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Social Studies Curriculum

AP US History

Teacher: Mark Doebele 
Length: 1 year/1 credit
Course Description: The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials — their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance — and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP U.S. History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. The approach to this course includes, but is not limited to, the following elements: development of substantial knowledge of social, cultural, political, economic and military events relevant to history of the United States; development of assessment and interpretive skills; development of “map skills”, and the development of communicative skills through the writing of coherent, analytical essays.

Course Objectives:
The student will

  • Demonstrate a mastery of a broad body of historical knowledge
  • Use historical evidence to defend and support basic arguments and positions
  • Differentiate between various schools of historical thought and interpretation
  • Interpret and draw conclusions from various pieces of historical data including original documents, cartoons, graphs, etc.
  • Demonstrate an effective use of analytical skills of evaluation, cause-and-effect relationships, and compare and contrast
  • Work effectively in groups to produce products, make presentations, and solve problems

Course Outline:

  • Unit 1: New World Beginnings (33,000 B.C.- A.D. 1769)
  • Unit 2: The Planting of English America (1500-1733)
  • Unit 3: Settling the Northern Colonies (1619-1700)
  • Unit 4: American Life in the Seventeenth Century (1607-1692)
  • Unit 5: Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution (1700-1775)
  • Unit 6: The Duel for North America (1608-1763)
  • Unit 7: The Road to Revolution (1763-1775)
  • Unit 8: America Secedes from the Empire (1775-1783)
  • Unit 9: The Confederation and the Constitution 1776-1790
  • Unit 10: Launching the New Ship of State 1789-1800
  • Unit 11: The Triumphs and Travails of the Jeffersonian Republic 1800-1812
  • Unit 12: The Second War for Independence and the Upsurge of Nationalism
  • Unit 13: The Rise of Mass Democracy (1824-1840)
  • Unit 14: Forging the National Economy (1790-1860)
  • Unit 15: The Ferment of Reform and Culture 1790-1860
  • Unit 16: The South and the Slavery Controversy 1793-1860
  • Unit 17: Manifest Destiny and Its Legacy 1841-1848
  • Unit 18: Renewing the Sectional Struggle (1848-1854)
  • Unit 19: Drifting Toward Disunion 1854-1861
  • Unit 20: Girding for the War: The North and the South 1861-1865
  • Unit 21: The Furnace of Civil War 1861-1865
  • Unit 22: The Ordeal of Reconstruction 1865-1877
  • Unit 23: Political Paralysis in the Gilded Age 1869-1896
  • Unit 24: Industry Comes of Age 1865-1900
  • Unit 25: America Moves to the City 1865-1900
  • Unit 26: The Great West and the Agricultural Revolution (1865-1896)
  • Unit 27: Empire and Expansion (1890-1909)
  • Unit 28: Progressivism and the Republican Roosevelt (1901-1912)
  • Unit 29: Wilsonian Progressivism at Home and Abroad (1912-1916)
  • Unit 30: The War to End War (1917-1918)
  • Unit 31: American Life in the “Roaring Twenties” (1919-1929)
  • Unit 32: The Politics of Boom and Bust (1920-1932)
  • Unit 33: The Great Depression and the New Deal (1933-1939)
  • Unit 34: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Shadow of War (1933-1941)
  • Unit 35: America in World War II (1941-1945)
  • Unit 36: The Cold War Begins (1945-1952)
  • Unit 37: The Eisenhower Era (1952-1960)
  • Unit 38: The Stormy Sixties (1960-1968)
  • Unit 39: The Stalemated Seventies (1968-1980)
  • Unit 40: The Resurgence of Conservatism (1980-1992)
  • Unit 41: America Confronts the Post-Cold War Era (1992-2004)

AP Government

Teacher: Hannah Swafford 
Length: 1 semester/.5 credit
Course Description: Honors Government is designed to give students an analytical perspective on government and politics within the United States. Specifically, this course will focus on the Constitution; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; the Congress, presidency, bureaucracy, and the federal courts; public policy; and civil rights and liberties. The course will require students to master historical and analytic skills, including; chronological and spatial thinking, historical research and interpretation. Students will evaluate viewpoints presented through major print and electronic media, understand statistical data and analyze trends related to significant political events.

