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History and Social Studies

WORLD HISTORY
World History class explores the key events and global historical developments that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of Modern World History, beginning with the Middle Ages in Europe and continuing through World War I, these periods provide a range of all aspects of human experience: economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts. The course will illuminate connections between our lives and those of our ancestors around the world. Students will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, and explore historical movements and concepts. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally; and use technology appropriately to present information.
5 Credits

UNITED STATES HISTORY I 
To accept the challenge and responsibility of participatory democracy, students need to be prepared to learn to live in harmony with people of all ethnic, social and academic backgrounds. The study of the beliefs and events which shaped the foundation and growth of America will enable United States citizens to appreciate the importance of decisions, actions and the impact of choices made by previous generations of Americans. Furthermore, by analyzing the successes and failures of previous citizens and policy makers, students will better understand the processes and choices needed to be successful citizens in a democracy while gaining an appreciation of both the nation’s triumphs and struggles. Through a survey approach to United States history, U.S. I students will examine the political, economic, social and technological forces which led to the founding of the colonies, the creation of the nation, and its development through the 1890s. Traditional lecture, multimedia tools and technology will be used to help students organize and analyze the material. While all academies present the same core knowledge, each provides for their respective theme to be incorporated into the curriculum.
5 Credits

UNITED STATES HISTORY II 
The dawn of the 20th century was a time of transition for the United States. Industrialization and advances in technology led to rapid economic growth and the desire to find new markets overseas. Economic crises and two World Wars created social upheaval even as the United States became a major world power. As the world becomes more interconnected, the United States continues to search to redefine its role in that world. United States History II addresses these and other issues, enabling students to better understand decisions that continue to define modern America. While all academies present the same core knowledge, each provides a different learning environment that focuses upon the theme of the school. Results of their study will be demonstrated traditionally and through the use of alternative assessments.
5 Credits

ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY
The application of moral reasoning to issues that are controversial and diverse to understand how personal values shape public policy and what methods are implemented to raise the consciousness of individual and groups to forge a consensus that results in law. Above all else these senior-level students will be encouraged to discover synthesize knowledge that is just being recorded. The course uses the New York Times as a basis for discussion everyday. Resources that are dated are use for background information only.

Models for analyzing current issues include, but not limited to, the ethical implications social justice, national security, and economic interdependence. Students will investigate future-related issues and learn how to make predications about them and recognize the relationship between ethics/morality and citizenship. “Reading” the news as consumers requires the development of skills the allow us to “decode” the news messages that we receive. Accept the premise that objectivity is an unattainable ideal, critical reading introduces students to techniques for analyzing the news and presents them with provocative questions to consider as they learn these skills.

Materials for the course are fluid combining teacher selected excerpts with student driven research. The one constant is the daily reading of delivered copies of the New York Times. Each unit does offer some recommendations.
5 Credits

INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL LITERACY
Introduction to Financial Literacy is a required two and one half credit social studies course for eleventh grade students. This course will introduce students to basic economic theory, vocabulary and practices of the banking and investment worlds, and the practical applications of budgets and money management. This is both a content and application based course. After a working knowledge of unit specific vocabulary and terms is established, students will have the opportunity to work through practical, real world scenarios relating to each unit. The combination of understanding basic economic theory and exposure to situations that require a practical application of informed money management will prepare students to make responsible personal financial decisions.
2.5 Credits