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Core Social Studies Courses & Suggested Progression

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Academic

College-Prep

Honors

9th

10th

11th

12th

 

Social Studies

Graduation
Requirement:

3.5 credits

Including 1 credit of US History or

(beginning Class of 2017) US Government

½ credit (grades 11-12)

1 credit (grades 11-12)

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has proposed implementing the Civics and Government Keystone Exam in 2014-2015.  Therefore, beginning with students enrolled in the 9th grade class during the 2013-2014 school year, one credit in United States Government will become a graduation requirement.

 

 

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United States History

1 credit 

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This course will explore the development of the United States from the Progressive Era to the present.
This course will examine the history and influence of the United States from both national and global perspectives.  Students will identify and evaluate the significance of major historical events such as World War I, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Era and the Vietnam War.  Finally the course will focus on the continuity and change occurring in the United States over the last thirty years.

 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Identify and evaluate the political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to United States history from 1890 to the present
    • Identify and evaluate primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites important in United States history in the above era
    • Evaluate how continuity and change has influenced United States history from 1890 to the present
    • Identify and evaluate conflict and cooperation among social groups and organizations in United States history in the above era
    • Master the mandated Pennsylvania Standards in relation to United States History, Pennsylvania History, Geography and Economics for the respective grade level of this course

     

Materials:

Prentice Hall: America: Pathways to the Present

PearsonSuccessnet.com

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: On-Level

Grades Offered: 9

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College-Prep United States History

1 credit 

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This course will explore the development of the United States from the Progressive Era to the present.
This course will examine the history and influence of the United States from both national and global perspectives.  Students will identify and evaluate the significance of major historical events such as World War I, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Era and the Vietnam War.  Finally the course will focus on the continuity and change occurring in the United States over the last thirty years.

 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate the political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to United States history from 1890 to the present
  • Identify and evaluate primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites important in United States history in the above era
  • Evaluate how continuity and change has influenced United States history from 1890 to the present
  • Identify and evaluate conflict and cooperation among social groups and organizations in United States history in the above era
  • Master the mandated Pennsylvania Standards in relation to United States History, Pennsylvania History, Geography and Economics for the respective grade level of this course

Students will be expected to read additional outside resources, to engage in writing assignments utilizing higher order thinking skills and to conduct developmentally appropriate research. This academically challenging, college preparatory course is geared for students who are planning to pursue post secondary education.

 

Materials:

Prentice Hall: America: Pathways to the Present

PearsonSuccessnet.com

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: On-Level

Prerequisite: 70% or higher in previous Social Studies course

Grades Offered: 9

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Honors United States History

1 credit 

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This course will explore the development of the United States from the Progressive Era to the present.
This course will examine the history and influence of the United States from both national and global perspectives.  Students will identify and evaluate the significance of major historical events such as World War I, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Era and the Vietnam War.  Finally the course will focus on the continuity and change occurring in the United States over the last thirty years.

 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate the political and cultural contributions of individuals and groups to United States history from 1890 to the present
  • Identify and evaluate primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites important in United States history in the above era
  • Evaluate how continuity and change has influenced United States history from 1890 to the present
  • Identify and evaluate conflict and cooperation among social groups and organizations in United States history in the above era
  • Master the mandated Pennsylvania Standards in relation to United States History, Pennsylvania History, Geography and Economics for the respective grade level of this course

Students will be expected to read additional outside resources, to engage in writing assignments utilizing higher order thinking skills and to conduct developmentally appropriate research. The student will be challenged to display his or her ability to evaluate, analyze and apply acquired knowledge and research through the extensive study and use of primary and secondary sources. This academically rigorous course is designed for students who are planning to pursue post secondary education.

 

Materials:

Prentice Hall: America: Pathways to the Present

PearsonSuccessnet.com

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: Advanced

Prerequisite: 85% or higher in previous Social Studies course or a Teacher Recommendation

Grades Offered: 9

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United States Government

1 credit 

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This course will explore the development of the foundations of the American Government: the three branches of government, the Bill of Rights, the electoral process and the impact of state and local government. Political and economic systems present in America will also be examined.  Students will be challenged to identify, analyze and explain the major concepts and principles impacting the government in America.

 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Critically analyze information and documents
    • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and creativity in completing written assignments
    • Master the mandated Pennsylvania Standards in relation to Civics and Government for the respective grade level of this course

     

Materials:

Pearson: Magruder’s American Government

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: On-Level

Prerequisite: United States History

Grades Offered:10

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College-Prep United States Government

1 credit 

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This course will explore the development of the foundations of the American Government: the three branches of government, the Bill of Rights, the electoral process and the impact of state and local government. Political and economic systems present in America will also be examined.  Students will be challenged to identify, analyze and explain the major concepts and principles impacting the government in America.

