Social Studies

Lynn Rosales, Assistant Principal

LRosales@schools.nyc.gov

The Social Studies Department has a continuing commitment to academic excellence and preparation of all students for citizenship.  The entire curriculum emphasizes the values of a democratic society and aims to cultivate in students the knowledge, attitude and skills needed to function effectively in a world characterized by ethnic diversity, cultural pluralism, and increasing interdependence.

THE SOCIAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

For students entering high school, eight semesters of Social Studies are required.  The required classes are:

  • Global History (H1, H2, H3, H4)
  • U.S. History and Government (H5, H6)
  • Participation in Government (H7)           
  • Economics (H8)

   For the Regents diploma, two (2) Regents must be passed.  Global History and Geography and United States History and Government.

 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

  • GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY I (Ninth Grade-First Semester)

 This course will introduce students to documents, document-based questions and thematic essays.  The course of study will initiate with an introduction to geography, economics, and government.  Following a chronological approach, this course will explore the beginnings of human history in Africa, India, the Middle East and China. 
Classical civilizations and Medieval Europe will also be examined.  Connections and interactions between peoples of the world (cultural diffusion) will be the focus of the course.

  • GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY II (Ninth Grade-Second Semester)

This course will continue to emphasize skills regarding documents, document-based questions, and thematic essays.  Following a chronological approach, this course will explore the Renaissance, Commercial Revolution, Protestant Reformation, European nationalism, Mesoamerican Empires, African civilizations, the Ottoman Empire, and the Columbian Exchange.

  • GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY III (Tenth Grade-First Semester)

This course will continue to emphasize skills regarding documents, document-based questions, and thematic essays.  Following a chronological approach, this course will explore the origins of the Early Modern Period, particularly the acquisition and use of knowledge gained from increased global contacts.  The Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, political revolutions, global nationalism, the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, World War I, and the role of Empires in pre-Columbian Latin America will be studied.

  •  GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY IV (Tenth Grade-Second Semester)

This course will continue to emphasize skills regarding documents, document-based questions and thematic essays.  Following a chronological approach, this course will explore the major themes of the latter half of the twentieth century, such as the worldwide economic depression, rise of totalitarian dictators, World War II, the Cold War, the collapse of Communism, nationalism, and current social, economic, and political patterns.  The course culminates with an extensive review for the NYS Global History and Geography Regents.

  •  UNITED STATES HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT I (Eleventh Grade-First Semester)

This course will continue to emphasize skills regarding documents, document-based questions, and thematic essays. Following a chronological approach, this course will explore such topics as Colonial America, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, various Supreme Court Cases, early Presidential administrators, Jacksonian democracy, the Civil War and Reconstruction.

  • UNITED STATES HISTORY AND GOVERNMENT II (Eleventh Grade-Second Semester)

This course will continue to emphasize skills regarding documents, document-based questions, and thematic essays.  Following a chronological approach, this course will continue to examine the growth and development of the U.S. as a world power.  Topics such as World Wars I and II, major movements of the post-World War II era, the Cold War, Korean and Vietnam conflicts, and the Civil Rights movement are included in this study.  The role of the U.S. in the current world system will also be examined.  This course culminates with an extensive review for the NYS U.S. History and Government Regents.

  • PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT (Grade 12)

An intensive examination of the federal, state and local political systems is followed by a series of in-depth analysis of contemporary political controversies.  A practical approach to democratic principles is encouraged.

  • ECONOMICS (Grade 12)

The main emphasis of this course is to provide students with a practical approach to personal finance.  The curriculum includes an analytical study of economic concepts and the global economic system.

ELECTIVE COURSES

  •    Advanced Placement World History (Grade 10)

Elective: Grade 10
Prerequisite: Passing grade in Global History and Geography 9              
(Satisfies the requirement for Global History & Geography 10)

This course is the second of a two-year course of study in the World History Program. The Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers a course and exam in World history to qualified and motivated students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to an introductory college course in world history.  This course explores the major themes of World history.  Through an exploration of primary and secondary materials, the student will have an opportunity to sense the flavor of an era, to assess the complexity of issues, and to discover how historians reach conclusions about the past.  Students will be expected to apply higher order thinking skills and shared inquiry to their studies.

Local Assessment: Curriculum driven teacher assessments
State Assessment: Global Regents Examination in June (requirement for graduation)
National Assessment:  AP World History Examination in May

  •    Advanced Placement U.S. History (Grade 11)

Elective: Grade 11
Prerequisite: Passing grade in Global History & Geography 10                 
(Satisfies the requirement for U.S. History & Gov’t 11) 

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers a course and exam in U.S. history to qualified and motivated students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to an introductory course in U.S. History.  The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. history.  The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full year introductory college courses.  Students will learn to assess historical materials, their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance-and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.  This AP U.S. history course will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. 

Local Assessment: Curriculum driven teacher assessments
State Assessment: U.S. History & Government Regents Examination in June (required for graduation)
National Assessment:  AP U.S. History Examination in May