History

HISTORY DEPARTMENT COURSE OFFERINGS *All students are required to take at least 1 World History course and 2 U.S. History courses* 
World History Courses: World Cultures, Honors World Cultures, AP European History
U.S History Courses: United States History l, Honors Topics in United States History and Government, United States History ll, Honors United States History II, AP United States History,U.S. Government and Politics, Honors U.S. Government and Politics, AP U.S. Government and Politics

           

World Cultures

World Cultures

Grade 9

2 semesters

Ninth grade World Cultures is a study of the geography, history, and cultures of regions around the world.  Students will learn valuable reading, comprehension, and writing skills while studying the important societies of our world.  The class takes students through regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.  After studying the physical geography and historical events that shape each region, students will examine the languages, religions, art, and traditions that define the cultures found within them.  They will use a variety of resources, tools, and technology to deepen their understanding and achieve success. This course introduces students to the skills and concepts necessary to begin their study of history and provides them with the knowledge and opportunities to more fully understand and participate in the global community.      

Honors World Cultures

Honors World Cultures
Grade 9
2 Semesters
Ninth grade Honors World Cultures is a study of the geography, history, and cultures of regions around the world.  Students will learn valuable reading, comprehension, and writing skills while studying the important societies of our world.  The class takes students through regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.  After studying the physical geography and historical events that shape each region, students will examine the languages, religions, art, and traditions that define the cultures found within them.  They will use a variety of resources, tools, and technology to deepen their understanding and achieve success. This course introduces students to the skills and concepts necessary to begin their study of history and provides them with the knowledge and opportunities to more fully understand and participate in the global community.  The Honors World Cultures class requires students to complete more complex readings and more frequent writing assignments.  The Honors class will take topics into more depth; students in this program must prepare to work independently, participate in focused class discussions, and share their ideas and insights through a variety of channels.

United States History I

United States History I 

Grade 10 or 11

2 Semesters

This course explores the history of the United States from the American Revolution to the Gilded Age.Units of study included the American Revolution, the Constitutional Convention, Nationalism and Sectionalism, Westward Expansion, the Civil War, Reconstruction and its Legacy,and the Gilded Age.Students interested in AP United States History are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course.Students will be assessed on factual information as well as on their ability to analyze and draw connections between historical events.Assessments will take a variety of forms, including quizzes, objective tests, in-class and at home essays, and periodic graded homework assignments.

 

United States History II

United States History II

Grade 11 or 12

2 Semesters

Level 3

 

This course explores the history of the United States from the Spanish American War until the 2000s. Units of study included, the Spanish American War, Progressivism, World War I, The Jazz Age, The Depression, World War II, The Cold War, Civil Rights, and Modern Topics in US History.  Students will be assessed on factual information as well as on their ability to analyze and draw connections between historical events. Students will demonstrate knowledge through various forms of authentic assessment.  Some will be traditional, such as unit tests, essays, and research projects, while others will be non-traditional, such as flipped classroom and project-based learning. 


 

AP United States History

Grade 10, 11, or 12

2 Semesters

Level 1

This course offers students the opportunity to do college level work in United States History.  The course requires extensive reading and essay assignments.  Units of study include Pre-colonial America to Post World War II Diplomacy.  The course attempts to prepare the student for a Spring College Board examination, which awards college credit to successful participants.  A variety of classroom techniques expose the students to college format and demands.  Department approval is required for admission to this course.  Considerations include overall GPA, previous History grades (must be 93 and above for previous College Prep level courses, 89 for previous Honors level courses, and 85 for previous AP level courses), previous English grades, PSAT verbal scores, and a writing sample.

United States Government and Politics

 

U.S. Government and Politics

Grade 11 or 12

2 semesters

Level 3

This course provides an introductory examination of the U.S. political system, including the development of its framework, traditions, and values over the past 200 years. Themes/topics include the constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. government; institutions of the national government; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; political beliefs and behaviors; civil rights and civil liberties; and public policy. Discussion of current events will help students to apply theory and concepts to relevant daily experience. 

AP United States Government and Politics

Grade 11 or 12

2 Semesters

Level 1

 

T his course is offered to students who wish to do college level work in U.S. Government and Politics.  It is designed to give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.  This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of politics of specific examples.  It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Themes/topics include the constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. government; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; institutions of the national government; public policy; and civil rights and civil liberties. Historical research and analysis of historical documents will be required as well as assigned summer readings. The format is seminar style, requiring independent study by the student and extensive individual participation in group  discussions.  Department approval is required for admission to this course.  Considerations include overall GPA, previous History grades (must be 93 and above for previous College Prep level courses, 89 for previous Honors level courses, and 85 for previous AP level courses), previous English grades, PSAT verbal scores, and a writing sample.

AP European History

Grade 11 or 12

2 Semesters

Level 1 

This course is offered to students who wish to do college level work in European history. Topics to be covered include the Renaissance, Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, Contemporary European Thought, Wars of the Twentieth Century, the Cold War and the Super Powers. Historical research and analysis of historical documents will be required as well as assigned summer readings. The format is seminar style requiring independent study by the student and extensive individual participation in group discussions.  Department approval is required for admission to this course.  Considerations include overall GPA, previous History grades (must be 93 and above for previous College Prep level courses, 89 for previous Honors level courses, and 85 for previous AP level courses), previous English grades, PSAT verbal scores, and a writing sample.

Honors United States History II

Honors United States History II

Grades 11 and 12

2 semesters

Level 2 

In this course, students will study United States history from the Industrial Age to the present.  Cultural, economic, political, and social events of the period will be explored through research, discussion, writing assignments, and long-term projects.  Topics will include industry and innovation; immigration; desire to  build an empire; U.S. emergence as a world power, World War I, the Roaring 20s, the Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, the Civil Right  Movement, and recent presidential administrations.  Students will  learn not only historical facts, but be able to analyze point of view, make connections between events, and assess the actions of American leaders over the past century.  The course will be seminar-style and require a great deal of participation from the students.  History Department approval is required to enter this course, and there will be a summer reading assignment.


 

Honors United States History and Government

Honors Topics in United States History and Government

Grades 10 and 11

2 semesters

Level 2 

This course is a thematic survey of American historical, political, and social developments from the establishment of the English Colonies (beginning in the 1600s) to the Modern Era. A variety of classroom techniques expose the students to the rigors of an Advance Placement level course and attempts to prepare the student for AP level courses. Students interested in AP United States History and AP United States Government are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course Students will develop critical thinking skills, analyze primary sources, research methodology skills, place events in context, and understand the role of the political process in history as a result of this course. This course requires extensive writing assignments, research, and class discussion. Students will demonstrate knowledge through various forms of authentic assessment. Some will be traditional, such as unit tests, essays, and research projects, while others will be non-traditional, such as flipped classroom and project-based learning. There will be a summer reading requirement.

Honors United States Government and Politics

Grades 11 and 12

2 semesters 

Level 2 

This course provides an examination of the U.S. political system, including the development of its framework, traditions, and values over the past 200 years.  Themes/topics include the constitutional underpinnings of the U.S. government; institutions of the national government; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; political beliefs and behaviors; and civil rights and civil liberties.  Discussion of current events will help students to apply theory and concepts to relevant daily experience. This course is designed to give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.  It requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics.  Historical research and analysis of historical documents will be required as well as assigned summer readings.  Department approval is required for admission to this course.