America, 1713–1800 unit, students will learn about events, developments, and issues that shaped early Canada throughout the 1700s. They will explore daily life in New France and British North America and discuss experiences including the displacement of Indigenous communities and immigrant groups. They will analyze key events such as the Seven Years’ War, the formation of Upper and Lower Canada, Pontiac’s Resistance, and the American Revolution. Students will make connections between the past and the present, inquiring into the interactions, challenges, and contributions of people in what is now Canada.

Conflicts and Challenges in Early Canada, 1800–1850

In the Conflicts and Challenges in Early Canada, 1800–1850 unit, students will learn about significant themes that impacted early Canada during the first half of the 1800s. For example, they will explore developments like the expansion of early Canada, increasing immigration, and key political and legal changes. They will apply inquiry skills to investigate conflicts such as the War of 1812, the Lower Canada and Upper Canada Rebellions, and the Underground Railroad. Students will analyze the experiences of Indigenous peoples and immigrant groups, and will communicate the results of their inquiries using proper vocabulary and appropriate formats.

This course is entirely online and does not require nor rely on any textbook. Students will require the following resources:

  • A scanner, smartphone camera, or similar device to digitize handwritten or hand-drawn work
  • A device to record audio
  • A printer
  • A physical binder, folder, or notebook for offline activities
  • Various household items to complete offline activities
  • Pencil, coloured pencils, ruler

Through a balance of problem-solving and direct instruction, students develop a strong foundation of history processes, knowledge, and skills to apply in real-world contexts. The course utilizes a combination of technology and offline activities, providing opportunities to develop an understanding of skills and concepts in interactive and concrete ways and engage multiple learning styles. The lessons feature a variety of intriguing storylines, characters, videos, storybooks, and interactive games to reinforce students’ learning. These activities also build a foundation of history-related terms that students will use throughout the elementary grades.

The course relies on the assistance of a teacher to support young students through the content. The teacher will be involved in facilitating the course content, and participating in discussion-based activities to assist students in developing communication skills.

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