Grade 10 - Social Studies
AP United States History A (Credit: 0.50)AP United States History is an intensive full year course divided into two semesters. The course focuses on exploring and analyzing American historical events, individuals and cultural trends. You will be prepared with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States History. This first semester course covers the time frame of 1492 to 1877, and the second semester course covers the time frame 1878 to present.
This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam in United States History that is administered by the College Board Educational testing center. The class satisfies the United States History requirement for graduation.
The American Pageant 16th Edition, David M. Kennedy, Lizabeth Cohen
Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2020 Edition
AP US Government and Politics A (Credit: 0.50)This course examines the U.S. political system. Students in this course will discuss political ideology, the development of the political system and democratic institutions. Students should, according to the College Board, gain an “analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.” Furthermore, students will study “both the general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples” throughout history. The class discussion will require that students acquire a “familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics.” The main emphasis of the course, however, is to be able to apply a basic comprehension of the U.S. political system to contemporary events.
AP US Government and Politics B (Credit: 0.50)This course examines the U.S. political system. Students in this course will discuss political ideology, the development of the political system and democratic institutions. Students should, according to the College Board, gain an “analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States.” Furthermore, students will study “both the general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples” throughout history. The class discussion will require that students acquire a “familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics.” The main emphasis of the course, however, is to be able to apply a basic comprehension of the U.S. political system to contemporary events.
World History A - Semester 1 (Credit: 0.50)World History begins with a focus on the skills needed to read, understand, and analyze history, also demonstrating how historians and social scientists arrive at their conclusions about human history. Semester A covers the history of civilization from hunter-gatherer societies through the characteristics of the earliest civilizations to the Enlightenment period in Western Europe. The second half of Semester A explores early intellectual, spiritual, and political movements and their impact on interactions among world cultures.
Foundations of Economics
World History A Honors - Semester 1 (Credit: 0.50)In World History A Honors, students explore ancient civilizations in order to understand the geographic, political, economic, and social characteristics of people. By developing their understanding of the past, students can better understand the present and determine their direction for the future. In this course, students explore the first civilization in Mesopotamia; the ancient civilizations of China, Greece, and Rome; the rise of the Byzantine Empire; and the feudal system in Europe and Japan. They also learn about the Renaissance and Reformation, the Enlightenment Period, and the scientific and democratic revolutions in Europe that spread to the new nation of America. The last part of the course concentrates on the Napoleonic Era, the Industrial Revolution in England, and the rise of imperialism in Europe. In addition, historical analysis and current events are featured in the final lessons.
Legacy of China
Roots of Democracy
Rise and Fall of Rome
Development of Trade
Impact of the Renaissance
Atlantic Slave Trade
World History B - Semester 2 (Credit: 0.50)Semester B applies the reading and analytical strategies introduced in Semester A to the events and movements that created the modern world. In the second semester, World History emphasizes the effects of the Industrial Revolution and changing attitudes about science and religion as well as the impact of European colonization. Students are encouraged to make connections between World War I and II and events related to the Cold War and between 19th-century imperialism and modern independence movements.
The Scientific Revolution
The Industrial Revolution
Colonization and Imperialism
20th century political and social movements
World Wars I and II
The Cold War
Modern independence movements
Contemporary global conflicts
World History B Honors - Semester 2 (Credit: 0.50)In this course, students examine the factors leading up to World War I, the rise of nationalism, and the worldwide economic depression. The causes of War II, and the military strategies involved are also analyzed. The advances in modern warfare for both World Wars are a special focus. In addition, students learn about the struggle between the ideologies of democracy and communism as well as the change in the balance of power after World War II in which countries fought for self-rule. An appraisal of the Cold War and the fall of the Soviet Union are included. Later lessons find students exploring the roots of terrorism and the conflicts in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia. The final unit of the course centers on the new global economy, advances in science and technology, and current environmental issues. Students assess primary and secondary source materials in depth. Projects and class discussions challenge students to predict outcomes, draw conclusions, and make choices based upon critical thinking.
World War I
Rise of Fascism
World War II
Collapse of the USSR