In American Government we will learn how our government system works and what rights we have as citizens of the United States. Students will learn to apply their knowledge to contemporary issues as well as to a variety of political questions. They will develop many useful skills such as concept mapping, two-column notes, academic controversy (debate) just to name a few. They will also learn to research an issue (topic), think critically about the problem or issue, and then express their opinion in both a written and oral form.
This class will allow each student to work effectively individually as well as within a small group. The grading system will be based on a point system through the completion of worksheets, tests, written and oral presentations, group activities, mock activities, etc... Each student is responsible for coming to class prepared to learn with books, paper, pen or pencil, and any other necessary materials needed for class.
- I. History of our United States Government and its formation
- II. The Constitution vs. the Articles of Confederation
- III. The Bill of Rights and the added amendments to the Constitution
- IV. Political parties and the Electoral process including voting behavior
- V. The branches of government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial
- VI. Civil Rights, Interest Groups, and public opinion
Students will learn about American History and its importance in understanding why particular events in time occurred and what effects those events had upon this nation. Learning history will help in the building of knowledge and understanding why the United States is a free and Independent nation in today's society. Students will learn about this nation's Manifest Destiny and why this country has been able to grow physically, politically, and economically.
- The student will develop an understanding of the social and political changes that took place in America.
- The students will recognize the nature and causes of nation's expansion and how the sectional differences occurred.
- The students will clarify their values and attitudes about past and present political and social issues.
- Students will come to value the skills involved in studying history in terms of understanding current events.
- Students will develop their knowledge and skills through various activities on subjects through primary sources, handouts, worksheets, maps, games, quizzes, video's, and tests etc...
- Students will expand their understanding of U.S. involvement in world affairs.
- Students will learn about and recognize crisis situations that have existed throughout history and summarize our response to these situations.
- Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of locations of land regions and geographic features of the United States.
- Overview of Colonial Life in America and its expansion
- Impact of the Revolutionary Era and creating a New Government
- A push for Reforms that lead to expansion
- A nation divided through Civil War and the Reconstruction afterward.
- Impact of the Second Industrial Revolution and how life changed at the turn of the 20th Century.
- Life during WWI, The Roaring Twenties, The Great Depression, and the New Deal process.
- Life during WWII, The Cold War, The Korean Conflict, and Vietnam.
- Civil Rights Movement
- Looking Towards the Future: A look at changes in the past 30 years and movement into the 21st Century
We will be covering a wide variety of topics in Psychology, many which deal with you and how you handle certain situations. We will learn about various Psychologists like Freud, Jung, Maslow, Binet, Pavlov, etc... We will learn about different types of conditioning, personalities, stress, social problems, intelligence, birth order, memory and learning, dreams, the id, ego, and super-ego, etc...
A large majority of your grade will come from class participation, worksheets, quizzes, projects ( both oral and written), with the remainder of the grade determined through testing. If at any time when we are covering a particular topic that you may feel uncomfortable with, you may be excused from the discussion, but you will have to make up that time with a written project from choices that I present to you. Primarily this course is geared to helping you, as a student, integrate your acquired knowledge about yourself and other people around you in dealing with the daily situations you will face and the unexpected situations that may come about. You are responsible for coming to class prepared with the needed materials for class such as textbook, paper, pen or pencil, and any other needed materials for class.
- Introducing Psychology (Chapter One)
- Personality and Individuality (Chapter Eleven)
- The Workings of Mind and Body (Chapter Four)
- Adjustment and Breakdown (Chapter Thirteen)
- Attitudes and Social Influence (Chapter Eighteen)
- Learning and Cognitive Processes (Chapter Two)
- Memory and Thought (Chapter Three)
- Sensation and Perception (Chapter Five)
- Infancy and Childhood (Chapter Eight)
- Adolescence (Chapter Nine)
- Adulthood and Old Age (Chapter Ten)
- Psychological Testing (Chapter Twelve)
- Abnormal Behavior (Chapter Fifteen)
- Human Interaction (Chapter Seventeen)
- Careers and Statistics (Chapter Twenty)
FRESHMAN PYSICAL EDUCATION
Welcome to Freshman Physical Education! This class will be divided with health into two groups. In PE you will learn the rules and the skills to a wide variety of activities. There will be a variety of units offered during the course of the year. The list below will give you an idea of the areas to be covered:
- Physical Fitness Testing
- Flag Football
- Weight Training
- Scotter Hockey
- Recreational Games
- This class is set up so the student may relax from the classroom pressures, but certain rules and requirements are to be followed.
- When the instructor calls the class to order by whistle or voice, the students will follow instructions.
- There will be no horseplay during class or in the locker room areas.
- Absolutely no gum or candy!
- Crude language/swearing will not be tolerated.
- A written note from parent or doctor must be given to instructor in order to be excused from participating in the class activity.
- Tardies will follow school attendance polices.
- All absences from class need to be made up for time missed from participation. Any written work or tests need to be made up in two days.
World History is a course designed to present history so the students can see the world in all of its relationships, rather than as a composite of isolated nations and civilizations. This course will emphasize place, time, and significance of history and the forces that shaped events of the times.
There are seven units which divide the span of history into broad chronological periods. Within these units, are a total of 33 chapters which break into two to six sections in presenting the information needed on a certain region, civilization, or area of the world. Here is a list of some of the areas we will be covering;
- Prehistoric Times Ancient Civilizations
- Medieval Times Renaissance
- Protestant Reformation Age of Enlightenment
- Industrial Revolution Space Technology
- The Information Age
Throughout the course of the year, the students will be evaluated on class participation, daily assignments, quizzes, mapping projects, research papers, tests, etc... The grading scale will be based on the number of points one obtains throughout the nine weeks and semester and divided by the total number of points possible. This will give the student a percentage of the work accomplished. Please come prepared for class each day with textbook, paper, pen or pencil, completed assignments, and anything else that may be needed for that specific day.
- The student will understand significant individuals, groups, ideas, and turning points in the history of the world from prehistoric times through today.
- Students will evaluate the impact of many ancient civilizations and their practice of government (Nile River Valley, Tigris-Euphrates River Valley, China, Greece, Rome, etc....)
- Students will understand the differences between Autocratic, Democratic, and Communistic/Socialistic types of governments.
- Students will be able to describe many beliefs of the major religions and philosophical systems of the world and their influence on the development of societies.
- Students will be able to explain the significance of the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation times through the accomplishments of a variety of individuals.
- Students will be able to summarize the ideas of the Age of Enlightenment and the French Revolution.
- Students will be able to analyze the impact of the Industrial Revolution.
- Students will learn about the advancements in Space technology throughout the 1960's through today.
- Students will study the advancements in technology in general. They will learn about both the positive and negative effects that technology has presented to the people of this great world we live in.
1st hour = American Government
2nd hour = American History
3rd hour = Freshman Physical Education
4th hour = Plan
5th hour = Psychology
6th hour = American History
7th hour = AD work