 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyze information and documents
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and creativity in completing written assignments
  • Master the mandated Pennsylvania Standards in relation to Civics and Government for the respective grade level of this course

 

Students will be expected to read additional outside resources, to engage in writing assignments utilizing higher order thinking skills and to conduct developmentally appropriate research. This academically challenging, college preparatory course is geared for students who are planning to pursue post secondary education.

 

Materials:

Pearson: Magruder’s American Government

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: Advanced

Prerequisite: 70% or higher in previous College-Prep Social Studies course or 85% or higher in United States History

Grades Offered:10

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Honors United States Government

1 credit 

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This course will explore the development of the foundations of the American Government: the three branches of government, the Bill of Rights, the electoral process and the impact of state and local government. Political and economic systems present in America will also be examined.  Students will be challenged to identify, analyze and explain the major concepts and principles impacting the government in America.

 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyze information and documents
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and creativity in completing written assignments
  • Master the Pennsylvania mandated Standards in relation to Civics and Government for the respective grade level of this course

 

Students will be expected to read additional outside resources, to engage in writing assignments utilizing higher order thinking skills and to conduct developmentally appropriate research. The student will be challenged to display his or her ability to evaluate, analyze and apply acquired knowledge and research through the extensive study and use of primary and secondary sources. This academically rigorous course is designed for students who are planning to pursue post secondary education.

 

Materials:

Pearson: Magruder’s American Government

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: Advanced

Prerequisite: 85% or higher in College-Prep US History or successful completion of Honors United States History

Grades Offered:10

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College-Prep World History

1 credit 

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This course will explore the developments in Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Latin America from 1450 to the present. Students will examine the continuity and change that has occurred in these regions in regards to trade, exploration, industrialism, imperialism and military conflicts. These themes will be examined with emphasis on how they are interconnected and how they have changed the world from a global perspective.

 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the significance of individuals and groups who made major political and cultural contributions to world history since 1450
  • Evaluate historical documents, material artifacts and historic sites important to world history during the above era
  • Evaluate how continuity and change throughout history have impacted belief systems and religions, commerce and industry, innovations, settlement patterns, social organization, transportation and roles of women during the above era
  • Evaluate how conflict and cooperation among social groups and organizations have impacted world history from 1450 to the present in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe
  • Master the mandated Pennsylvania Standards in relation to World History, Geography and Economics for the respective grade level of this course

Students will be expected to read additional outside resources, to engage in writing assignments utilizing higher order thinking skills and to conduct developmentally appropriate research. This academically challenging, college preparatory course is geared for students who are planning to pursue post secondary education.

 

Materials:

Prentice Hall: World History: Connections to Today

Prentice Hall: World History: Connections to Today Study Guide

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: Advanced

Prerequisite: 70% or higher in College-Prep US Government or 85% or higher in US Government

Grades Offered:11

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College-Prep Economics

½ credit - Fall or Spring

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Students will explore basic economic and financial principles from a personal, political, governmental, and global perspective.  Students will be challenged to identify, analyze, and explain the major concepts and principles impacting American Economics, including supply and demand. 

 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyze information, documents and basic economic indicators
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and creativity in completed written assignments
  • Become conscientious consumers in today’s economy
  • Master the mandated Pennsylvania Standards in relation to Economics.

 

Students will be expected to read additional outside resources, to engage in writing assignments and research activities utilizing higher order thinking skills.  This academically challenging course is geared for students who are planning to pursue post-secondary education.

 

Materials:

Glencoe: Economics Today and Tomorrow

Online Resources

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: Advanced

Prerequisite: 70% or higher in previous Social Studies course or Teacher Recommendation

Grades Offered:11-12

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Macroeconomics

½ credit - Fall or Spring

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This College Board-approved, AP, college-level course is a thorough introduction to economics and an in-depth study of macroeconomics. Students explore the basics of economics, including a study of graphical analysis and the concepts of demand, supply, equilibrium, and elasticity. Students explore measurements associated with the field of macroeconomics, such as GDP and aggregate output and income. Students explore the business cycle, economic fluctuations, unemployment, and inflation. Students examine the aggregate expenditures model. Students explore the role of money in the economy, including analysis of the Fed, saving, and investment. Students examine the aggregate demand/aggregate supply models, including an analysis of the Phillips Curve. Students explore monetary and fiscal policy and the elements of productivity and growth. Students examine macroeconomics with an international focus, including a study of currency exchange rates, transitioning economies, and alternative systems.

 

Materials:

Compass Learning

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 2 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 10-20% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: Advanced

Prerequisite: 85% or higher in Economics

Grades Offered:11-12

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Microeconomics

½ credit - Fall or Spring

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This College Board-approved, AP, college-level course is a thorough study of microeconomics. Students will study the basics of   failures, and will explore international economies and aspects of trade.

 

Materials:

Compass Learning

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 2 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 10-20% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: Advanced

Prerequisite: 85% or higher in Economics

Grades Offered:11-12

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AP US Government

1 credit

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AP US Government is a College Board-approved, college-level course that helps students develop an analytical perspective on politics and government in the United States. This course includes the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. government with analysis of specific examples. The course helps students develop familiarity with the various beliefs, institutions, groups, and ideas that make up U.S. government and politics. The course invites students to predict how technology and improved communications will affect democratic participation in the future.

