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    Elementary Social Studies Curriculum
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    Middle School Social Studies Curriculum
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    Sixth Grade Social Studies 

    The World past and present, focuses on the regions of the world, stressing history, geography, citizenship, and the humanities.  Click on the link below to access online resources for the sixth grade curriculum.

     
     
     

    Seventh Grade Social Studies

    Social Studies Skills is a course designed to familiarize students with various geography information from various types of maps, graphs, and charts.  The students are also expected to design their own charts and graphs.  The course will also focus on reading and writing skills designed to increase reading comprehension and improve skills in writing informative and opinionated paragraphs.

     

    Eighth Grade Social Studies

    The 8th grade U.S. history is designed to familiarize students with the growth and development of our nation and government.  This curriculum, not only will involve history of our nation, but also deal in geography and civics.  Many interdisciplinary approaches will also be utilized in this course.  Students in this class will be able to analyze cause and effect, historical theories, historical maps, as well as governmental development and procedures.  Students will also be able to draw conclusions of historical data and evaluate and hypothesize historical patterns.

     
    High School Social Studies Curriculum
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    CIVICS/PA HISTORY

    The American Civics course is designed to enable students to prepare to become a responsible member of a democratic society. Throughout this course students will examine the difference between a citizen’s duty and a responsibility. Students will also study comparative governments as well as economic systems while focusing on the American system of government and our economic system. Students will also develop an appreciation for the ideals written into the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Pennsylvania History course is required of all freshmen and is designed to enlighten students about the importance of our Commonwealth in our initial quest for independence and in the birth of our nation. The course will also highlight the geography of Pennsylvania as well as the importance Pennsylvanians have played throughout the history of our nation and state.

     
     
    WORLD HISTORY

    World History surveys man's story from earliest times to the present. Students will be able to examine social trends and problems by delving into the past in order to interpret the present and predict the future. The course is designed to expose students to different faiths, lifestyles, philosophies, economic theories and technologies. Students will be able to respect the nature of mankind so they can develop into responsible citizens.

     
     
    AMERICAN CULTURES

    The twentieth century finds the United States occupying the role of the world leader in a growing global society. This course will present the student with a clear picture of growth of America and its democratic process. Through the study of American Culture the student will increase his skills to critically evaluate various sources of information and follow a logical route to form opinions and conclusions. Emphasis will also be placed on how economic factors have influenced American History. Concentrated areas of study will include: The Progressive Era; The Two World Wars; The Golden Twenties; The New Deal; The New Frontier; The Great Society; and The Cold War: and Contemporary times.

     
     
    GLOBAL GEOGRAPHY/LAW

    Students will grasp the connection between environments and events - between regions and cultures. This course provides extensive coverage of both human and physical geography and provides students with the global perspective, critical thinking and geographical skills needed to understand the inter-relatedness between peoples and places. United States geography will be stressed in the second semester. All regions of the United States will be studied. This course also examines the American Government, the American legal system and basic legal concepts. The rights, freedoms and responsibilities of American citizenship will be emphasized. Topics include: the Bill of Rights, Crimes and punishments, problems with Juveniles and the Juvenile court system, the structure and function of the State and Federal court systems, Torts and Tort reforms, problems in society and laws that deal with those problems and Civil and Criminal trial procedures. Basic economic principles and laws dealing with these topics will be covered as well.

     
     
    PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIOLOGY

    This course is an overview of major topics in modern psychology, the scientific study of behavior, and mental processes. As a first course in the discipline of psychology, it introduces some of the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories with a consideration for the complexity of human behavior. Topics discussed may include research methods, physiological foundations of behavior, growth and development, learning and memory, motivation and emotions, personality, stress and adjustment, social interactions, and psychological disorders and treatment approaches. In Sociology, students explore the science of the structure and functioning of human groups. Taking culture concepts and social instructions, it explores the context, methodology, and inter-relationships of those studies seeking the explain man’s social behavior in the modern world. A collage and book report are required.

     
     
    SOCIOLOGY/GLOBAL GEOGRAPHY

    Sociology is the science of the structure and functioning of human groups. Taking culture concepts and social instructions, it explores the context, methodology, and inter-relationships of those studies seeking the explain man’s social behavior in the modern world. A collage and book report are required. In Global Geography, students will grasp the connection between environments and events - between regions and cultures. This course provides extensive coverage of both human and physical geography and provides students with the global perspective, critical thinking and geographical skills needed to understand the inter-relatedness between peoples and places. United States geography will be stressed in the second semester. All regions of the United States will be studied.

     
    LAW/PSYCHOLOGY

    This course examines the American Government, the American legal system and basic legal concepts. The rights, freedoms and responsibilities of American citizenship will be emphasized. Topics include: the Bill of Rights, Crimes and punishments, problems with Juveniles and the Juvenile court system, the structure and function of the State and Federal court systems, Torts and Tort reforms, problems in society and laws that deal with those problems and Civil and Criminal trial procedures. Basic economic principles and laws dealing with these topics will be covered as well. This course is also an overview of major topics in modern psychology, the scientific study of behavior, and mental processes. As a first course in the discipline of psychology, it introduces some of the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories with a consideration for the complexity of human behavior. Topics discussed may include research methods, physiological foundations of behavior, growth and development, learning and memory, motivation and emotions, personality, stress and adjustment, social interactions, and psychological disorders and treatment approaches

     
     
    AP EUROPEAN HISTORY (HONORS COURSE)

    This Advanced Placement course is a study of European history from 1450 (the Renaissance) to the fall of the Berlin Wall. An emphasis will be placed on intellectual, cultural, social and economic history as well as the events in the political-diplomatic spheres. There are extensive reading assignments, assigned papers, and formal tests in a seminar classroom setting. Requirement: Students enrolled in this course must take the AP Exam in May. The benefits of this exam are listed in the “PROGRAM OF STUDIES” section of this selection guide.

     
     
    AP UNITED STATES HISTORY (HONORS COURSE)

    This course will fulfill your senior year social studies requirement. It will also take the place of American Cultures if you are a junior. A.P. U. S. History is a survey of American History from the age of discovery and exploration to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time and effort are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, and interpretation of original documents. Emphasis will also be placed on how economic factors have influenced American History. Student objectives include the ability to: master a broad body of historic knowledge, demonstrate an understanding of historic chronology, use historic data to support an argument or position, interpret and apply data from original documents including, cartoons, graphs, letters, etc., and effectively use analytical skills of cause and effect, compare and contrast. Requirement: Students enrolled in this course must take the AP Exam in May. The benefits of this exam are listed in the “PROGRAM OF STUDIES” section of this selection guide.  

     
    AP United States History Curriculum Map