Course Objectives

Gain a greater understanding of:

  • The constitutional foundation of the United States government and the general themes of the government.
  • The political beliefs of American citizens and the opportunities citizens have to participate in the political process
  • How mass media, interest groups and political parties influence the daily functioning of government.
  • The principal institutions that make up US Government.
  • How public policy is created and the factors that influence this.
  • The development of civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Supreme Court Decisions that have impacted citizen’s rights.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Foundations of Government
  • Unit 2: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
  • Unit 3: Institutions of Government/ Branches
  • Unit 4: Political Beliefs and Behaviors
  • Unit 5: Political Parties & Interest Groups


Teacher: Shelby Spitz
Length: 1 semester/.5 credit
Course Description: This course is a survey of the U.S. government structure, systems and political processes. Content will include factors that influence U.S. government at the national, state, and local levels. This course prepares students to become responsible/aware members of American society, to think critically about political issues, and to express informed opinions about questions of government through a variety of different formats.

Course Objectives:
The student will

  • Understand the purposes of government, and the basic constitutional principles of the United States republican form of government.
  • Know the structure and function of local, state, and national government and how citizen involvement shapes public policy.
  • Know the political relationship of the United States and its citizens to other nations and to world affairs.
  • Understand how citizens exercise the roles, rights and responsibilities of participation in civic life at all levels - local, state and national.

Course Outline:

  • Unit 1: Intro to Government/ Civil Liberties
  • Unit 2: Civil Liberties/ Protecting Individual Rights
  • Unit 3: The Constitution/ Judicial Branch
  • Unit 4: Powers of the Government
  • Unit 5: Political Parties
  • Unit 6: Congress
  • Unit 7: The President

Honors World History

Teacher: Brooke Davis
1 year/1 credit
Textbook: ISBN- 0-618-42770-8 The Earth and Its People (A Global History)
Course Description: Honors World History is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will facilitate their understanding of the evolution of global processes through the study of interaction among different societies. Focuses include encounters and interactions among the major societies and how their actions (political, economic, technological, and environmental) have both initiated change and allow for continuities over time, from 5000 BC to the present. The curriculum — in terms of both content and skills — is based on five overarching themes which serve throughout the course as unifying threads, helping put what is particular about each period or society into a larger framework. The five themes we will focus on are: Interaction between humans and environment; Development and interaction of cultures; State-building, expansion, and conflict; Creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and Development and transformation of social structures.

Course Outline:

  • Unit 1: The Emergence of Human Communities, to 500 B.C.
  • Unit 2: The Formation of New Cultural Communities, 1000-600 A.D.
  • Unit 3: Competition Among Cultural Communities, 600-1200
  • Unit 4: Interregional Patterns of Culture and Contact, 1200-1550
  • Unit 5: The Globe Encompassed, 1500-1750
  • Unit 6: Revolutions Reshape the World, 1750-1870
  • Unit 7: Global Diversity and Dominance, 1850-1945


Teacher: Brooke Davis
Length: 1 semester/.5 credit
Course Description: sychology is the science and profession concerned with the behavior of humans and how the mind functions. This course will look at the content and terminology of the discipline. A course in general psychology gives the students the opportunity to develop methods of learning and study; to prepare for parenthood, family life, and careers; and to learn about the range of services provided by psychologists. Through the use of class notes, current media, case studies and class discussion, the student will explore the theories and assertions that are open to question in the light of new information.

