Grade 9 - Social Studies

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 Geography A- Semester 1 (Credit: 0.50)

The student will be taught to use the basic skills of map reading and development, geographic technology, and the recognition of geographic themes to make sense of the world. The course examines world regions including the nations, people, and cultures of the Americas and Western Europe.

Major Concepts:

Exploring Geography
Climates and Ecosystems
Population, Culture, Resources, and Land Use
The U.S. and its Regions
Canada
Mexico
Central America and the Caribbean
Brazil
Countries of South America
The British Isles and Nordic Nation
Central Western Europe
Mediterranean Europe

World Geography B - Semester 2 (Credit: 0.50)

This second-semester course continues to teach the basic skills of map reading and development, the use of geographic technology, and the recognition of geographic themes. The focus examines the world regions, including the nations, people, and cultures of Central Europe and Northern Eurasia, Central and Southwest Asia, South Asia, Africa, East Asia, and the Pacific.

Major Concepts:

Central and Eastern Europe
Russia
The Caucasus and Central Asia
The Countries of SW Asia
The Countries of South Asia
North Africa
West and Central Africa
East and Southern Africa
China
Japan and the Koreas
Southeast Asia
The Pacific World and Antarctica





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