Social Studies

Western Society INCAA ½ Credit, Grade 9

Essential Question:

What factors contributed to the development of civilization in Europe up through the Middle Ages?

Students will study the development of western culture from ancient Greek civilization through the Middle Ages. This course will include the cultural and social aspects of each time period as part of their historical study. Within the context of the course, students will work with historical documents (both primary and secondary) that will be used to develop writing skills that will relate to academic and career writing. This course is designed to provide more structure and teacher assistance for the student.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships of the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe up through the Middle Ages.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand developments of the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe up through the Middle Ages.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe up through the Middle Ages.


Western Society IINCAA ½ Credit, Grade 9

Essential Question:

What factors contributed to the development of civilization in Europe from the Renaissance into the twentieth century?

Students will study western culture from the Renaissance era through World War I. This course will include the cultural and social aspects of each time period as part of their historical study. Within the context of the course, students will work with historical documents (both primary and secondary) that that will be used to develop writing skills that will relate to academic and career writing. This course is designed to provide more structure and teacher assistance for the student.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships of the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe from the time of the Renaissance up through World War I.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand developments of the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe from the time of the Renaissance up through World War I.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe from the time of the Renaissance up through World War I.


European History INCAA ½ Credit, Grade 9

Essential Question:

What factors contributed to the development of civilization in Europe up through the Middle Ages?

Students will study the development of western culture from ancient Greek civilization through the Middle Ages. This course will include the cultural and social aspects of each time period as part of their historical study. Within the context of the course, students will work with historical documents (both primary and secondary) that will help students learn the skills to write all high school and college level papers. This course is geared towards the more independent learner. This course is required to receive the Gilford High School Diploma with Distinction.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships of the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe up through the Middle Ages.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand developments of the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe up through the Middle Ages.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe up through the Middle Ages.


European History IINCAA ½ Credit, Grade 9

Essential Question:

What factors contributed to the development of civilization in Europe from the Renaissance into the twentieth century?

Students will study western culture from the Renaissance era through World War I. This course will include the cultural and social aspects of each time period as part of their historical study. Within the context of the course, students will work with historical documents (both primary and secondary) that that will help students learn the skills to write all high school and college level papers. This course is geared towards the more independent learner. This course is required to receive the Gilford High School Diploma with Distinction.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships of the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe from the time of the Renaissance up through World War I.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand developments of the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe from the time of the Renaissance up through World War I.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to the cultural, economic, political and social developments of Western Europe from the time of the Renaissance up through World War I.


GeographyNCAA ½ Credit, Elective, Grades 9-11

Essential Question:

Does the geography of a region impact its success?

This project-based elective course will cover the basic elements in the study of geography: map skills, climate patterns, population distribution, and apply them to regions of the world. Cultural geography is also a major focus. This information will assist students in their study of history.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships of the study of geography in such topical areas such as map skills, climate patterns, population distribution, and regions of the world.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand developments in the study of geography in such topical areas such map skills, climate patterns, population distribution, and regions of the world.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to the in the study of geography in such topical areas as map skills, climate patterns, population distribution, and regions of the world.


CivicsNCAA, ½ Credit, Grade 10

Essential Question:

Is the American system of government effective?

An understanding of the federal, state, and local governments is the objective of this course. Federal and state constitutions will be examined, as well as the branches of government, the day-to-day workings of government, individual rights under the Constitution, and interrelationships of branches and levels of government. The American form of government will be contrasted with those of other countries. The class will help students continue to master the skills to write all high school and college level papers. This course is geared towards the more independent learner. This course meets the state graduation requirement for ½ credit in government and civics. This course is required to receive the Gilford High School Diploma with Distinction.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships of the of the federal, state, and local governments, the branches of government, the day-to-day workings of government, individual rights under the Constitution, and interrelationships of branches and levels of government. as well as, how the American form of government compares with other countries.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand developments of the federal, state, and local governments, the branches of government, the day-to-day workings of government, individual rights under the Constitution, and interrelationships of branches and levels of government. as well as, how the American form of government compares with other countries.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to the federal, state, and local governments, the branches of government, the day-to-day workings of government, individual rights under the Constitution, and interrelationships of branches and levels of government. as well as, how the American form of government compares with other countries.


