Tentative Schedule – History

Social Studies

US Government

World Affairs

Week #1 

Themes: Functions and Wellness

Landforms & Landmarks

1. Geographic Regions of the World

2. Types of Land Masses and Bodies of Water and Their Characteristics

3. Maps and Their Purposes (Reading Maps)

4. Famous Landmarks

5. Different Lands but Common Goals

Government

1. Types and Functions of Government

2. Early American Government; Some of the Major Events that Have Shaped America

3. Key Events Leading to the Implementation of the Declaration of Independence

4. The Development and Ratification of the Constitution

5. Basic Principles of the Constitution

Current Trends & Critical Times

1. Ways in Which Crisis Impacts the Social Scene Locally, Nationally, and Globally

2. Current Trends as Indicators of Internal and External Changes Which Need to be Made

3. Analysis of the Effects of the Changing Population

4. Identification of Difficulties Which May Arise When Factors of Production are in Relatively Short Supply

5. The Use of a Variety of Mediums in Describing Current Trends

Week #2

Themes: History and Challenge

Key Historical Time Periods

1. The Impact of Key Historical Time Periods on a Variety of Facets of Life, Including Arts and Education

2. Education for the Ages: What We Can Learn from Various Time Periods

3. A Resilient Society: Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Progress

Economics

4. Various Economic Positions in the World

5. The Significance of the Industrial Revolution and Other Factors Impacting the Economy

Civil Liberties & Rights

1. The Bill of Rights

2. Basic Freedoms; Civil Rights and Equality for All

3. Civil Rights’ Movements; Key Legislation for Securing Liberties; Key Leaders

4. American Ideology: Conservative vs. Liberal Approach; Problems Posed by Political Labels

5. Communication and Trust Issues

6. An Analysis of Critical Times in the United States and Some Ways in Which We Overcame Obstacles

Historical & Contemporary Happenings

1. Impressions from the Past: Referring to History as a Guide

2. Recognition of Links between Past Conflicts and Current Conditions

3. Some Ways in Which Modern Expressions of Culture Have Been Shaped by Past Occurrences

4. Factors that Impact Change: Influencers of Cultural Change Such As Communication, Transportation, and Economic Development

5. Major Global Problems Faced by Society

6. The Impactful Role of Art in Analyzing the Past, Confronting Challenges, and Raising Awareness about Issues and Needs

Week #3

Themes: Discovery and Relation

Civilization, Culture, and Collaboration

1. Fundamental Characteristics for Classification of Civilizations

2. Ancient Civilization: Some Key Features of the Australian Aboriginal, Aztec, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Incan, Indus Valley, Persian, Roman, Mayan , Mesopotamian Civilizations

3. Education for the Ages – What We Can Learn from Various Ancient Civilizations

4. People from Various Lands; Valuing Differences among People

5. Appreciation for Others, Their Roles in Society, and the Impact that They Have on Day-to-Day Living

6. A Variety of Customs and Celebrations; The Arts as Cultural Means

Government Relation

1. American Federalism Defined; Federalism’s Development; The Significance and Types of Federalism; Pros and Cons of Federalism

2. The Division of Powers; Governmental and State Powers under the Constitution

3. Intergovernmental Relations: Organization, Responsibility, and Accountability of the Legislative, Executive. and Judicial Branches; Checks and Balances

4. Factors of Consideration: Bureaucracies; Spoils vs. Merit Systems

5. Establishment of Policies and Laws: Creation and Enforcement of Laws; Types of Policy; The Policy-Making Process; The Budget and Public Policy

6. Foreign Policy Connection: Foreign and Domestic Affairs

Communication & Organization

1. The Relationship of Health, the Economy, and Social Movement

2. Examples of How Communication and Organization Can Effectively Evoke Change

3. The Technological Impact on the Development of Various Societies

4. Recognition of the Relationships of a Variety of Art and the Areas in Which They Originate

5. Culture’s Role in Impacting Change

6. The Implications of Conflict and Cooperation among Cultures;
The Pros and Cons of Cultural Segregation and Cultural Diffusion;
The Importance of Diversity and Significance of Celebrating Our Differences

7. Catalyst of Art: Examples of How Art Has Brought Progress and Continuity

Week #4

Themes: Engagement and Advancement

The Advancement of Society

1. Technological Advances, Communication, Transportation and Other Facets of Life on Which We Rely

2. Careers and the Advancement of Society; Exploration of Various Careers and How They Evolved through the Course of History

3. Some Key Roles of Government Leaders; Types and Levels of Government; Formation of Policy; Rules and Regulations

4. Democracy and Elections; Making an Impact in Governmental Practices at All Ages

America’s Political Culture & Democracy

1. Democracy and Democratic Republic

2. Political Parties and their Formations; Political Campaigns; The Significance of Policy Stances; Types of Issues that Public Policy Addresses; Effective Campaigning

3. Voting and Elections: Types of Elections; Primaries & Caucuses; The Election Process

4. Voter Registration vs. Apathy: The Importance of Voluntary Individual Participation

5. The Effects of Globalization; Unilateralism, Bilateralism, and Multilateralism

6. The Impact of Events, Public Opinion, Media, and Interest Groups

7. An Appreciation for Ethical Leadership

Creation of a Plan & Commitment to Action

1. Unity in Achieving Goals and Moving Forth with Vision

2. Emphasis of the Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Approaches in Identifying a Need, Collecting Data, Carefully Selecting, Implementing and Assessing a Solution

3. The Fundamental Elements and Significance of Citizenship in Various Societies

4. Some Ways in Which to Take Proactive Role in Becoming an Engaged Citizen

5. The Implication of Human Interaction on the Development of Regions

6. Qualities and Importance of Effective Leadership

7. The Impact of Individual or Group Achievements on Various Historical or Contemporary Societies