Social Studies Course Descriptions

U.S. Government
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This class is a study of national, state, and local governments. Students will study the foundations and influencing factors in American Government as well as study the differences with other types of government systems. This class will teach the students to be better citizens through participation in the democratic process. A large part of the class will focus on the U.S. Constitution and Missouri Constitution and how landmark court cases have affected the government of the United States.

Geography
Unit: 1/2
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None

Study of regions of the world including: culture, and cultural transmission of the various regions. We will also be studying the interaction and in some cases interdependence of these regions. The five themes of geography will be studied as well as mapping skills. The influence of weather, climate, ocean currents, and plate tectonics will be looked at in order for the students to see what forces influence on the Earths surface.

American History
Unit: 1
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): 8th Grade Social Studies

This class reviews the birth of the American nation to its present problems, difficulties, and victories, from the first arrival of Europeans onto the shores of North America to the battlefields of the War Between the States. The students will understand America’s policy of isolationism and how that changed when the world looked to us for help during the great world wars. The class will explore the struggles for freedom by minorities and women as well as the individuals in our history that made a difference.

World History
Unit: 1
Grade: 10-12
Prerequisite(s): None

This class deals with world history from the earliest traces of man to the present day. We will study how religious, political, and economic changes in history have brought about changes in countries and kingdoms. We will use causal connections to link past points with the present, and discuss how the world might have been changed had certain events either never happened or happened in a different manner. We will discuss how links to the past affect us today.