Principles in DemocracyNCAA, ½ Credit, Grade 10

Essential Question:

Is the American system of government effective?

This course will review the organization and powers of the federal, New Hampshire, and local governments. The course will also examine the current issues that relate to the role and responsibilities of government, including the legal process. Within the context of the course, students will work with historical documents (both primary and secondary) that will be used to further writing skills that will relate to academic and career writing. This course is designed to provide more structure and teacher assistance for the student. This course meets the state graduation requirement for government and civics and cannot be taken if student has earned credit in government and vice versa.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships of the of the federal, state, and local governments, the branches of government, the day-to-day workings of government, individual rights under the Constitution, and interrelationships of branches and levels of government. as well as, how the American form of government compares with other countries.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand developments of the federal, state, and local governments, the branches of government, the day-to-day workings of government, individual rights under the Constitution, and interrelationships of branches and levels of government. as well as, how the American form of government compares with other countries.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to the federal, state, and local governments, the branches of government, the day-to-day workings of government, individual rights under the Constitution, and interrelationships of branches and levels of government. as well as, how the American form of government compares with other countries.


US History INCAA ½ Credit, Grade 10

Essential Question:

Is America the land of opportunity?

This course will study US History from the Revolutionary era through the Antebellum period (1750-1860). This course is designed for motivated students who work well independently, and can handle challenging readings and vocabulary. The class will help students continue to master the skills to write all high school and college level papers. This course is geared towards the more independent learner. This course is required to receive the Gilford High School Diploma with Distinction.

Course Competencies:

  1. Comp 1: Cause & Effect

    Students will interpret and understand cause‐effect relationships in US history for the period 1750-1860.

  1. Comp 2: Primary & Secondary Sources

    Students will use primary and secondary source documents to interpret and understand developments in US history for the period 1750-1860.

  1. Comp 3: Presentation

    Students will be effective presenters of oral and written material


American Society I, ½ Credit, Grade 10

Essential Question:

Is America the land of opportunity?

This course will examine the cultural, economic, political, and social development of the United States from the revolution era through the Antebellum period (1750-1860). Within the context of the course, students will work with historical documents (both primary and secondary) that will be used to further skills that will relate to academic and career writing. This course is designed for students who may be considering college, but would benefit from a more structured approach to learning historical concepts.

Course Competencies:

  1. Comp 1: Cause & Effect

    Students will interpret and understand cause‐effect relationships in US history for the period 1750-1860.

  1. Comp 2: Primary & Secondary Sources

    Students will use primary and secondary source documents to interpret and understand developments in US history for the period 1750-1860.

  1. Comp 3: Presentation

    Students will be effective presenters of oral and written material.


Foundations of US History I, ½ Credit, Grade 10

Essential Question:

Is America the land of opportunity?

This course will study US History from the Revolutionary era through the Antebellum period (1750 -1860). Within the context of the course, students will learn fundamental skills to further their reading and writing abilities. This course is designed to provide a structured learning environment with teacher assistance for the student.

Course Competencies:

  1. Comp 1: Cause & Effect

    Students will interpret and understand cause‐effect relationships in US history for the period 1750-1860.

  1. Comp 2: Primary & Secondary Sources

    Students will use primary and secondary source documents to interpret and understand developments in US history for the period 1750-1860.

  1. Comp 3: Presentation -

  2. Students will be effective presenters of oral and written material

 


US History II & IIINCAA 1 Credit, Grade 11

Essential Question:

Is America the land of opportunity?

These courses will study US history from the period of western expansion through the 1940's (1860-1940). United States History III will study US history from the period of The Great Depression to the current era (1930-2000s). They are designed for motivated students who work well independently.We will build on skills and content covered in United States History I. These courses are designed for motivated students who work well independently, and can handle challenging readings and vocabulary. These classes will help students continue to master the skills to write all high school and college level papers. This course is geared towards the more independent learner. This course is required to receive the Gilford High School Diploma with Distinction.

Course Competencies:

US History II

  1. Comp 1 - Cause & Effect: Students will interpret and understand cause-effect relationships in US History for the period 1860-1940.

