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SOCIAL STUDIES


GEOGRAPHY 7

GRADE: 7
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 0
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Geography is a survey course covering the Six Essential Elements of Geography: 1. The World in Spatial Terms, 2. Places and Regions, 3. Physical Systems, 4. Human Systems, 5. Environment and Society, and 6. The Uses of Geography. Special emphasis will be given to the physical and cultural geography of the Western Hemisphere, and to the development of geographic skills involving maps, charts, graphs, etc.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Maps/Map skills, 5 Themes of Geography
2. Africa
3. Antarctica
4. Asia (Middle East, Russia & neighbors)
5. South & Southeast Asia (focus on Japan, China, India, Afghanistan)
6. Australia
7. Europe

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
1. Understand how to use maps, globes, and other tools to obtain and report information.
2. Explain the physical and human characteristics of place.
3. Explain the nature and distribution of ecosystems on the Earth’s surface.
4. Explain similarities and differences of countries in the Eastern Hemisphere.
5. Explain how the countries of the Eastern Hemisphere (and the rest of the world) are interdependent.
6. Explain how geography can be used to explain the past, to interpret the present, and plan for the future


US HISTORY 8

GRADE: 8
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 0
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This history class is designed to familiarize the student with the political and geographic makeup of the United States. This course will introduce the student to famous Americans and their accomplishments, historical events, and landmark locations through the use of graphic organizers, web quest assignments, maps, discussion, videos, research, and projects (Slide Show, Diorama, Storybook, and more).

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Geography of the United States
2. Early Americans – Native Americans and Explorers
3. The Thirteen English Colonies
4. Causes and Results of the American Revolution
5. The Constitution at Work
6. The New Republic (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Jackson)
7. Industry and Growth
8. Westward Expansion
9. Reasons, Battles, and Results of the Civil War
10. Reconstruction

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
1. Explain how history can give us a common memory of where we have been, knowledge of our nation’s core values, and an understanding of how decisions of the past account for present circumstances.
2. Use history to explain the political, social, and moral issues of society.
3. Understand how our democratic values came to be, and how people, events, and symbols have exemplified them.
4. Demonstrate how history itself is written, through first-hand experiences, research, and reflection.


WORLD GEOGRAPHY & CULTURE

GRADE: 9
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 1st or 2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class will be a survey class that will cover the basic physical, historical, political, economic, and cultural geography of the world.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. The United States/Canada
2. Middle and South America
3. Europe
4. Russia
5. Southwest Asia (Middle East)
6. Africa
7. East and Southeast Asia
8. South Asia
9. Australia
10. Pacific Islands and Antarctica

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
1. Understand how to use maps, globes, and other tools to obtain and report information.
2. Explain the physical and human characteristics of different cultures and nations
3. Explain similarities and differences of the seven continents of the world.
4. Explain how the countries of the world are interdependent.
5. Explain how geography can be used to explain the past, to interpret the present, and plan for the future


WORLD HISTORY

GRADE: 10
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 2
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
World History introduces students to great men and women who risked their lives for principles. This course begins with early humans and ends with modern world problems.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. The beginnings of human societies
2. Rise of civilizations: Egypt and Middle East
3. Flowering of civilizations: Greece, Rome, India, China
4. Regional civilizations: Byzantines, Islam, Medieval Europe, the Crusades
5. Emergence of modern world: Renaissance, Reformation, Exploration
6. Age of Revolution: Scientific, American, and French
7. Industrialization and Nationalism
8. World Conflict
9. The Modern World

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
1. Explain the meaning of history and the methods of historians.
2. Develop skill at using a variety of sources to explore history, particularly through the Internet.
3. Understand chronology, causation, decision-making, and other forces which have shaped history.
4. Explain the broad sweep, the panoramic view of history, as well as the narrow, microscopic analysis of history.
5. Develop skill at using historical reasoning, evaluating evidence, determining causal relationships, and detecting historical bias


UNITED STATES HISTORY

GRADE: 11-12
SEMESTERS: Year
CREDIT: 2
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
United States History introduces students to great men and women who risked their lives for principles. This course begins with early explorers and ends with discussion over our current president.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. The Thirteen Colonies
2. The Revolutionary Era
3. The Young Republic
4. Expansion, Civil War and Reconstruction
5. Industrial Transformation
6. Becoming a World Power
7. Prosperity and Depression
8. War and the Cold War
9. America in the New World Order

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
1. Explain the working structure of our political process and how it has evolved.
2. Appreciate the history being made at the present time and be able to compare and contrast with other historical events.
3. Develop skill at using a variety of sources to explore history, particularly through the Internet.
4. Understand and explain historical chronology, causation, decision-making, and other forces which have shaped history.
5. Explain the broad sweep, the panoramic view of history, as well as the narrow, microscopic analysis of history.
6. Develop skill at using historical reasoning, evaluating evidence, determining causal relationships, and detecting historical bias


CURRENT ISSUES

GRADE: 9-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Current Issues is the study of any topic in the news. We will use the Des Moines Register, Time magazine, CNN, the nightly news and many other sources to cover events happening in the U.S. and the world. We will discuss and evaluate news events every day.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Anything of significance that occurs in Iowa, the U.S. or the World
2. Recent historical events that affect the world today

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
1. Explain and analyze the current issues of the day.
2. Report orally once a week on an event in the news.
3. Be an active participant in the class by listening, thinking, asking questions, discussing and doing assignments.
4. Explain the local importance of global events and issues.
5. Identify local, national and world leaders.


