Underlying all of our instructional programs is the belief that the most important goal of social studies education is to prepare students for citizenship in a democratic society. This directly supports the school's mission statement which advocates that our "primary purpose is to enable students to become responsible members of the community."
The History and Social Science courses are designed to:
"Not to know what happened before you were born is to always remain a child."
Rather than using a traditional chronological approach to the study of history, these courses are organized around thematic units; each of which will trace a topic of its beginning to the present.
This will provide two significant advantages over the traditional presentation, including:
Activities such as lectures, class discussions, readings, historical role playing, critical viewing, and group problem solving will be used to help students learn about the following topics:
Law in Action is a practical course in our legal system designed to provide useful information and problem solving skills necessary for survival in our law oriented society. The curriculum includes activities such as contemporary case studies, mock trials, classroom simulations and conflict resolution activities.
The textbook, Street Law, uses interactive methods and focuses on legal issues relevant to students' lives.
Course topics will include:
This course explores the increasing interaction between diverse societies of the world. Global Issues with examine the role of the student as an individual, as an American, and as a global citizen. This course will provide students with the knowledge base and critical thinking abilities that they will need to be informed, involved, and active citizens both in a democratic society and as citizens of the world.
These goals will be accomplished through the exploration of various topics such as:
Materials will include documentaries, print media, films, and investigative journalism, including the use of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation.
This course explores the consequences of prejudice, discrimination, apathy, and abuse of power in one of the most violent times of the recent past...the 1930's and 1940's. Students investigate the forces that undermined democracy in Germany, as well as the political and ethical issues raised by the Holocaust. History is linked to individual choices, group behavior, and community participation in our own lives ...especially involving such issues as identity, power, violence, tolerance, and social responsibility. Activities such as lectures, class discussions, readings, historical role playing, critical viewing, and group problem solving are used.
Course topics will include:
The primary resource book used is Facing History and Ourselves (Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc.)
By completing the requirement for this course students will:
Social Studies Instructors
Mr. Michael Carr
Mrs. Catherine Glennon
Mr. Kyle Pare
Ms. Ashley Puls
Mr. Shaun Moriarty