Skyline 3

Learning Recommendations: Successful completion of World History 1, 2, and 3 or the equivalent. This course is taught in a block with EN652A/B - IB English: Language & Literature HL 1.

General Description: This course is the first of a two year progression that prepares students for sitting for the Higher Level exam in May of their senior year. The IB History of the Americas HL 1 course is based on a comparative and multi-perspective approach to the history of the Americas. It involves the study of a variety of types of history, including political, economic, social, and cultural, and provides a balance of structure and flexibility. The course emphasizes the importance of encouraging students to think historically and to develop historical skills, as well as gain factual knowledge. It puts a premium on developing the skills of critical thinking, and on developing an understanding of multiple interpretations of history. In this way, the course involves a challenging and demanding critical exploration of the past.

Content: The course has a primary focus on U.S. History from the Civil War to the present with comparative historical elements from Latin America and Canada. In-depth units of study include: Civil War and Reconstruction, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam Era, and Emergence of Contemporary America.

Strategies: Students will practice critical thinking, reading, writing, speaking, listening, and research skills.

Equipment to be provided by Student: None

Note: Skyline offers the IB History exam at both the Standard and Higher Levels. In order to sit for the IB History Higher Level exam, students must take both IB History of the Americas HL 1 and SS655A/B - IB History of the Americas HL 2 in 11th & 12th grades.