Social Studies
Courses
Freshmen/Sophomores
World Affairs
Mrs. Moll
 Semester Course
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 Sophomores
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– Seniors
Topics
 Economics,
Government, Enviornment,
Terrorism, Health Issues, Human Rights and
Geopolitics
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Methods
 Simulations,
Discussions, Debates, Group
Projects
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Final Project – no exam
Full Year Course – Mrs. Moll
 9th and 10th Grade
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For students who are interested in how mankind
developed and how this influences the way we live today
Topics Include:
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People and society
How the people, places, ideas, and events of the world have
shaped who we are today
How the environment has different effects on societies around
the world
The causes related to the issues of the modern world
Study skills, reading skills, and test taking skills will be
developed and reinforced along the way
World Geography
Full Year Course—Mr. Wahlen
 Regions Studied:
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 Western
Hemisphere, Africa, Asia, Middle
East, Oceania
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Topics:
 Major
Land Forms, Cultures, Languages,
Groups, Politics, Economics, Diversity
World History
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Full year course—
 Mr.
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Phillips, Mr. Koller, Mr. Mehreioskouei
A survey of western and non-western
civilizations.
Students will trace the development of nations
and learn the economic, intellectual and social
advances of humanity.
Simulations, lectures, videos, projects
AP European History—10th-12th
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Full Year Course—Mr. Phillips
Requires recommendation or successful
experience in AP US
Studies European History from the Renaissance
to Present
Methods:
 Discussion,
presentations, role playing, lecture, other
engaged learning activities
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High Success Rate of former participants when
in college!
AP Human Geography
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9 -12
Full Year Course—Mr. Wahlen
Requires recommendation
Intense study of the relevance of geography to
today’s human problems.
 Topics and Current Events:
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Population growth, Immigration, Pop Culture,
Languages, Religious Issues, Conflict over
Ethnicity, Growth and Problems of Cities, World
Resources
 Methods:
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Discussion, Debate, Presentations, Lecture, Video
High Success Rate of former participants when
in college!
AP World History: 10-12th Grade
Full Year Course- Mr. M
 Requires recommendation or successful
experience in AP US
 Topics:
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 Intense
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analytical examination and discussion
of world civilizations.
Methods:
 Discussion,
presentations, document analysis,
lecture, other engaged learning activities
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High Success Rate of former participants
when in college!
Social Studies=Success in Life!
Multicultural Perspectives—10th12th
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Semester Course—Mr. Koller
Portfolio Course—No Tests
Topics:
 Prejudice,
One’s own heritage, African American,
Hispanic, and Asian cultures
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Activities:
 Share ethnic heritage…
 Music, food, family tree, cultural traditions
 Creation of Self-Culture Power Point
 Conflict
Resolution
Law and the Individual—11th and
12th
Semester Course—Mr. Baxter
 Studies:
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 Rights
and Liberties
 Analyzes the criminal justice system
 Discusses current legal issues
Leadership for Life—10th,11th 12th
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Semester Elective Course—Mrs. Wienke
Prerequisite for Leadership II
Content:
 Encourages
self-identity, self-development, selfimprovement and leadership skills.
 Course is activity and project based, allowing
individuals to learn their leadership style, their
strengths and weaknesses, with an emphasis on
teambuilding and leadership strategies.
 No Final Exam
 Field Trip to Outdoor Teams Rope Course
Leadership II
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Semester Elective Course: Mrs. Wienke
Must take Leadership I to take Leadership II
Content: Teamwork, Leadership, Communication, &
Values
Leadership in Action: Activity and Project based
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Guest speakers
Apprentice Team Challenge: teams put leadership skills to test in
a competitive team environment
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Challenges: Design an item of clothing for school store
Plan a Pep and Promote Assembly
Create a mentoring program for Incoming Freshman
Redesign the Cafeteria (food and structure)
*The goal is for the winning team to implement their programs
Planning School Wide Semester Presentation
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Past topics: AIDS Awareness, Election 2004, Prejudice and
Stereotypes, Teen Dating Violence, The Unseen, High School
Choices, The Environment
Leadership
Women’s Studies—10th, 11th, 12th
Taking the “His” out of History
Semester Course—Mrs. Wienke
 Open to both Males and Females
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The Role of Women Throughout U.S. history
Women and the Work force
Women, Education, and Sports
Women, Politics and Law
The Media and Body Image
Activism of Women’s causes throughout the century
The Effects of Violence Against Women
 Field
Trip to Outdoor Teams Rope Course
Women’s Studies
Psychology I—11th and 12th
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Semester Course—
 Mrs.
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Dvorak, Mrs. Wedoff, Mr. Cosentino
Topics:
 History
of Psych, Research, The Brain, Sensation and
Perception, Sleep and Dreams, Behaviorism,
Development, Personality, Memory
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Methods:
 Projects,
Demonstrations, Videos, Lectures, Role
Playing, Group Activities, Experiments
Psychology II—11th and 12th
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Semester Course—
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Must have a C in Psych I to take
Topics:
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Mrs. Dvorak, Ms. Kassner, Mr. Cosentino
Conformity, Attraction, Motivation and Emotion, Aggression and
Violence, Drugs, Stress, Psych Disorders
Methods:
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Projects, Demonstrations, Videos, Lecture, Discussions,
Experiments, Group Activities, Experiments
Psych Pics…
AP Psychology--11th and 12th
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Year Long Course—Mrs. Dvorak
 Alternative
to Psych 1 and 2
 Recommendation or past success in AP
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Preparation for the AP Exam and College Credit
Comprehensive overview of psychology
Methods:
 Experiments,
Demonstrations, Activities,
Collaborative Student Projects, Lecture and
Discussions, Simulations
AP Psych….Activities
Junior Required Course Options
US History 341
 US History 342
 General American
Studies 331
 American Studies
336
 AP US History 369
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US History 341 and 342
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Mr. Cosentino, Mr. Mehreioskouei, Mr. Rubin,
Mr. Wahlen, Mr. Yanule
Survey of US History—Full Year Course
Full year Course
 1st
Semester—Exploration and Colonization through
Imperialism 1900
 2nd Semester—1900 to Present
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Variety of Learning Methods
 Simulations,
Videos
Group Activities, Lecture, Projects,
American Studies 331/336
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Teachers:
 Mrs.
Lopez/Mr. Micheletto, Mrs. Wedoff/Mrs. Lagioa,
Lazzara/Richards, Cosentino/Davis, Cassidy/Curtin
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Team Taught w/an English Teacher
 Double
Period—Year Long Course w/both English
and Social Studies Credit
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Thematic Approach
 Combines
History and Literature with art, music,
architecture
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Attempts to answer the questions…
 What
is the American Dream? What is an American?
AP US History
Mrs. Lopez and Mr. Rubin
 Advanced Placement Level—Full Year
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 English
208 or Social Studies Teacher
Recommendation
Emphasis on research, writing, discussion,
and primary resources
 AP Test Prep/Possible College Credit
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