The courses that are grouped under the general heading of Social Studies are those that help students master the fundamentals of history, geography, civics, and economics while providing a context within which to analyze current events. Included within this curriculum are Global Studies I/II, United States History, Government/Current Events, and Advanced Placement European History. Students will learn the important role of God in man’s history, his culture, his interaction with the environment, and the forming of governmental and economic institutions. Through the Social Studies curriculum the students will acquire study and writing skills (i.e. using research sources, essay writing), technology skills (i.e. use of the internet and power point), social studies skills (i.e. reading graphs and maps, interpreting statistics), and critical thinking skills (i.e. analyzing and synthesizing information). As these skills are learned and applied, the student will achieve a better understanding of the world around them.
The students will: 1. Develop his or her personal view of their role as Christians in a secular world 2. Identify parts of the major cultures such as values, government, religion, economic systems and the arts. 3. Recognize Gods gift of diversity among individuals, cultures, beliefs, and customs. 4. Gather information and classify issues to solve problems and make moral decisions. 5. Develop research and writing skills.
The goals in Social Studies will be achieved through: 1. Discussion of their faith and how it relates to the domestic and international political view, the role of religion in our domestic and world history, the analysis of changing value systems within our nation and world, and an analysis of how religion has impacted domestic and world history. 2. Discussion, individual research, and group projects students will explore world domestic cultures at different time periods, comparing political and economic systems, the role of religion within that society, and how this is portrayed through the arts. 3. Recognition and appreciation of diversity among individuals and cultures, by becoming familiar with significant historical events, peoples, and places. 4. The awareness of the platforms of American political parties, under-stand international political views, be able to prioritize significant issues and incorporate them into life situations. 5. Improving his or her social study skills, critical thinking skills, technology skills, and writing skills. This will include the writing of thesis papers, participation in debates and discussions, taking notes, outline participation in simulation games, hearing from guest speakers, and having access to the internet.
U. S. History students studied the Civil War and had fun learning "The Virginia Reel" dance.
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