Course Title and Description: Survey of Social Studies!~ The Global Community
What will become of Syria? Will there ever be a Palestinian state? Is Iran the nuclear threat some say it is? Will the peace be broken between North & South Korea? Will China dominate the global economy? What is America’s role in a changing world? These are examples of the types of questions that the first half of our introductory course in Social Studies will explore, using curriculum based on the Choices Program developed by Brown University. After looking at issues of conflict in the contemporary world, we will zoom back to the beginning of history to learn about critical themes in human geography and history.
Although there will be a rich and dynamic curriculum content for both parts of this course, the current and the earliest part of our history, the competencies for this course are all about skills. There will be an emphasis on: critical reading, using a wide variety of often complex materials, critical thinking, using the analysis, synthesis, and discussion skills required for role play that forms the core of the Choices Program, and information literacy and writing skills that will be part of the research paper component. There will also be multiple opportunities to link the study of our contemporary world as well the history with literature in 9th grade Language Arts.
This 9th grade introduction to Social Studies will leave off where the 10th grade course will begin which is Modern history beginning with the Renaissance.
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