Course Outline:

  • What is Psychology?
    • History
    • Contemporary Perspectives
    • Research Strategies/Observation methods
  • Consciousness
    • Sleep and Dreams
    • Hypnosis/Meditation and Biofeedback
    • Drugs / Consciousness
  • Lifespan
    • Prenatal / Newborn
    • Infancy / Childhood
    • Adolescence / Adulthood
  • Sensation Perception
    • Vision / Hearing
    • Perceptual Organization
    • Perceptual Interpretation
  • Learning
    • Classical Conditioning
    • Operant Conditioning
    • Observation
  • Personality
    • Psychoanalytic Perspective
    • Personality Traits
    • Humanistic Perspective
  • Psychological Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Dissociative Disorders
    • Mood Disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Personality Disorders
    • Somatoform Disorders
  • Social Psychology
    • Group behaviors
    • Social Norms
    • Conforming/Obedience
    • Altruism/Bystander Effect
    • Aggression
    • Stereotyping and Assumptions

US History

Teacher: Mark Doebele and Shelby Spitz
1 year/1 credit
Course Description: This course is a study of American History starting with the beginning of the first Americans to the Eisenhower Era. Students will use different resources to study the effects of how places, events, and people have shaped who we are as a country today. The approach to this course includes, but is not limited to, the following elements: development of assessment and interpretive skills, development of higher order thinking skills, and communicative skills through a variety of writing tasks and projects.

Course Objectives:
The student will

  • understand the chronological organization of history and know to organize each events and people into major eras to identify and explain historical relationships
  • know how to use the processes and resources of historical inquiry
  • understand that societies are diverse and have changed over time
  • understand how science, technology, and economic activity have developed, changed, and affected societies throughout history
  • understand political institutions and theories that have developed and changed over time
  • know that religious and philosophical ideas have been powerful forces throughout history

Course Outline:

  • Unit 1: The Settling of America to 1750
  • Unit 2: Making a New Nation, 1750-1815
  • Unit 3: The Nation Transformed
  • Unit 4: A Nation Divided, 1848-1876
  • Unit 5: The Emergence of Industrial America
  • Unit 6: The Progressive Era
  • Unit 7: From New Era to New Deal
  • Unit 8: The United States in a Turbulent World

World Geography

Teacher: Hannah Swafford
1 semester/.5 credit
Course Description:
This course is designed for students to learn about the constantly changing world in which we live. Students will study the relationship between culture, history, physical geography and human interaction with the land. Through these studies, students will have a growing understanding of the influences of geography over history and the development of distinct cultures and nations in the world around them.

Course Objectives: The student will: Discuss the relevance of geography to the development of culture. Identify the differences between human geography and physical geography and explain their independent variations. Formulate their own opinions and provide sufficient support on relevant conflicts between geographic regions.

Course Outline:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Geography
  • Unit 2: The United States & Canada 
  • Unit 3: Latin America
  • Unit 4: Europe 
  • Unit 5: Central & East Asia 
  • Unit 6: The Middle East
  • Unit 7: Africa 
World History

Teacher: Bill Garner
1 year/1 credit
Prentice Hall's World History - Connections to Today
Course Description:
World History covers a variety of information spanning about 6000 years! Beginning with early civilizations, Biblical times, and ancient history all the way through World War Two.
Course Objectives: Students will understand development of civilizations, specific emphasis on Europe's development, go through major empires in history, and a continual development leading toward the modern world.

Course Outline:

  • Unit 1: Early Civilizations and Biblical Times
  • Unit 2: Ancient Egypt
  • Unit 3: Ancient India and China
  • Unit 4: Ancient Greece
  • Unit 5: Ancient Rome and Christianity
  • Unit 6: Ancient American Civilizations
  • Unit 7: Europe and the Middle Ages
  • Unit 8: Asia Revisited
  • Unit 9: Renaissance and Reformation
  • Unit 10: Global Development - Europe
  • Unit 11: Enlightenment and Revolution
  • Unit 12: French Revolution and Napoleon
  • Unit 13: Industrial Revolution
  • Unit 14: Nationalism and Imperialism
  • Unit 15: World War 1
  • Unit 16: Revolutions and Crisis
  • Unit 17: World War 2