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2019-20: Civics

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 and historical 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)
  • These three areas of knowledge are divided into content strands which, collectively, make up the content assessment standard. 
    The course also emphasizes the Common Core skills of critical thinking, collaboration and communication.
     

    2019-20: Contemporary World Issues

    The subject matter of Contemporary World Issues will focus on the 20th century world.  In this course, we will work to build 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.  Mastery of these skills will prepare students for success at MVHS, college, and in the workforce. In short, students will learn not just about the state of the world today, but also how to learn.
     
    We will follow the State Curriculum Standards for 10th grade World Studies for our subject matter including: the Post World War II Era, nation building across the globe and the new global economy.  We will cover the regions including Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East in the modern era in depth.
     

    2019-20: European History (AP)

    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. Toward that end, the course has two focuses:
  • To develop in students an understanding of European history from the late Middle Ages to the present based on the College Board’s syllabus.
  • To improve students’ skills in the social sciences to college level performance.
  • Although the AP exam is not the sole focus, the course is structured to provide robust preparation in content and skills.
     

    2019-20: Psychology (AP)

    The course will introduce you to the workings of the brain and human/animal behavior. The course is intended to challenge students to critically analyze psychological information, documents, case studies, and perspectives to identify their own positions that can be supported with evidence.  The course will also serve to rigorously promote reading, research, writing, verbal and written evidentiary argument, and critical thinking skills to not only provide the challenge of an AP course, but also to build skills that will be vital to student success at the university level. The students will also prepare for the AP exam; however it is not mandatory that every student take the AP exam.
     

    2019-20: US History

    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 objectives: 
  • To develop students’ understanding of United States history and founding ideals with a focus on the twentieth century as listed in the California State Content Standards.
  • To improve students’ analysis, speaking, and listening skills in the social sciences as listed in the Common Core State Standards.
  • US History at MVHS Core Value:
    • Create active and informed citizens who understand and appreciate the complexities of the United States and its history.
     

    2019-20: US History (AP)

    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.
     

    2019-20: World History (AP)

    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 primary focus, the course is structured to provide thorough preparation.
     

    2019-20: World Studies

    The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the historical, geographical, political, economic and cultural contexts that together create the modern world. This understanding is obtained through an examination of the 10th grade California State Historical Social Science Framework from 1750 to the present. These standards focus on the major turning points and dynamics that shaped global history from the mid eighteenth century to the modern era. In this course we will work to build Common Core Social Studies Skills including: reading, writing, researching, and interpreting a variety of historical sources.
     
    We will follow the State Curriculum Framework for World Studies for our subject matter including:  The World in 1750, Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, New Imperialism, WWI, Totalitarianism, the Holocaust, WWII, the post WWII Era, the end of Colonialism, and the Origins of the Modern World.  We will have several formal papers and at least one research project.
     

    2017-18: AP Macroeconomics

    Course Descrption: The purpose of this course is to develop fluency with core economic concepts and events to guide in decision making and meeting responsibilities as participants in our market economy and democratic republic.
     

    2017-18: Contemporary World Issues SDAIE

    Course Description: The subject matter of Contemporary World Issues will focus on the 20th century world. In this course, we will work to build 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. Mastery of these skills will prepare students for success at MVHS, college, and in the work force. We will follow the State Curriculum Standards for 10th grade World Studies for our subject matter including: WWII, the Post War Era, nation building across the globe and the new global economy. We will cover the regions including China, Africa, Europe, Latin America, Middle East in 20th century and Social Activism.
     

    2017-18: Civics and Economics ELL

    Course Description: 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
     

    2017-18: Economics

    Course Description: The purpose of this course is to develop fluency with core economic concepts and events to guide in decision making and meeting responsibilities as participants in our market economy and democratic republic.
     

    2017-18: ELL Social Studies

    Course Description: 
     
    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. 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 topics will be: WWII, the Post War Era, nation building across the globe and the new global economy. We will cover the regions including China, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Social Activism.
     

    2017-18: US History SDAIE

    Course Description: This course will focus on modern United States History with an overview of the nation’s beginnings. We will work to build 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. We will follow the California History-Social Science Framework for 11th grade United States History, including: the Nation’s Beginnings; Industrialization, Urbanization, Immigration, and Progressive Reform; the Rise of the United States as a World Power; the 1920’s; the Great Depression; World War II; the Cold War; and Civil Rights Movement.