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Learning Recommendations: Students should be prepared to examine the history, culture and government systems of the world. Students should be prepared to critically read and write about content.

General Description: World Studies 1/Civics Block is a yearlong combination course that integrates Social Studies and English curriculums in an examination of the history and development of diverse global cultures and the U.S. political system. The first semester will study causes of continuity and change in civilizations, religions, technology, and society in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Second semester will be focused on studying U.S. Civics to prepare students to fulfill their roles as citizens in a globally connected democratic society. We will examine the development and operation of the U.S. Constitutional system, examine the individual’s roles and responsibilities, identify issues at the local, state and national level, and debate the actions and ideas behind U.S. foreign policy. We will also study the economic and political systems of select Asian nations to bring a comparative approach to our examination of political and economic systems, as well as an analysis of specific rights and freedoms. The course focuses on critical thinking, persuasive expression, essay writing, note taking, research, and other relevant skills.

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Strategies: The approaches taken in this course should include, but not be limited to, collaborative and/or cooperative learning groups, inquiry based instruction, project based learning experiences, and direct instruction formats such as lectures.

 

Equipment to be provided by Student: USB memory stick (thumb drive) recommended