 

Materials:

Compass Learning

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 2 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 10-20% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: Advanced

Prerequisite: 85% or higher in US Government

Grades Offered:11-12

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Psychology CLOSED

1 credit

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This full year course is meant to teach the basic introductory concepts of Psychology for the student who desires elective credit in the Social Studies content area. The student must write effectively using APA format to show a demonstration of sophisticated ideas developed through facts, examples, opinions and scientific research.

 

In this course, students will:

  • Identify major psychological theories
  • Analyze human development as it relates to mental health

 

At the core of Psychology are concepts of the Self, the Body and the Mind. This course will study psychology as a science that involves research.

 

The first half of the course will study what milestones occur along the way of human development, sensing and perceiving the external world, human thinking and learning and exploring memory.

 

The second half of the course will study aspects of human motivation, emotion and personality; the role gender plays in the development of self; determining how mental illness impacts the individual and his or her world; and the exploration of stress as it relates to mental health.

 

At the completion of this course the student will improve his or her skills in reading informational text, analytical writing and social science research.

 

Students will be expected to read additional outside resources, to engage in writing assignments utilizing higher order thinking skills and to conduct developmentally appropriate research. This on-level course is geared for students who are planning to pursue post secondary education.

 

Materials:

McDougal Littell: Introduction to Psychology

Online Resources

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: On-Level

Prerequisite: 70% or higher in previous Social Studies coursel completion of or enrollment in US History, World History, and.or US Government

Grades Offered:11-12

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Sociology CLOSED

½ credit - Fall

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This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of Sociology to the student who desires elective credit in the Social Studies content area. The student must write effectively to show a demonstration of sophisticated ideas developed through facts, examples, opinions and scientific research.

 

In this course, students will:

  • Identify major sociological theories
  • Analyze individual behavior within society

 

At the core of sociology is the development of human behaviors associated with living in a cultural society. This course will study sociology as a science that involves research.

 

The first half of the course will study the sociological perspectives, of cultural diversity, social conformity and deviance, social class in the United States and social inequalities.

 

The second half of the course will study collective human behavior that involves social inequality, social institutions and social change.

 

At the completion of this course the student will improve his or her skills in reading informational text, analytical writing and social science research.

 

Students will be expected to read additional outside resources, to engage in writing assignments utilizing higher order thinking skills and to conduct developmentally appropriate research. This on-level course is geared for students who are planning to pursue post secondary education.

 

Materials:

McDougal Littell: Introduction to Sociology

Online Resources

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: On-Level

Prerequisite: 70% or higher in previous Social Studies coursel completion of or enrollment in US History, World History, and.or US Government

Grades Offered:11-12

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World Geography

½ credit - Fall or Spring

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This course will review and familiarize the students with the foundations of geography in terms of location, regions, place, movement and interaction. The students will take a comprehensive look at each of the continents around the globe. Through the lens of the foundational themes of geography, the students will specifically learn about the physical and human aspects of geography as well as the interaction of these geographic systems with humanity. To demonstrate their ability to identify, analyze and explain their understanding of the major concepts of Human and Physical Geography, students will complete maps, written assignments, and explore written texts from world regions.

 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze geographic tools and their uses
  • Analyze the physical characteristics of places and regions and their impact upon the Earth as well as on all living creatures
  • Analyze the human characteristics of places and regions and their interaction with the cultural and population characteristics
  • Master the mandated Pennsylvania Standards for Geography for the respective grade level of this course.

 

Students will be expected to complete all class assignments and to have a solid understanding of the course material. Students will also be expected to read additional outside resources, to engage in writing assignments utilizing higher order thinking skills.

 

Materials:

Prentice Hall: World Geography: Building a Global Perspective

Prentice Hall: The Geography Coloring Book

Online Resources

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: On-Level

Grades Offered:11-12

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Street Law CLOSED

½ credit - Fall or Spring

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Street Law’s approach to law-related education is to provide practical information and problem-solving opportunities that develop in students the knowledge and skills necessary for survival in our society as well as the American Criminal Justice System.

 

Topics covered in this course are as follows:

    • Introduction to Law and the Legal System
    • Crime in America
    • Introduction to Criminal Law
    • Crimes Against the Person
    • Crimes Against Property
    • Defenses
    • Criminal Justice: The Investigation
    • Proceedings Before Trial
    • The Trial
    • Sentencing
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Introduction to Tort Law
    • Negligence/ Strict Liability
    • Consumer Law

     

Materials:

Glencoe: Street Law: A Course in Practical Law

Home Facilitator Involvement Level: 3 (click here for levels) Assistance is required for 30-70% of schoolwork.

Difficulty: On-Level

Prerequisite: Completion of or enrollment in US History, World History and US Government

Grades Offered:11-12

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