  2. Comp 2 - Primary & Secondary Sources: Students will use primary and secondary source documents to interpret and understand developments in US History for the period 1860-1940.

  3. Comp 3 - Presentation: Students will be effective presenters of oral and written material.

US History III

  1. Comp 1 - Cause & Effect: Students will interpret and understand cause-effect relationships in US History for the period 1940-present.

  2. Comp 2 - Primary & Secondary Sources: Students will use primary and secondary source documents to interpret and understand developments in US History for the period 1940-present.

  3. Comp 3 - Presentation: Students will be effective presenters of oral and written material.


American Society II & III, 1 Credit, Grade 11

Essential Question:

Is America the land of opportunity?

These courses will examine the cultural, economic, political, and social development of the United States from the period of western expansion through the 1940's (1860-1940). American Society III will examine the cultural, economic, political, and social development of the United States from the period of The Great Depression to the current era (1930-2000s).These courses will build on skills and content covered in American Society I. Within the context of the courses, students will work with historical documents (both primary and secondary) that will be used to further skills that will relate to academic and career writing. These courses is designed for students who may be considering college, but would benefit from a more structured approach to learning historical concepts.

Course Competencies:

American Society II

  1. Comp 1 - Cause & Effect: Students will interpret and understand cause-effect relationships in US History for the period 1860-1940.

  2. Comp 2 - Primary & Secondary Sources: Students will use primary and secondary source documents to interpret and understand developments in US History for the period 1860-1940.

  3. Comp 3 - Presentation: Students will be effective presenters of oral and written material.

American Society III

  1. Comp 1 - Cause & Effect: Students will interpret and understand cause-effect relationships in US History for the period 1940-present.

  2. Comp 2 - Primary & Secondary Sources: Students will use primary and secondary source documents to interpret and understand developments in US History for the period 1940-present.

  3. Comp 3 - Presentation: Students will be effective presenters of oral and written material.


Foundations of US History II & III, 1 Credit, Grade 11

Essential Question:

Is America the land of opportunity?

These courses will examine the cultural, economic, political, and social development of the United States from the period of western expansion through the 1940's (1875s-1940). Foundations of US History III will examine the cultural, economic, political, and social development of the United States from the period of The Great Depression to the current era (1930-2000s). These courses will build on skills and content covered in Foundations of US History I. Within the context of these courses, students will learn fundamental skills to further their reading and writing abilities. These courses are designed to provide a structured learning environment with teacher assistance for the student.

Course Competencies:

Foundations of US History II

  1. Comp 1 - Cause & Effect: Students will interpret and understand cause-effect relationships in US History for the period 1875-1940.

  2. Comp 2 - Primary & Secondary Sources: Students will use primary and secondary source documents to interpret and understand developments in US History for the period 1875-1940.

  3. Comp 3 - Presentation: Students will be effective presenters of oral and written material.

Foundations of US History III

  1. Comp 1 - Cause & Effect: Students will interpret and understand cause-effect relationships in US History for the period 1940-present.

  2. Comp 2 - Primary & Secondary Sources: Students will use primary and secondary source documents to interpret and understand developments in US History for the period 1940-present.

  3. Comp 3 - Presentation: Students will be effective presenters of oral and written material.


AP US History I, II & IIINCAA, 1.5 Credit, Elective, Grades 11- 12

Essential Question:

Is America the land of opportunity?

This course is recommended for students who have earned a grade of "B" or better in US History I. This is a full year college level course in American History which focuses on the cultural, economic, philosophical, political and social patterns of development from the Colonial era to the present. Students are also prepared for the AP exam given each May. A summer assignment is a requirement of this course.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships with the study of US History from the pre-colonial era through present day.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand the study of US History from the pre-colonial era through present day.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to the study of US History from the pre-colonial era through present day.


Contemporary Mass Media, 1/2 Credit, Elective, Grade 12

Essential Question:

Does media drive our society or does our society shape the media?

This elective course will provide students with insight into the influence Mass Media (newspaper, movies, television, music) has on our daily lives and the development of American society in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships in contemporary mass media.

