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Social Studies Curriculum

Junior High

United States History

Grade 7

Course Description: Students will use the skills of historical analysis to explore the early history of the United States and understand ideas and events that strengthened the union. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography as they study United States history and learn about change and continuity in our history. They also will study documents and speeches that laid the foundation of American ideals and institutions and will examine the everyday life of people at different times in the country's history with primary and secondary sources. 

World History

Grade 8

Course Description: World History is a survey course that explores the key events and global historical developments that have shaped the world we live in today. The scope of World History provides students with the opportunity to explore across all aspects of human experience, including an emphasis on economics, science, religion, philosophy, politics & law, military conflict, literature & the arts.

 

High School Academic Path

World Geography (9th)

Course Summary  

The study of World Geography focuses on the relationships among people, places, and environments that result in geographic patterns on the earth. Students will use geographic methods to compare and analyze landforms, climates, and natural resources, as well as cultural, political, economic, and religious characteristics of the world regions. The history of nations within those regions will be examined and compared. Students will use primary and secondary, such as maps, pictures, and documents to learn about the geography and history of different world regions. Students routinely participate in Socratic discussions; complete projects and activities; and create video discussions. A Biblical worldview plus founding principles and virtues are integrated throughout the course. 

            

Civics (10th)

Course Summary    

Civics is the study of citizenship and government. Students will learn about civic life, politics, and government; a short history of America’s foundation and development; what rights the American government guarantees its citizens; and a survey of the duties and responsibilities American citizens must exercise in order to maintain their government. Students will study the workings of the government and politics. Students routinely participate in Socratic discussions; complete projects and activities; and create video discussions. A Biblical worldview plus founding principles and virtues are integrated throughout the course. 

 

American History (11th)

Course Summary   

This course explores America’s historical development since 1877. Students explore a wide variety of factors (political, economic, social, and cultural) that contributed to the creation of the industrial society that has shaped America’s emergence as a world power. Students routinely participate in Socratic discussions; complete projects and activities; and create video discussions. A Biblical worldview plus founding principles and virtues are integrated throughout the course. 

 

European History (12th)

Course Summary   

This course explores Western Civilization since 1350. Students will study topics such as the Renaissance, Reformation, Absolutism, Enlightenment, Revolutions, Nationalism, and Modern Europe. Students routinely participate in Socratic discussions; complete projects and activities; and create video discussions. A Biblical worldview plus founding principles and virtues are integrated throughout the course.

 

High School Honors Path

AP Human Geography (Honors 9th)

Course Summary 

AP Human Geography introduces high school students to college-level introductory human geography and cultural geography. The content is presented thematically rather than regionally and is organized around the discipline’s main subfields: economic geography, cultural geography, political geography, and urban geography. The approach is spatial and problem oriented. Case studies are drawn from all world regions, with an emphasis on understanding the world in which we live today. Historical information serves to enrich analysis of the impacts of phenomena such as globalization, colonialism, and human–environment relationships on places, regions, cultural landscapes, and patterns of interaction. Course focuses on identifying current real-world problems and possible solutions. Students routinely compose college-ready papers. Students participate weekly in Harkness Discussions. A Biblical worldview plus founding principles and virtues are integrated throughout the course. 

 

AP US Government and Politics (Honors 10th)

Course Summary    

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. Students will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. Students routinely compose college-ready papers. Students participate weekly in Harkness Discussions. A Biblical worldview plus founding principles and virtues are integrated throughout the course. 

 

HIST 202 American History (Honors 11th)

Course Summary    

HIST 202 American History is a college survey course through the Southeastern Louisiana University dual enrollment program. Students study events and people from American history since 1877.  Students conduct in-depth research into the events and people that have shaped America and compose college-level research papers. Students participate weekly in Harkness Discussions. A Biblical worldview plus founding principles and virtues are integrated throughout the course. 

 

HIST 102 Western Civilization (Honors 12th)

Course Summary    

HIST 102 Western Civilization is a college survey course through the Southeastern Louisiana University dual enrollment program. Students study events, ideas, and people from Western Civilization since 1350. Some topics studied include Renaissance, Reformation, Absolutism, Enlightenment, Revolutions, Nationalism, and Modern Europe. Students regularly conduct in-depth research into the events and people that have shaped Western Civilization and compose college-level research papers. Students participate weekly in Harkness Discussions. A Biblical worldview plus founding principles and virtues are integrated throughout the course.