In seventh grade, students will explore global perspectives on contemporary issues and worldwide interdependence. The interconnected world we live in today requires that Iowa students be well-educated about worldwide issues to cultivate diplomacy, effective citizenship, and global competitiveness. Students will examine challenges facing the world community such as hunger, population, conflict, global environmental challenges, human rights, poverty, energy scarcity, global health, education, immigration, globalization, and other political, economic, social, and ecological concerns. Students are asked dive into focused inquiries that drive their learning. Students will take authentic roles and work collaboratively, as well as independently, to acquire the knowledge and skills to develop answers to big questions. This approach relies on a student-centered learning and culminates in students who are informed and prepared to take actions on today's global issues.