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Social Studies

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Access to a working computer and printer is necessary and required 

for all levels of Social Studies.
 
 
The following courses meet the UC/CSU  A-G requirements:
 
 
 
GEOGRAPHY & CURRENT ISSUES    Grade 9
 
Description:  This course studies geography through the interrelationships of culture groups and world regions with importance placed on understanding and interpreting complex issues from geographical, historical, and Biblical perspectives. Students will actively follow national and international current events. Critical thinking, writing, reading, and research skills are emphasized.
 
Text: National Geographic Student Atlas of the World, 4th Edition  (ISBN:  978-1-4263-1775-0)
                   (Check with BC librarian to confirm this is the current one, as they are updated frequently)
 
Classroom Use of:  State of the World Atlas and Upfront Magazine (fee assessed at Book Sales)
 
Supplies:
  • Computer/Internet access & printer
  • Twelve (12) different colored pencils
  • Four (4) colored pens (preferred: blue, black, green, red)
  • Black Thin-line Sharpie pen
  • Course Supply Fee (See Book Sales for details)  Includes dividers and binders provided in class
  • Lined notebook paper - 3-hole punch (NO spiral notebooks)

   

 

 

MODERN WORLD HISTORY    Grade 10

Description:  Sophomores examine the events in history that shaped our modern world. A review of pertinent ancient and medieval history is included.  The examination of the interdependence of people and cultures of the world are of special focus.  "Just as a filmmaker uses multiple lenses to tell a story, this program invites students to begin with a wide-angle view to examine eras in world history."  Five themes of world history are used to compare and contrast themes, periods, and peoples:  Cultural Interaction, Social Structures, Political Structures, Economic Structures, and Human-Environment Interaction.
 
 Text: History Alive! World Connections   
 
Supplies:
  • Separate Binder with five (5) tabs
  • Notebook paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Internet access
 

Fee:  Covers Online text subscription, access to classroom set of textbooks, and classroom set of Upfront magazine, approx. tba, paid at Book Sales

 
 
 
 
AP  WORLD HISTORY     Grade 10
 
Description:  This course is designed to be a college level world history survey. The chronological frame is from the earliest farming settlements in prehistoric times to the present. This course attempts to be a true world history in that there is a balanced coverage of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe with an emphasis on the interactions of peoples. This is developed through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate thinking skills. Specific themes and habits of mind provide the glue which is the organizing principle of the course. Students are expected to be diligent in their study and to work towards successful completion of the AP World History Exam in May.
 
Text: Traditions & Encounters, AP Edition, 5th Edition  ISBN: 978-0-07-659438-2 
          
 
Prerequisites: Approval of the Department Chair and satisfactory completion of summer assignments
 
Supplies: 
  • Binder - 2 inch, three-ring
  • Blue or black ballpoint pens
  • Red pen
  • Highlighter
  • Pencils
  • Notebook paper
  • Computer/Internet access with ability to print
 

Fee:  AP Class fee (#125), paid at Book Sales

 
  
 
 
US HISTORY   Grade 11
 
Description:  Juniors examine American history from the foundations of our democracy and the reforms of the Progressive Period in the early 1900’s to modern America through the present day. Special emphasis is placed on studying the American culture and the inner-workings of our government and society as decisions were made that impacted the entire world. Internet research and projects, oral histories, presentations and art expand historical understanding and experience through a variety of perspectives.
 
 Text: History Alive!  Pursuing American Ideals (online text, with classroom set of hard copy texts)
          (ISBN: 978-1-934534-51-9)
 
Supplies:
  • Separate binder with 5 tabs 
  • Access to a computer and the Internet
 
Fee:  Covers online text license and classroom set of textbooks, and access to Upfront Magazine, approx. tba, paid at Book Sales 
 
 
 
 
 
AP US HISTORY
 
Description:  Advanced Placement United States History is a two-semester course equivalent to a two-semester college introductory course in U.S. history. It is a chronological study of American history from the earliest European settlements to the present. Thinking and writing skills are major emphases of the course. Students are expected to be diligent in their study and to work towards successful completion of the AP U.S. History Exam. The course meets the requirement for two semesters of U.S. History.  College credit is possible depending upon the student’s AP U.S. History Exam score and individual college policies.
 
Prerequisites: A student must be grade 11 or above, have outstanding achievement in previous history and English classes, and on standardized tests.  Approval of instructor required
 
Text:  Henretta, et al, America’s History, 6th Edition  (ISBN:  978-0-312-46548-3)
  
Supplies:
  • Student will need to purchase a review book later in the course; about $12
  • Red, green, blue, black pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters (3 various colors)
  • Lined notebook paper - 3 hole punched (no SPIRAL notebooks)
  • Computer/internet access and printer 
  • Course binder and dividers (provided in class; paid at Book Sales)
 
Fee:  AP Class fee ($125) paid at Book Sales
 
 
 
 
 
 
US GOVERNMENT   Grade 12
 
Description:  The goal of this course is to help students become better citizens of the United States because they are informed, aware, and skilled in participating in the American political system at all of its levels. There is emphasis on the foundations of American government, the three branches of government, our freedoms and responsibilities, and the mechanics of participation. We approach all of this from the perspective of being Christians who are working towards His will being done here as it is in Heaven. This is a one semester class.
 
Text: United States Government: Democracy in Action  (ISBN:  978-0-07-879982-2)
 
Supplies:
  • One section of binder with a divider for Government
  • Blue or black ballpoint pens
  • Red pen
  • Highlighter
  • Pencils
  • Notebook paper
 

Fee:  Subscription to Upfront magazine  

 

 

 

AP GOVERNMENT and POLITICS    Grade 12

Description:  Students study general concepts used to interpret U.S. government and politics and analyze specific topics, including:

  • Constitutional Underpinnings,
  • Political Beliefs and Behaviors,
  • Political Parties, Interest Groups and Mass Media,      
  • Institutions of National Government,
  • Public Policy, and
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
 

An integral part of the course includes analysis and interpretation of basic data relevant to U.S. government and politics, and the development of connections and application of relevant theories and concepts.

Text: American Democracy Now--3rd Edition  (ISBN: 978-0-07-352639-3)
 
Supplies:
  • Binder - 2 inch, three-ring binder
  • Blue or black ballpoint pens
  • Red pen
  • Highlighter
  • Pencils
  • Notebook paper
  • Computer/Internet access with ability to print
 

Fee:  AP class fee ($125) paid at Book Sales

 

                                                                  

 

   
ECONOMICS   Grade 12
 
Description:  This course provides a comprehensive study of the basic concepts, principles, and practices of economics. Instruction covers basic economic concepts that underlie the United States market system and its operations. The course includes discussion on both the micro and macro levels. The goals are to promote informed voter and consumer decision making, provide information about major economic theories and prominent economists, appreciate the role of entrepreneurs, and emphasize how economics influence the lives of ordinary citizens.  
  
Text: *Econ Alive!  The Power to Choose 
 
Supplies:
  • One section of binder with a divider for Government
  • Blue or black pens
  • Red Pen
  • Highlighter
  • Pencils
  • Notebook paper
 
Fee:  *Online subscription for textbook paid at Book Sales