Learning Recommendations: Successful completion of Civics and World History 1, 2, and 3 or the equivalent

General Description: This yearlong course integrates English and Social Studies disciplines. The Social Studies portion of the course will review the economic, social, and political developments of the United States and its governmental structure, with emphasis on the 20th Century.

Content: The course uses primary and secondary documents and the history text to develop critical thinking, note-taking, and written and oral language skills. Units of study will include the following eras in American History: colonial, revolutionary, constitutional, early republic, westward migration, Civil War, Reconstruction, late 19th century, industrialization, progressive era, WWI, Boom or Bust 1920’s, WWII, Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, conformity to social revolution, and cynicism to conservative resurgence.

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Research-based papers
  • Multimedia presentations
  • Visual document analysis using graphs, charts, written documents, political cartoons and photographs
  • Cooperative group projects
  • Identifying bias
  • Nonfiction text reading and outlining

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

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in this course include: