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Social Science Classes

Social Science courses focus on developing research and historical analysis skills while gaining historical, cultural, and geographic fluency. Students learn to think as historians while forming and supporting their own data based opinions.

American History I

American History I introduces students to key events in the history of the western hemisphere with emphasis on the development of the United States.  Students begin to develop formal academic research and writing skills as they study original documents and secondary sources and create their own analyses.

American History II

American History II expands on the foundation laid in American History I.  Students delve deeper into research and analysis as they study key events in the history of the Western Hemisphere.  They learn to evaluate other historians research, peruse original documents, and prepare to draw and defend their own conclusions about American History and the American Experience.

Sample Third Trimester American History Essay Test  –  Sample Research Assignment   

Sample student papers:  Hiroshima and Nagasaki   –  The Watergate Scandal  –  The Manhattan Project

Government and Economics I

Students learn the foundations and principles of government by studying the works of contemporary and historic political authors.  The study the constitution and other founding documents as they create, revise, and maintain their own functional government and economy.  Students also experiment with and apply personal and general finance, economics, and business principles as they create and run businesses, make purchases, pay taxes, and finance the government. 

MS: Sample Midyear Government Written Discussion  –  Mini Economy and Government Project

 

Government and Economics II

Students learn the foundations and principles of government by studying the works of contemporary and historic political authors.  The study the constitution and other founding documents as they create, revise, and maintain their own functional government and economy.  Students also experiment with and apply personal and general finance, economics, and business principles as they create and run businesses, make purchases, pay taxes, and finance the government. Government and Economics II students take larger roles in the student government and economy, and engage in historical and contemporary research as well as creating real world policy evaluations and proposals.

HS: Sample Beginning of Year Government Test  –  Mini Economy and Government Project

World Geography

In World Geography students become familiar with the physical and political geographic properties of the world. Students will study history for understanding of how geological factors affect civilizations, cultures including the areas of economic, political, and social development.

World History I

World History I course covers human history up to 1500 CE. Students will research and learn about human development and ancient cultures from around the globe, broadening their understanding of contemporary culture as they compare and contrast with earlier ones.

World History II

In World History II students will engage in a study of the political, cultural, social, and economic conditions from 1500 to present. Students hone their research skills and discuss how the past shapes the world we live in today.  

Sample Midyear World II History Essay Test with Student Answers