Social Studies Classes


7th Grade

7th Grade geography is a continuation of 6th grade geography. We will be using the same text but will be covering different regions. You should already be familiar with how the text is set up and the types of assignments that come with the book.

The different regions included in this class are…

  1. Europe and Russia
  2. Africa
  3. Asia
  4. Australia
  5. Antarctica

We will cover Europe, Russia and Africa in the first semester. Asia, Australia and Antarctica will be covered in the second semester.

This geography class is not here only to help you realize where countries are but to help you understand the differences of people in the world. While the world is becoming increasingly “flat” it is important to be able to know customs and cultures of other people. This will help you in the future when you have to interact with people from all different walks of life.

 

8th Grade

This section of U.S. History covers America from the time of the Native Americans and European settlers meeting to the era of Reconstruction after the Civil War.

This class will be separated into Eras...

  1.     Native Americans and European Settlers
  2.     Colonization
  3.     Movement towards Independence
  4.     A young Nation
  5.     Growth of Democracy and the Nation
  6.     Reform
  7.     Civil War and Reconstruction

The text book for this class is called History Alive. It is similar to the Geography Alive books used in 6th and 7th grade.

The book is not the only resource that we will be using or the only thing the students will be tested on. To create a well rounded course many outside resources will be included and most of them students will be responsible for knowing.


9th Grade

is section of U.S. History will start with a review of the Civil war and end with present day America. This class covers a lot in U.S. History but the information starts to become more relevant and easier to connect to the present day.

After a quick review of the reconstruction this class will be divided into Eras...

  1.       Industrialism and Reform (1840-1920)
  2.       Expanding American Global Influence (1898-1921)
  3.       The Roaring 20s and the Great Depression (1920-1944)
  4.       WWII and the Cold War (1917-1960)
  5.       The Search for a Better life (1945-1990)
  6.       Tumultuous Times (1954-1980)

The text book for this class is a continuation of the text book used in 8th grade U.S. History. Students and parents should be familiar with the style of the book.

The book is not the only resource that we will be using or the only thing the students will be tested on. To create a well rounded course many outside resources will be included and most of them students will be responsible for knowing.

 

10th Grade

World History is a huge subject. Thousands of years needs to be covered in one school year. In this class we will do the best to cover the most important topics but a lot will have to be left out for times sake. We will be using the World History book by Glencoe but we will not be following it completely.

This class will be divided into 6 different eras.

  1.     Human Beginnings  (15,000 BCE - 300 CE)
  2.     Expanding/Intensified hemispheric relations (300-1500 CE)
  3.     Emergence of the first Global Age (1450-1800 CE)
  4.     Age of Global Revolutions (1700 - 1914 CE)
  5.     Global Crisis and Achievement (1900-1945 CE)
  6.     Cold War and the 20th Century (1945 - present CE)

I plan to bring in a lot of outside resources and to make this class more relatable to the present. While everyday won’t be fun I hope to bring a little excitement to the subject.

 

11th Grade

U.S. Government is a very important subject in High School. It helps to create a responsible citizen that will hopefully add to the future of the United States in a positive way.

This government class will be divided into Units.

  1. Foundations of Civic and Political Life
  2. Origins and Foundations of U.S. Government
  3. Structure and Functions of U.S. Government
  4. The U.S. and World Affairs
  5. Citizenship in the U.S.
  6. Citizenship in Action

In the spring we will be focusing a lot on Government Participation because of the upcoming election year.

While we will be using the text book in some places we will not be using it for everything. This class will take a lot of outside resources to make it a balanced and well rounded subject.

 

12th Grade

Economics, doesn’t that just sound boring. In college these were my least favorite subject and in high school it was the same. Economics can be a very dry subject.

With this class I hope to bring a little life to the subject. Being hands on and playing games is one of the best ways to learn this subject. There is some math involved but nothing overwhelming.

This class will only last for a semester and we will get through about 10 chapters. These chapters are broken up into the following units…

  1. Fundamental Economic Concepts
  2. Microeconomics
  3. Macroeconomics (we won’t be covering every chapter in this unit)

We will be using the book Economics: Principles & Practices, for the majority of the information. I will also be bring in current examples and outside resources that explain concepts better.  Students will be bringing in a lot of current event articles that will add to the class too.