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Social Science Course Information Sheets
The purpose of this course is to develop fluency with core democratic and constitutional concepts and events to guide in decision making and meeting responsibilities as participants in our democratic republic and market economy. Specifically students will be able to:
- identify and analyze the philosophical roots, and constitutional structure, of U.S. democracy including individual rights. (12.1-12.5 & 12.9)
- analyze the essential framework and functions of government in the United States. (12.1, 12.4-12.7, 12.9-12.10)
- analyze forms of civil society that influence participation in U.S. political culture. (12.1-12.3, 12.5-12.6, 12.8 & 12.10)
The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge of essential democratic and constitutional concepts and events to guide in decision making and meeting responsibilities as participants in our democratic republic and economy. Specifically students will be able to:
- identify and analyze the philosophical and historical roots, and constitutional structure, of U.S. democracy.
- analyze the essential framework and functions of government in the United States.
- analyze individual rights and forms of civil society that influence participation in U.S. political culture.
The subject matter of Contemporary World Issues will focus on the 20th century world. In this course, we will work to build on 9th grade World Studies skills that are then transferable to 11th and 12th grade Social Studies courses. These Social Studies skills include: reading, listening, writing, researching, discussing, interpreting, collaborating with others, problem solving, presenting and studying, as well as using maps, charts and graphs. Mastery of these skills will prepare students for success at MVHS, college, and in the workforce. Students will learn not just about the state of the world today, but also how to learn.
1st semester: The subject matter for first semester will focus on building Social Studies Skills including: studying, reading, listening, writing, researching, discussing, interpreting, collaborating with others, problem solving, and presenting as well as using maps, charts and graphs. Learning those skills will prepare students for CIvics and Econ ELL classes as well as WS SDAIE. Students will learn skills that will allow them to participate in current events review and civic engagement. The content will be focused on key American cultural events that have helped to shape the US of today.
2nd semester: The subject matter for the second semester will focus on the 20th century world. We will continue to build on the above Social Studies Skills as we follow the State Curriculum Standards for 10th grade World Studies. Our areas of study will be: India, China, South Africa, Mexico and Globalization
The purpose of this course is to develop fluency with core historical concepts and events to guide in decision making and meeting responsibilities as participants in our democratic society. Students will be able to recognize throughout the time periods studied specific examples of the following themes:
- Europe’s interaction with the world
- Economic and commercial development
- Cultural and intellectual development
- States and other institutions of power
- Social organizations and development
- National and European identity
- Technological and scientific innovations
Each unit embeds and spirals the historical thinking skills of comparison, causation, continuity and change throughout the course, providing students with sufficient repetition to master and transfer those skills when taking future college-level history courses.
Although the AP exam is not the sole focus, the course is structured to provide robust preparation in content and skills.
By the end of this class, a successful student will:
- Understand the brain and human/animal behavior.
- Critically analyze psychological information, documents, case studies, and perspectives to identify positions that can be supported with evidence.
- Explain the ideas, theories, and methods of the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.
- Analyze data from psychological research studies.
Skills You will learn:
- Connecting psychological concepts and theories to real-life scenarios
- Understanding and interpreting data
- Analyzing research studies in psychology
- Reading, research, writing, verbal and written evidentiary argument
- Critical thinking skills
The students will also prepare for the AP exam; however it is not mandatory that every student take the AP exam.
This course explores the political theory and everyday practice that directs the daily operation of our government. The purpose of this course is to help students gain and display an understanding of American politics and the processes of government that help shape our public policies. Throughout the course, we will examine our institutions of government, the people who run those institutions, the public policies made by those institutions, and the influences of the electorate and other groups on policy. By the completion of the course, students will be able to understand and evaluate competing arguments and formulate and express opinions on political and policymaking processes.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students to exercise their rights and responsibilities in a democratic society. Towards that end, the course has the following objectives:
- The purpose of this course is to understand concepts and events that fostered continuity and change in modern US history.
- In this course, students examine major developments and turning points in American history from the late nineteenth century to the present.
- As a result of instruction, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and critical thinking around
- The expanding role of the federal government; the emergence of a modern corporate economy; the impact of technology on American society and culture; changes in racial, ethnic, and gender dynamics in American society; the movements toward equal rights for racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities and for women; and the rise of the United States as a major world power.
US History at MVHS Core Value:
- Create active and informed citizens who understand and appreciate the complexities of the United States and its history.
As a result of successful participation in the course, students will improve their:
- Content knowledge of United States history from approximately 1491 to the present and understanding of seven themes (American and national identity; migration and settlement; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; geography and the environment; and culture and society).
- Historical Thinking Skills, including but not limited to: compare/contrast, causation, contextualization, continuity and change over time, interpretation, analyzing evidence, argumentation, synthesis, and periodization.
- College level writing skills through the use of analysis and evidence to support a thesis.
2020-21: US History (SDAIE)
The purpose of this course is to give students an overview and appreciation of United States History so that students feel more prepared to exercise their rights and responsibilities in American society. Towards that end, the course has two objectives:
- To develop students’ understanding of United States history and founding ideals, with a focus on the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as listed in the California State Content Standards.
- To improve student’s proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students to exercise their rights and responsibilities in a democratic society. Towards that end, the course has two focuses:
- The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies from 1200 to today.
- To improve students’ skills in the social sciences to college level performance.
Although the AP exam is not the only focus, the course is structured to provide thorough preparation.
As a result of instruction, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of key case studies from the following historical periods:
The World in 1750
The Industrial Revolution
Students will also be able to demonstrate the ability to:
Summarize the main ideas from a variety of sources including textual primary and secondary sources, articles, video and other mediums.
Assess historical sources for both historical information and reliability
Identify a claim and supporting historical evidence in primary and secondary sources
Craft a historically accurate claim and provide clearly reasoned evidence to support that claim in writing.