Honors Social Studies

Prerequisite Assignments

Make sure you read the section for the course you are applying to and follow all directions!

Current 10th Graders Applying for Honors History

The Social Studies department at BSA would like to invite you to apply for the Honors History course for your junior year. The Honors History Class is open to students who successfully complete the prerequisite assignment at an honors level, have 98% attendance, and a teacher input (automatically completed by your government teacher). This course is considered a college preparation course. The goal in this course is for students to practice their skills and increase their background knowledge in a college level course. This course functions like a college course in that a research paper is required, most of the course is discussion based, and there is an expectation of increased independent work with less teacher explicit direction or reminders. This course works at a faster pace, with more reading, and more topics that it’s regular counterpart. Lastly, the ability to manage your time and due dates is important in this class because late work is not accepted.

Prerequisite Assignment:

In order to be considered for honors US History in SY20-21, you need to write an argumentative essay about a historical topic using direct evidence from a variety of primary and secondary sources to support a claim. The topic you will be writing about is Progressive Reforms of the 1900s. We will provide you with a background essay explaining the topic, documents with guided questions, and the essay prompt/rubric. You can download these items by clicking the link below. You should read the background essay, analyze the documents by answering the questions, and then type an essay responding to the prompt. The document analysis questions and your essay are due to Ms Johnson in room 501 OR by email to vjohnson@bsfa.org by 4:30pm on January 7th.

What must be turned in:

  1. Document analysis questions (either typed or handwritten on the documents)
  2. Essay
Background Essay - Progressivism.pdf
Documents with Analysis Questions.pdf
DBQ Rubric.pdf

Current 11th Graders Applying for Honors World History:

The Social Studies department at BSA would like to invite you to apply for the Honors World History course for your senior year. The Honors World History Class is open to students who successfully complete the prerequisite assignments at an honors level, have 98% attendance, and a teacher input. The prerequisite assignments will include your argumentative document based essay from your current US History class/midterm and the current event assignment described below.

About the Course:

This course is considered a college preparation course. The goal in this course is for students to practice their skills and increase their background knowledge in a college level class. This course functions like a college course in that multiple research projects are required, most of the course is discussion based, and there is an expectation of increased independent work with less teacher explicit direction or reminders. This course works at a faster pace, with more reading, and more topics that it’s regular counterpart. Lastly, the ability to manage your time and due dates is important in this class because late work is not accepted.

Current Events Prerequisite Assignment:

In order to be considered for Honors World History in SY20-21 you need to find a news article that is at least 750 words from a foreign source about an issue in another country. The issue and article should not involve the US in anyway. The Guardian, BBC, and al-Jazeera are all acceptable sources to use. Once you find the article you need to complete the following steps. These may be completed electronically or in hard copy. The article and the assignment are due to Mrs Grouzard in room 500 or by email at mgrouzard@bsfa.org by 4:30pm on January 7th.

What must be turned in:

  1. A copy of the article with thoughtful, original annotations throughout
  2. A cover page with
    1. your name
    2. the title, author, source and date of the article
    3. Explain (in 1-2 sentences) why you selected this article
  3. Summary: Provide a five to six sentence summary of the article. Be sure to include important vocabulary. Be sure to include all the main ideas and use your own words. Nothing should be copied from the original in the summary (except names, dates, or places).
  4. Response: Write a six to eight sentence response to the article that explains your opinion on the topic, cites evidence from the article to support your opinion, and refutes counterclaims.

Current 11th Graders Applying for Honors US History:

The Social Studies department at BSA would like to invite you to apply for the Honors US History course for your senior year. The Honors US History Class is open to students who successfully complete the prerequisite assignments at an honors level, have 98% attendance, and a teacher input (automatically entered by your world history teacher). The prerequisite assignments will include your argumentative DBQ essay from your current course midterm and the current event assignment described below.

About the Course:

This course is considered a college preparation course. The goal in this course is for students to practice their skills and increase their background knowledge in a college level course. This course functions like a college course in that a research paper is required, most of the course is discussion based, and there is an expectation of increased independent work with less teacher explicit direction or reminders. This course works at a faster pace, with more reading, and more topics that it’s regular counterpart. Lastly, the ability to manage your time and due dates is important in this class because late work is not accepted.

Current Event Prerequisite Assignment:

In order to be considered for Honors US History in SY20-21 you need to find a news article from a reputable source about an issue in the United States. Once you find the article you need to complete the following steps. These may be completed electronically or in hard copy. The article and the assignment are due to Mrs Grouzard in room 500 or by email at mgrouzard@bsfa.org by 4:30pm on January 7th.

Your article must be at least 750 words. You must choose articles from credible and reliable sources. Examples of appropriate sources include:


What must be turned in:

  1. A copy of the article with thoughtful, original annotations throughout
  2. A cover page with
    1. your name
    2. the title, author, source and date of the article
    3. Explain (in 1-2 sentences) why you selected this article
  3. Summary: Provide a five to six sentence summary of the article. Be sure to include important vocabulary. Be sure to include all the main ideas and use your own words. Nothing should be copied from the original in the summary (except names, dates, or places).
  4. Response: Write a six to eight sentence response to the article that explains your opinion on the topic, cites evidence from the article to support your opinion, and refutes counterclaims.