  2. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand implications of contemporary mass media.

  3. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to contemporary mass media.


Debate & Rhetoric, 1/2 Credit, Elective

Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

Is there a right or wrong side to an issue?

This is an elective course in which students will be given an opportunity to learn about the debate process. Debates will examine controversial topic events of the 21st century by looking into such issues as prejudice/discrimination, global relations, multimedia, and human rights. Debates, public speaking, and group discussion will serve as the assessments of this class, and the units of study will center around current issues in American society.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships in regards to aspects of debate and rhetoric.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand the source material in relation to arguable topics presented in debate class.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to arguable topics examined in the class.


Middle Eastern Studies NCAA, 1/2 Credit, Elective, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

How are Middle Eastern countries and cultures unique?

This course alternates yearly and may run again in 2020/21. This elective course provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the region of the Middle East. A goal of the course is to examine the culture and history of this region. This course is designed for motivated students who work well independently, and can handle challenging readings and vocabulary. This class will help students master the skills to write all high school and college level papers.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationship in regards to the culture and history of the Middle East.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand the culture and history of the Middle East.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written materials in regards to the culture and history of the Middle East. 


East Asian Studies NCAA 1/2 Credit, Elective, Grades 11-12,

Essential Question:

How are East Asian countries and cultures unique?

This course alternates yearly and may run again in 2019/20. This elective course provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the region of the East Asia. A goal of the course is to examine the culture and history of this region. This course is designed for motivated students who work well independently, and can handle challenging readings and vocabulary. This class will help students master the skills to write all high school and college level papers.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationship in regards to the culture and history of East Asia.

  2. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand the culture and history of the East Asia.

  3. Ability to effectively present oral and written materials in regards to the culture and history of the East Asia.


Law & SocietyNCAA. 1/2 Credit, Elective, Grade 12

Essential Question:

Is justice for all in America a myth?

This elective course will emphasize the legal aspects of society and their relationship to students' rights and responsibilities. The legal system will be studied on the federal, state and local level. The historical framework for the nation's laws will be examined, along with in depth studies of significant Supreme Court decisions. This course is designed for motivated students who work well independently and can handle challenging readings and vocabulary. This class will help students master the skills to write all high school and college level papers.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships in regards to law and society.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand the topics in relation to law and society.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to topics of law and society. 


Psychology I - Human BehaviorNCAA 1/2 Credit, Elective, Grade 12

Essential Question:

Do humans possess free will?

This senior level elective covers the study of consciousness, the brain, and social psychology. Focus will also be given to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Some of the resources used are DSM5, case studies, and psychology journals. This course is designed for motivated students who work well independently, and can handle challenging readings and vocabulary. This class will help students master the skills to write all high school and college level papers.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships

  2. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand the topics in relation to topics

  3. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to topics examined in the class.


Psychology II - Human DevelopmentNCAA, 1/2 Credit, Elective, Grade 12

Essential Question:

Are humans a product of nature or nurture?

This senior level elective covers life-span development from conception through adulthood. Focus will be on prenatal care, childhood development, adolescence, adulthood, and geriatric stages. Theories of personality development are also a major focus of the class. Some of the resources used in the course are parenting journal articles and personality theories. This course is designed for motivated students who work well independently, and can handle challenging readings and vocabulary. This class will help students master the skills to write all high school and college level papers.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships.

  1. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand the topics in relation to topics.

  1. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to topics examined in the class.


AP World History I, II & IIINCAA 1.5 Credit, Elective, Grades 11-12

Essential Question:

What factors contributed to the development of civilization in world history?

In what ways has the state of civilization improved or regressed over time?

This course is recommended for students who have earned a grade of "B" or better in all required social studies courses. This is a full year college level course in World History which focuses on the cultural, economic, philosophical, political and social patterns of global history. Students are also prepared for the AP exam given each May. A summer assignment is a requirement of this course.

Course Competencies:

  1. Ability to recognize, interpret, and present cause and effect relationships in world history.

  2. Use of primary and secondary source documents to interpret, support, and understand the topics in relation to world history.

  3. Ability to effectively present oral and written material in regards to topics related to world history.

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