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Social Studies Department Mission/Goals:

 

The Social Studies Department at McKinley Technology prides itself on delivering rigorous curriculum designed to challenge students to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions that diverse civilizations and cultures have made throughout history using the C3 Framework and Common Core Standards The department aspires to nurture the growth of its students by promoting social justice values and creating citizens that will take informed actions to become historians in their own right.

Social Studies Department Goals

  1. Challenge students with thought-provoking questions that address the contributions of diverse cultures.
  2. Cultivate a thirst for knowledge, as well as promote independent and critical thinking skills in order to become globally literate
  3. Promote an environment that fosters open discourse.
  4. Encourage the development of research and writing skills within the discipline of the social sciences.

COURSES:

AP US History- Credit: 1.0

This Social Studies course prepares students for intermediate and advanced college social studies courses. It is taught with college-level texts, and preparation for the A.P. test will be an integral part of the course. Students will learn to assess historical materials--their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance--and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The course will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.

 

AP World History- Credit: 1.0

This Social Studies course is designed to help students develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies. The course highlights the nature of changes in global systems, their causes and consequences, and comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence. Preparation for the A.P. test will be an integral part of the course. Students will learn to assess historical materials--their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance; and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. This course will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. This program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college social studies courses.

 

AP Human Geography- Credit: 1.0

This Social Studies course is designed for systemic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human and social organization and its environmental consequence. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. The particular topics in this course should be judged in light of the following five college-level goals that build on the National Geographic Standards developed in 1994 and revised in 2012. The student should be able to: 1) Interpret maps and analyze geospatial data; 2) Understand and explain the implications of associations and networks among phenomena in places; 3) Recognize and interpret the relationships among patterns and processes at different scales of analysis; 4) Define regions and evaluate the regionalization process; 5) Characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places. This course is taught with college-level texts, and preparation for the AP test will be a goal of the course.

 

AP Psychology- Credit: 1.0

 

This Social Studies course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. The course is taught with college-level texts, and preparation for the A.P. test will be an integral part of the course. This program of study prepares students for intermediate and advanced college social studies courses.

 

African American History- Credit: .5

 

This Social Studies course examines African Americans, their history, and their culture in order to develop an understanding and an appreciation of the role played by the African Americans in the history of America. Students will be able to trace African American history and culture back to the kingdoms of ancient Africa.

 

Global Perspectives- Credit: .5

 

This Social Studies course enables students to develop a global world view through their own study of different perspectives on the issues of our time.

 

Principles of US Government- (Graduation Requirement) Credit: 0.5

 

This Social Studies course applies knowledge gained in previous years of study to a deeper understanding of the institutions of American Government. In addition, students draw on their studies of world and American history and geography and other societies to compare differences and similarities in world governmental systems today. This course is the culmination of the social science classes designed to prepare students to address society's problems, to understand and participate in the governmental process, and to be a responsible citizen of the United States and the world.

 

District of Columbia History & Government- (Graduation Requirement) Credit: 0.5

 

This social science course examines the major events in Washington, DC's history, particularly in relationship to the students' past learning of American history. Students will study the creation of Washington, DC and the subsequent historical developments of the capital city of the United States. Students will also study major influences, including slavery, war, emancipation, Reconstruction, urbanization, civil rights, and home rule.

 

World History & Geography II: Modern World- (Graduation Requirement) Credit: 1.0

 

This Social Studies course introduces tenth graders to world history and geography during the modern era. Students will study the development and changes of complex civilizations from approximately 1750 to the present. Students will be able to apply their understanding of the historic as well as the contemporary geographic, social, political, and economic consequences of the various areas and problems they review as they relate to the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Rise of Imperialism and Colonialism, World War I, Totalitarianism, World War II, and Nationalism.

 

US History & Geography: Gilded Age to Present (Graduation Requirement)- Credit: 1.0

 

This Social Studies course reviews the settlement of the colonies and the American Revolution, westward expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.  Students will examine the major turning points in American history from the Industrial Revolution through the 20th century. Students will evaluate the effect on major national developments of the expanding role of the federal government and the federal courts; the balance of power between the right of the individual and states' rights; the continuing struggle between minority rights and majority power; the emergence of a modern corporate economy; the impact of technology; and the role of the United States as a major world power.

 

World History & Geography I: Middle Ages (Graduation Requirement)- Credit: 1.0

 

This Social Studies course introduces ninth graders to world history and geography during the medieval and early modern eras. Students will study the development and changes of complex civilizations, identify and explore the similarities and patterns of these civilizations, and analyze ways that concurrently developing civilizations affected each other. Major eras and trends of study include: developments during the Middle Ages of the Islamic, Chinese, Japanese, sub-Saharan, European, Andean, and Mesoamerican civilizations; the Golden Age of the Ottoman Empire; the Renaissance and Reformation ;colonialism; Scientific Revolution; the Age of Political Revolutions; and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Student learning will be shaped by an understanding of the historic and contemporary phenomena through the categorical lenses of social, political, religious, intellectual, technological, thought. Projects and activities throughout this course will reflect the skills expectations of rote, reasoning, reflection, and research. Additionally, the five themes of geography (location, movement, region, place, and human environmental interaction) will be integrated so that students better understand the relationship between geography and the development of civilizations.

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