Secondary Social Studies
6th Grade World Studies:
World history at this level is designed to introduce students to the basic fundamentals of ancient civilizations ranging from the earliest recorded events of the building of "civilization" (which includes the core elements of government, religion, social classes, infrastructure, and writing) through the modern history of these same developed countries. Students will learn how each of the core elements of civilization have influenced the different regions of the world and how these influences have led to the different political, social, religious, and economic events that make up the history of man. In addition, students will connect the biblical events of history to the different civilizations that they study. It is exciting for students to see God's very real presence in the history of the world. Bible stories come alive as those real historical events unfold in class studies.
7th Grade American Republic:
This American history class is designed to introduce students to the first half of America's development. A strong emphasis is on the Christian heritage of America, and students will gain this understanding through analyzing primary documents of the founders. The time frame studied is early exploration of the 15th century through America's Civil War and Reconstruction period. Students will delve into the threads of differing philosophies that will carry the nation from rebellion to unity; then they will study how the breakdown and evolution of those philosophies led to the destruction of that national unity in civil war; finally, students will study how the nation once again reconstructed that national unity that set the stage for the second part of America's history. In order for students to personally connect to the events being studied, they explore early American history through hands-on projects, 21st-century learning techniques, as well as traditional classroom activities and research projects.
8th Grade World Geography:
World Geography is designed to introduce students to the world of geographic study. Our goal is to study the "big ideas" in geography. These ideas are primarily built on the concept of understanding the "5 themes of geography." Each unit and chapter is driven by a big idea question. These questions are essential for helping our students put it all together to better understand how geographic concepts are connected and to see why geography is important and essential to understanding our worlds physical, cultural, and modern structure. Students, or as we like to call ourselves, "geographers," apply and practice our skills through various projects and reports as well as daily examinations of visual and traditional texts. As geographers we believe that without geography you are nowhere; geography is power, and that geography is everywhere and everything.
9th Grade World History
Students take the basic knowledge that they learned in middle school World Studies and delve deeper into the ancient civilizations ranging from the earliest recorded events of the early civilizations through the modern history of these same developed countries. Students learn how each of the core elements of civilization have influenced the different regions of the world and how these influences have led to the different political, social, religious, and economic events that make up the history of man. In addition, students will connect the biblical events of history to the different civilizations that they study. It is exciting for students to see God's very real presence in the history of the world. A biblical perspective is used to analyze the global events as well as the philosophical and religious choices that define each region of the world.
10th or 11th Grade American History
American History is an exhaustive and comprehensive survey course of the history of the United States. We build our learning on the philosophy that we are all historians, thus we "read, analyze, and evaluate like a historian." We begin our journey by examining the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War and end as America enters the 21st century. Special emphasis is placed on important individuals and their contributions to our nation; on growth and development of American social, political, and economic institutions; and on recurring themes throughout American history. We also incorporate today's history and its complex issues by examining current events. At least once a month we examine the latest issues facing our nation and world with the assistance of supplementary materials. Through this resource students get an in-depth look at what is happening in their world today. Throughout the course students have opportunities to immerse themselves in historical topics. Students conduct research and participate in group activities, simulations, and a variety of projects. It is very important in our class to make American history relevant and exciting. As historians we believe that some of the best lessons we ever learn, we learn from our mistakes and failures and that the error of the past is the success and wisdom of the future.
AP U.S. History (10th or 11th grade):
This intense class is taught from the official A.P. U.S. History framework and benchmarks acknowledged by the College Board. The material covered ranges from the establishment of the American colonies through 2006. The students taking this class prepare for the A.P. test that offers up to 6 college-credit hours depending on the final score (credit is determined by each college/university). Although it is highly encouraged, taking the test is not a requirement for this class. Students may take the class and receive social studies credit on their high school transcript without taking the final test in the spring. The skills learned in this college-level class include high level thinking skills, college-ready writing skills, and important communication skills.
12th Grade U.S. Government:
U.S. Government is a single-semester course designed to focus on the democratic principles of our political process. Particular emphasis is placed on the foundations and structure of how our system of government functions and how it relates to our students today and in their future. Attention is also given to our founding documents (the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution), as well as the concepts of federalism, the election process, civil rights and liberties, and the three branches of government. We also put an emphasis on political awareness. This includes understanding one's political ideology, stance and position on today's issues, and being able to communicate ones reasoning through classroom discussion, writing, and several group projects. From a biblical perspective, God’s Word tells us how we are to engage in and respond to government as Christians. The knowledge gained through this course helps equip students with a better understanding of how they are to interact and participate in their government, which ultimately is their responsibility, and which in turn is pleasing unto the Lord.
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