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High School: Social Studies

Curriculum for the Digital Generation

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Learning lessons from the past using Primavera’s interactive social studies format is exciting. Students take virtual field trips such as visiting the Challenger Space Center and experience history in a whole new way.

COURSE CATALOG

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World History A traces the development of civilization from the earliest known cultures to the American Industrial Period. Throughout the course, students will use primary and secondary sources, textbook readings, videos, and multimedia presentations. These resources will help the student develop an understanding of the economic, geographic, political, and social factors influencing the development of western civilization. Students will prepare unit projects and participate in discussion forums every week. Throughout the course, students examine and analyze materials that describe historical periods and interact with primary and secondary sources, readings, biographies, and other materials that paint a picture of world history and encourage students to explore historical topics. Discussions with peers help students think creatively and critically about topics. The projects that span the course are designed to develop and sharpen the students’ writing skills.

Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: None

World History B picks up where World History A concluded with examining revolutions in the world and the establishment of European colonies around the globe. This course begins by exploring European colonies and the impact of European imperialistic desires on those colonies, in some instances leading to rebellions and in others to war crimes. Students trace the thwarting of the Napoleonic Empire and how imperialism led to great wealth for many nations. They analyze how this promoted cultural differences and led to nationalism, eventually resulting in World War I. Students analyze the effects of the First World War, including the Great Depression and internal colonial rebellions, and how this set the stage for the Second World War. Students then examine the two spheres of influence that emerged after World War II, resulting in a 45-year Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, with global effects on political, cultural, and economic realms. The course explores the power vacuum that emerged following the Cold War and how its end affected various nations in the world.

Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: World History A

Honors World History A provides students with an overview of the history of human society from early civilization to the contemporary period, examining political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural developments. Throughout the course, students examine and analyze materials that describe historical periods and interact with primary and secondary sources, readings, biographies, and other materials that paint a picture of world history and encourage students to explore historical topics. Discussions with peers help students think creatively and critically about topics. The projects that span the course are designed to develop and sharpen the students’ writing skills.

Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: None

Honors World History B continues where Honors World History A ends and provides students with an overview of the history of human society from early civilization to the contemporary period, examining political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural developments.

Suggested grade level: 10
Prerequisites: Honors World History A

This course covers the discovery, development, and growth of the United States. Major topics include; American Indian cultures, European colonization of the Americas, and the causes and effects of the American Revolution. Geographical, economic, and political factors are explores as the key factors in the growth of the United States of America.

Suggested grade level: 11
Prerequisites: None

American History B begins with a study of American life before the 1929 Stock Market crash and how the Roaring Twenties influenced society in the late 19th through early 20th centuries. Students will examine the causes and consequences of the Great Depression and move on into a detailed study of World War II with an emphasis on America’s role in the conflict. The course continues with an analysis of the Cold War struggle and America’s rise as a superpower. The Civil Rights and Women’s rights movements, pollution and the environment, and American domestic and foreign policy will be examined. The course wraps up with a summary of current events and issues, including a study of the Middle East.

Suggested grade level: 11
Prerequisites: American History A

This course begins with the closing of the Silk Road, the European land route to Asia. It continues with European exploration and the impact Europeans had on the lives of those native to North America. Included in the course are the founding of British colonies in North America, the founding of the United States, the War of 1812, US western expansion, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Indian Wars, immigration, American imperialism, the Progressive movement, and World War I. Special focus is given to the ideas that shaped the history of those living in the United States. Students examine and analyze materials that describe historical periods and interact with primary and secondary sources, textbook readings, biographies, period literature, and other materials that paint a full picture of early American history and encourage students to explore historical topics. Discussions with peers help students think creatively and critically about each topic. All units include projects designed to develop and sharpen the students’ writing skills.

Suggested grade level: 11
Prerequisites: None

This course continues the story of the United States, encompassing the successes and failures of the nation in improving the human condition and espousing the unalienable rights that define the American spirit. It begins after World War I with the economic boom of the era known as the “Roaring Twenties.” It then traces America’s involvement in World War II and in the Cold War as well as proxy conflicts like the Vietnam War and Korean War. Students learn about pivotal events in the administrations of presidents including Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Clinton, and Obama. The course proceeds to examine domestic and global events as the United States emerges into the 21st century, including technology innovations, global communications, and the rise of terrorism. Along the way, the course explores some of the key individuals who contributed to the events and policies that have shaped the decades discussed within these lessons.

Suggested grade level: 11
Prerequisites: American History A

This course guides students in preparing to become engaged citizens within the United States government at all levels. The course is for high school students in order to fulfill the requirement for graduation. US Government provides students the ability to engage the government they will soon participate in. This course provides real-world connections between democratic ideals and practical activities.

Suggested grade level: 12
Prerequisites: American History A and American History B Recommended

This course guides students in preparing to become engaged citizens within the United States government at all levels. The course is for high school students in order to fulfill the requirement for graduation. US Government provides students the ability to engage the government they will soon participate in. This course provides real-world connections between democratic ideals and practical activities.

Suggested grade level: 12
Prerequisites: American History A and American History B Recommended

Economics explores principles that allow students to make informed decisions about personal finance, develop a broader understanding of national and international policies, and understand why economics impacts distribution of wealth and quality of life globally. Students begin with an analysis of basic activities such as creating a budget and using debit/credit cards and progress to discussing taxes, saving, and investing for the future. They receive an overview of economics, including scarcity and economic systems of the world. Exploring microeconomics, they learn how individuals and businesses fit into the overall economy; in macroeconomics, they learn how the government determines tax policies, overall spending, and the handling of debt. Throughout the course, students examine and analyze readings, biographies, videos, and other materials, and participate in discussions with peers. The projects that span the course are designed to develop and sharpen the students’ writing skills.

Suggested grade level: 12
Prerequisites: None

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