SOCIAL STUDIES COURSES

Geography for Life

Students will understand the world in special terms.  Students are taught the human and physical characteristics of places and regions.  Students will understand how physical processes and human activities shape the earth's surface.  Students will learn the interactions of physical and human systems.  Students will then use geographic knowledge to connect to today's world.  Every quarter students will be expected to complete an individual or group project on a topic of their choice within relevant subject matter.  

World Civilizations

Students will gain an understanding of early civilizations and their contributions to the foundations of human culture.  Students will comprehend the contributions of classical civilizations.  Students will investigate the diffusion and interaction of cultures from the Classical Period through the Age of Discovery.  Students will be taught the influences of revolution and social change in the transition from early modern to contemporary societies.  Students will also learn the interaction of peoples in the global integration of the 20th Century.  Every quarter students will be expected to complete an individual or group research project on a topic of their choice within relevant subject matter.  

US History

Students will expand their knowledge of pre-Reconstruction America.  Students will understand how the growth of industry changed the United States.  Students will recognize how social reform occurred at the turn of the century.  Students will be taught how war affected the early 20th Century.  Students will come to understand how Americans reacted to rapid social changes in the 1920's and how the Great Depression and the New Deal affected the United States.  Students will be taught the causes, course and consequences of the United States' role in World War II.  Students will understand the United States' domestic and international position in the Cold War era.  Students will understand the emergence and development of the human rights movement and culture in the modern era as well as the economic and political changes in contemporary America.  Every quarter students will be expected to complete an individual or group research project on a topic of their choice within relevant subject matter.  

US Government and Citizenship

Students will understand the significance and impact of the Constitution in everyday life.  Students will be taught the protections and privileges of individuals and groups in the United States.  Students will come to understand the distribution of power among the nation, state and local governments in the United States' federal system or compound constitutional republic.  Students will understand the responsibilities of citizens in the United States.  Students will be taught and show an understanding of the basic economic principles and how they influence our everyday life.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the United States and the international system.  Students will be expected to complete a large long-term research project.