Social Studies

MHSHS Social Studies Department Course Descriptions

Global History and Geography:

Global History and Geography is a two-year course that spans over 9th and 10th grade. In the 9th grade students will study history beginning with the Paleolithic Age through the European’s arrival in the Americas and the English adoption of Democracy in 1688. In the 10th grade students will continue their studies beginning with the Scientific Revolution and concluding with today. This course is designed to focus on the five New York State determined social studies standards and common themes that recur across time and place. The global connections students will examine in this course include cultural diffusion, migration, multi regional empires, belief system, trade and conflict.

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore what is happening in various regions and civilizations at a given time. In addition, it will enable students to investigate issues and themes from multiple perspectives and make global connections and linkages that lead to in-depth understanding. As students explore the five social studies standards, they will have multiple opportunities to explore the content and intellectual skills of history and the social science disciplines. This course will focus heavily on developing reading and writing skills. Specially, students will work to use historical sources to craft claims and defend these claims using evidence. This course will conclude with a state Regents exam in the spring of 10th grade.

 

 

United States History:

American History and Government is an 11th grade course that focuses specifically on United States History. United States history is the history of a great experiment in representative democracy. The basic principles and core values expressed in the Declaration of Independence became the guiding ideas for our nation's civic culture. United States history since the Declaration of Independence has witnessed continued efforts to apply these principles and values to all people, but, as the history of our nation shows, that document and its amendments represented only the first step in achieving "liberty and justice for all."

One major goal of the American History course calls for students to learn about the structure and function of governments and to learn how to take on their roles as citizens. Students should understand those basic principles and the cultural heritage that support our democracy so that they can become informed, committed participants in our democracy. American History students will study examples that describe how individuals and groups throughout history have challenged and influenced public policy and constitutional change. These examples and this course of study should help students understand how ordinary citizens and groups of people interacted with lawmakers and policy makers and made a difference. This course will focus heavily on developing reading comprehension and writing skills. Specially, students will work to use historical sources to craft claims and defend these claims using evidence. This course will conclude with a state Regents exam in the spring of 11th grade.

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