SOCIOLOGY

GRADE: 10-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Sociology is the study of the nature of society and the factors involved in it. We study the socialization process, identity, group behavior, populations, mass movements, fads, pop culture. Emphasis is on class discussion and interaction.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age
2. Marriage and the family
3. Crime and delinquency
4. Social roles and groups
5. Minority groups, prejudice and discrimination
6. Social problems such as drugs, alcohol, suicide, child abuse, etc.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
1. Explain the importance of socialization.
2. Analyze the nature of contemporary social problems.
3. Explain the demographics of age in the U.S. population
4. Analyze the changing nature of crime, punishment, and incarceration in the U.S.
5. Analyze feelings and emotions which lead to prejudice and discrimination.


CIVICS

GRADE: 10-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 1st or 2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Civics is a class designed to study citizenship, laws, rights and responsibilities. We will also cover sociological aspects of law and society and how it affects your responsibility as a citizen in your daily life.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Criminal, civil and juvenile law
2. Courts and trials
3. Rights and responsibilities as a US citizen
4. Landmark court cases as they relate to law
5. Methods of learning and how it relates to self
6. Ethics, values, morals, and beliefs
7. Life skills

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
1. Explain the nature of a democratic society
2. Explain the differences between a civil society and an uncivil society.
3. Explain how trials, court proceedings function.
4. Identify the differences between criminal, civil and juvenile laws.
5. Recognize and understand your rights and responsibilities as a citizen of the U.S.
6. Recognize your ethics, values, morals, beliefs and understand how they have developed


ECONOMICS

GRADE: 11-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 1st or 2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Economics is the study of how societies and individuals manage limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants. Emphasis is focused on thinking skills regarding economic knowledge to problems and solutions.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Supply, demand and price
2. Business organization and investments
3. Labor and collective bargaining
4. Fiscal policy and the federal deficit
5. The Federal Reserve System and monetary policy
6. Credit and insurance
7. Unemployment, inflation and the business cycle
8. Occupations
9. Different Economic Systems
10. Taxes and Tax Forms

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
1. Complete an occupation report.
2. Be able to make sound economic decisions.
3. Be able to explain the role of economics in our society and your life.
4. Be able to explain factors that influence the economy.
5. Understands the roles government plays in the United States economy
6. Understands the concept of prices and the interaction of supply and demand in a market economy
7. Analyze the trends in corporate America, with respect to mergers, acquisitions, automation, downsizing, and the possible future effects on the job market.


GOVERNMENT

GRADE: 11-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 1st or 2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
American Government is designed to introduce students to all levels of government; national, state and local. This course will familiarize the student with our government and political process that forms a basis for a democratic society.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Comparison of governments and economic systems
2. Historical basis for our government
3. The constitution
4. Political parties
5. Elections and voting
6. Special interest groups
7. Congress, president, the courts
8. State and local government

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
1. Explain the concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances in our state and federal governments.
2. Explain the processes of the Presidential veto, Congressional approval and override, and judicial review.
3. Analyze the historical and present beliefs and values of political parties in national politics.
4. Explain the protections afforded to all citizens by the Bill of Rights
5. Explain the various ways in which the government influences and regulates the economy.


CAREER SEARCH

GRADE: 9-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: Pending
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The intention of this course is to prepare the student for entering the world of work. Some time will be spent looking at your goals, values, skills, and aptitudes. From there, you’ll plan for career success. The student will look at the type of education you will need; how to find, apply, and interview for a job; and how to cope on the job. Finally, the student will complete a career day.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. Researching careers
2. Planning for success
3. Finding and applying for a job
4. Progress toward your career goal
5. Communication skills
6. Managing your money
7. Buying insurance

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
1. Be able to research a career interest.
2. Compose a letter of application and resume’.
3. Experience job interviews.


SOCIAL STUDIES SPECIAL TOPICS

GRADE: 11-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 1st and/or 2nd Semester
PREREQUISITE: Instructor Approval
FEE: Student responsible for materials selected

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course provides an opportunity for students who have completed the course of study in Social Studies to work individually at an advanced level. Students spend the equivalent of one class period each day on this topic to receive full credit.


PSYCHOLOGY

GRADE: 11-12
SEMESTERS: 1
CREDIT: 1
OFFERED: 1st Semester
PREREQUISITE: None

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior. This course is designed to better understand human nature and actions through hands-on activities, research, and discussions.

AREAS OF STUDY:
1. History/Present-day theories
2. Methods of Research
3. Brain, Body, and Behavior
4. Consciousness (Sleep, Dreams, Hypnosis, Meditation)
5. Memory
6. Measuring Personality and Personal Abilities
7. Sensation & Perception
8. Learning
9. Mental Illness

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
1. Understand the historians of psychology and the present-day theories.
2. Demonstrate the various methods of research (Experiment, survey, case study, correlation).
3. Differentiate between the different parts of the neuron, brain, and glands and the behavior they control.
4. Explain the various stages of consciousness including the stages of sleep, dreams, hypnosis, and meditation.
5. Understand the various sleep disorders and their effects.
6. Explain the three types of memory.
7. Demonstrate ways to improve memory.
8. Understand what intelligence, interest, and personality tests tell about you.

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