HIGH SCHOOL: SOCIAL STUDIES

Curriculum for the Digital Generation

HIGH SCHOOL : SOCIAL STUDIES

StrongMind Social Studies courses focus on the study of the past and how it applies to the future. Throughout the courses, students develop their understanding of the past by studying primary sources, comparing social movements, and exploring ancient cultures.

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COURSE INTRO VIDEOS

World History A

World History B

American History A

Economics

COURSE CATALOG

WORLD HISTORY A

In World History students A will explore the key events and global historical developments from hunter-gatherer societies to the Industrial Revolution.

They begin with analysis of early prehistoric people from the Paleolithic era to the Agricultural Revolution. Students then will follow the rise and fall of early empires and then consider the fall of the Rome Empire and its aftermath. Continuing through the Middle Ages, students analyze the Crusades, feudalism, the plague, and Asian empires.

 

They will explore the impact and effects of the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation on human culture and analyze conflicts between the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant and Catholic reformers. By examining the Age of Exploration, students will study European explorers seeking out new trade routes to Asia, the discovery of the Americas, the rise of joint-stock companies, the slave trade, and emergence of the American colonies. Students will also analyze important revolutions in history.

 

Throughout the course, students will 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.

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WORLD HISTORY B

World History B students will pick up where World History A concluded by examining revolutions in the world and the establishment of European colonies around the globe.

Students in this course begin by exploring European colonies and the impact of European imperialistic desires on those colonies. Students will then trace the thwarting of the Napoleonic Empire and how imperialism led to great wealth for many nations. Students will also 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.

 

Then they examine the two spheres of influence that emerged after World War II The course explores the power vacuum that emerged following the Cold War and how its end affected various nations in the world. Students will complete the course by analyzing modern-day concerns.

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AMERICAN HISTORY A

In this course, students will learn how the story of America starts with a journey that includes clashes between cultures, noble ideas and aspirations.

Students realize how looking back through America’s history, the lofty ideas that have become the American spirit. America’s foundation rests on the self-evident truth that everyone is endowed with equal rights. In this course, students will begin with the closing of the Silk Road, and continue with European exploration and the impact Europeans had on the lives of those native to North America. Students will also learn about the founding of British colonies through World War I. Students take a special focus on the ideas that shaped the history of those living in the United States.
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AMERICAN HISTORY B

In American History B, students continue after World War I with the economic boom of the era known as the “Roaring Twenties.”

Then then they will trace America’s involvement in World War II and the Cold War, the Vietnam War and Korean War. Students will learn about pivotal events in the administrations of presidents and examine domestic and global events as the United States emerges into the 21st century, Along the way, students will explore some of the key individuals who contributed to the events and policies that have shaped the decades discussed within these lessons.
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AMERICAN CIVICS & GOVERNMENT

American Civics and Government provides students with basic knowledge of the history and philosophy of the United States government and its principles, which guide our democracy.

Students will examine the United States Constitution to answer questions and determine the facts of government. They will also focus on the functions and duties of the three branches of government. Students pay special attention to political participation, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and government systems of the world. Students will study political institutions to explore the history, organization, and functions of the US government. In Civics and Government, students will look closely at the political knowledge and values of the country and gives students a look at the balance of powers in the country.
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CIVICS: CITIZENSHIP

This is not a credit-bearing course. The purpose is to prepare students for—and capture the successful completion of—the citizenship test required in certain states.

This course reviews and assesses knowledge about the government of the United States, citizens’ rights and responsibilities, and American history. It provides students with a brief history and philosophy of the United States government and its principles, which guide our democracy.

 

Specifically, students learn about the US Constitution and its amendments, the branches of government, the various rights and responsibilities of citizens, the US economy, the nation’s geography and symbols, as well as other related areas. The course reinforces the importance of knowledge in fully realizing active citizenship, and it culminates in a final exam that mirrors the required citizenship test.

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ECONOMICS

In Economics, students explore principles that allow them 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 will 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 will then receive an overview of economics, including scarcity and economic systems of the world.

 

Exploring microeconomics, they will 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 will 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.

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