Social Studies

 social studies

Department Head:
Mrs. Guiterrez:
AP U.S Gov./AP Economics/U.S. Gov/Economics
Mrs.Guiterrez


Teachers:


     

        Mr.Cruz  Mr.Flores Mrs.Garcia Mr.Guerra
                    Mr. Cruz-                        Mr.Flores-                 Mrs.Garcia-             Mr.Guerra-
            AP/World History             U.S History             Economics/U.S     World Geography
               World History                                                                   Gov

           Mr.Wilson   

                 Mr.Wilson-
             U.S History/AP
                U.S History


World Geography
​:
Credit: 1
9th Grade
This course provides an opportunity to study the interaction of man and his environment. This study includes current development around the world which affect the physical and cultural setting. Cultural setting includes people, their political structure, the way of life, customs, mores, and past events that impact the environment. Emphasis is on the geographical processes, which affect decisions made concerning interrelationships among nations, production and distribution of goods, use and abuse of resources, and economic conditions. Urban analysis and population problems are important aspects of this course.


Pre-AP/PAP World Geography:
 
Credit: 1 
9th
Grade
 This course is centered on the five major themes of geography which includes location, place,        region, movement, and interaction. This course provides an opportunity to study geographic and environmental patterns, the interaction of man and his environment, current development which  affect physical and cultural settings, urban analysis, and population problems that affect places around the world. Special emphasis will be placed on enhancing higher level thinking by learning to apply a geographical perspective to solve problems. This is an advanced project class that will require research and basic computer skills.


World History:
Credit: 1
10th Grade
This is a general survey course of world history from the beginning of man to the contemporary world, with emphasis on the following: Classical Civilization, the Medieval World, Renaissance and Reformation, and the shaping of the modern world.


Pre-AP/PAP World History: 
Credit: 1
10th Grade
This course emphasizes political and economic development, the influence of geography on cultures, the growth of science and technology, and the creativity in the arts of important civilizations throughout history. Special emphasis will be given to the origins of Western civilization. Students in this class will be expected to apply higher level thinking skills through analysis of a primary source document, required outside reading that deal with complex political, economic, and social issues. Students will also complete an independent research project.



U.S History:
Credit: 1
11th Grade
This is a general survey course of United States history from reconstruction to the present with emphasis on the following : Industrial Revolution, U.S Expansion, World War I, the 1920`s, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam and current issues. This course will require essays to be written.



Advanced Placement/AP U.S History: 
Credit: 1
11th Grade
This is a general survey course of the United States' history from Reconstruction to the present with emphasis on the following: Industrial Revolution, U.S Expansion, World War I, the 1920's, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam and current issues. This will also include the study of the United States' geography. The students in this class will be expected to apply higher level thinking skills and do more outside independent work. Testing will consist of all essays and short answer questions geared to promote students analytic thinking. Students will be expected to do a research paper in each of the two semester terms.



U.S Government: 
Credit: 0.5
​12​th​ Grade
Prerequisite Grade 12th
This course is the study of the functions of the various branches (legislative, judicial, executive) and the different levels of government. This course includes a look at elections, political parties and interest groups. Students also study U.S foreign policies and national security.



Advanced Placement/AP U.S Government: 
Credit: 0.5
​12​th​ Grade
Prerequisite Grade 12th
AP U.S Government is designed to encourage the students to engage in a more critical and analytical approach to American Government than what is offered in the regular U.S Government class, which mainly stresses recall of facts. This course is designed for the college bound students and stresses academic application, i.e. voting responsibility and serving on a jury. Other major differences include the use of essay typed tests and more intensive use of lecture methods with emphasis on note-taking skills. Students in this class will be expected to apply higher level thinking skills and do more outside independent work.

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