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Social Studies

Last Updated: 1/14/2019 8:56 PM

The Social Studies department offers a required three-year sequence of courses:

Global Studies -> Western Studies -> American History. Each course builds on the one before, with arising progression of expectations for mastery of content and skills. The department also offers elective courses that focus on specific sub-disciplines and continue the sequence of expectations. The aim is to develop the skills, attitude, and knowledge necessary for the student to understand and participate in the complex modern world.

Each course is built around our standards:

 A.  Social Studies Applications:  Research, demonstrate and defend discipline-based applications in authentic contexts.

B. Civics and Government: Demonstrate an understanding of political systems and the role of citizens in the United States and the world.

C. Economics: Students will demonstrate an understanding of economic concepts, systems, and structures.

D. Geography: Demonstrate an understanding of physical, human, and environmental geography in order to explain relationships and challenges facing human cultures.

E. History: Demonstrate knowledge of major eras, enduring themes, turning points and historic influences to explain the relevance and importance of history.


We emphasize usage of historical thinking skills, including (but not limited to):

- Argumentation

- Evaluation & Synthesis

- Claim-Evidence-Reasoning

- Corroboration

- Contextualization


Our department members:

Jan Bessey             Ext. 707

Geoff Dyhrberg       Ext. 706

Tim Grivois              Ext. 110

Mike Lawson           Ext. 206

Hank Ogilby            Ext. 109

Rachel Olson          Ext. 708