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Social Studies Curriculum – High School Level

AMERICAN HISTORY I: THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES
The curriculum for American History I: The Founding Principles can be accessed by clicking on the following link:
American History I: The Founding Principles
    
There are two required American History courses at the high school level: American History I: The Founding Principles and American History II. American History I: The Founding Principles begins with the European exploration of the new world through Reconstruction. Students will learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the development of colonial America and the outbreak of the American Revolution as well as the consequences of the Revolution, including the writing and key ideas of the U.S. Constitution. This course will guide students as they study the establishment of political parties, America’s westward expansion, the growth of sectional conflict, how that sectional conflict led to the Civil War, and the consequences of the Civil War, including Reconstruction.

 

AMERICAN HISTORY II
The curriculum for American History II can be accessed by clicking on the following link:
American History II
    
The American History II course will guide students from the late nineteenth century time period through the early 21st century. Students will examine the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the end of the Reconstruction era to present times. This course traces the change in the ethnic composition of American society, the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women, and the role of the United States as a major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. The desired outcome of this course is for students to develop an understanding of the cause-and-effect relationship between past and present events, recognize patterns of interactions, and understand the impact of events on in the United States in an interconnected world.

 

WORLD HISTORY
The curriculum for World History can be accessed by clicking on the following link:
World History
     
The World History course addresses six (6) periods in the study of World History, with a key focus of study from the mid 15th century to present. The essential standards for World History have been written conceptually and identify the most critical knowledge and skills that students need to learn in this course. The desired outcome of this course is that students develop relevant enduring understandings of current world issues and relate them to their historical, political, economic, geographical and cultural contexts. As students examine the historical roots of significant events, ideas, movements, and phenomena, they encounter the contributions and patterns of civilizations of the past and societies around the world.

 

CIVICS AND ECONOMICS
The curriculum for Civics and Economics can be accessed by clicking on the following link:
Civics and Economics
    
Civics and Economics has been developed as a course that provides a framework for understanding the basic tenets of American democracy, practices of American government as established by the United States Constitution, basic concepts of American politics and citizenship, and concepts in macro and micro economics and personal finance. The essential standards of this course are organized under three strands – Civics and Government, Personal Financial Literacy, and Economics. The Civics and Government strand is framed to develop understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, the skills necessary to participate as effective and responsible citizens, and the knowledge of how to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict. The Economic and Personal Financial Literacy strands are framed to provide students with an understanding of the role economic factors play in making economic decisions, the ability to reason logically about key economic issues, and the knowledge and skills needed to manage personal financial resources effectively for lifetime financial security.

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Published by Valerie Robinson on January 19, 2017
        
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