Curriculum for the Digital Generation
HIGH SCHOOL: SOCIAL STUDIES
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.
WORLD HISTORY A
In World History A students will explore the key events and global historical developments from hunter-gatherer societies to the Industrial Revolution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.