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: Civics/World History 1 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. First 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. Second semester will study causes of continuity and change in civilizations, religions, technology, and society in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The course focuses on critical thinking, persuasive expression, essay writing, note taking, research, and other relevant skills.


      1st Semester

  • Analyze key civic principles (individual vs. collective rights, democratic principles, foreign policy, etc.)

  • Compare and contrast diverse political systems
  • Examine the history and functioning of the U.S. Constitutional system
  • Identify issues at national, state, and local levels
  • Analyze the benefits and limitations of different economic systems
  • Analyze how economic choices by one group impact the global community

      2nd Semester:

  • Focus on historical, geographic, and economic events and concepts in non-European regions and cultures
  • Compare and analyze how ideas in different times and places bring about continuity, conflict and change
  • Develop map and chart skills to aid in understanding key issues of geography
  • Analyze historical instances of cultural interaction and conflict
  • Analyze the impact of technology on cultures

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

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in the Civics course include:

The Washington State Technology Standards addressed in the World History 1 course include: