The Social Studies Department strives to make history class a meaningful, relevant and engaging experience in which students are challenged to think critically about past events, make connections to their own lives and draw conclusions as to how these events have impacted the state of the world today. Using Facing History and Ourselves curricula and pedagogy, lessons ask students to reflect on individual actions and choices that have shaped history all the while discovering their role as active, productive citizens within their own schools and communities.
- Global History & Geography 9
- Global History & Geography 10
- United States History & Government
- AP United States History
- Current Issues in Politics & Government
- Economics & Personal Finance
- Syracuse University PA Sociology
- AP European History
- AP US Government & Politics
This course focuses on global history from the earliest humans to the beginnings of the Atlantic World. Reading primary and secondary source documents, participating in Socratic Seminars and other simulation activities, students develop the research, writing and historical thinking skills necessary to debate complex historical events. This course gives students a greater awareness of world cultures and history while requiring examination and reflection on their own role as a global citizen.
This course focuses on global history from 1750 to the recent past. Honing skills learned in Global History 9, students continue to work with more challenging primary and secondary sources becoming more careful consumers of information. Studying historical controversy through multiple perspectives and using evidence to argue positions is a long term goal. This course immerses students in various cultures studying how they changed and were changed by contact with other groups. All the while, students make connections between the current state of the world and units studied in class.
This course focuses on major themes, individuals and events of American history from the beginnings of the Atlantic World to the recent past. Students analyze the development of American democracy, the American economic system and the relationships among groups of people in this “nation of immigrants.” The increasingly important role of the United States in world affairs will also be examined. Through careful use of primary and secondary sources, simulations and Socratic seminars, students delve into the complexity of American history while also making relevant connections to the state of America today.
Participation in government and in our communities is fundamental to the success of American democracy. Using local, national and international current issues as a starting point, students will make connections to the various ways citizens engage in civic activity. With a solid background in the fundamentals of American democracy -- including the rights and responsibilities of citizens and their role in shaping public policy -- this course encourages students to become active leaders in their school and community. Their enhanced understanding of legal and legislative institutions will also prepare them to begin their lives as active citizens.
Students may opt to enroll in this course, a full-year college level course. Through the use of group work, simulations, lectures, debates and other activities, student will study in detail the inner workings of the U.S. Government. Units will include constitutional underpinnings of American democracy, federalism, separation of powers, Congress, the Presidency, the federal judiciary, political parties, political beliefs, mass media, interest groups, civil rights and civil liberties. Students will be required to complete a research project and take the AP exam at the end of the course.