602 F Street
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-3102 Fax: 219-324-2142

Principal: Mr. Ben Tonagel
Associate Principal: Mr.Scott Upp

Social Studies Classes

World Geography A, B
2 Trimesters

In a world which is changing and which at the same time is more accessible to each of us, it is important for everyone to be knowledgeable about the world in which we live.  This course provides students with the opportunity to study people as they interact with one another and with their environment. Students will develop an understanding of various cultures and how they are able to deal with the various physical, climatic, economic and atmospheric conditions to which they are exposed. Teachers will provide students with the chance to study the five basic geographic themes of: (1) location, (2) place, (3) relationships within places, (4) movement, and (5) regions as they apply to selected areas of the world. Students will study regions from each continent and their relationship to one another.

World History A, B, C
3 Trimesters

World History and provides for a study of selected world cultures, past and present. The content of this course provides a basis for students to compare and analyze patterns of culture, emphasizing both the diversity and commonality of human experience and behavior. This course emphasizes the interaction of local cultures with the natural environment, as well as the connections among civilizations from earliest times to the present. This course may be designed to focus on: (1) prehistory; (2) early world civilizations, including the rise of civilizations of the Middle East, Africa, and Asia; (3) the classical civilizations of Europe, Asia Africa, and Latin America; and (4) the development of modern societies. This course might also trace important themes in human history or be designed to focus on a comparative study of two or more selected societies.

U.S. History A, B
2 Trimester

This is a two-semester course that is taught in a combination of a topical and chronological format. The primary emphasis is the development of the nation during the later part of the nineteenth, the twentieth and now the early part of the twenty-first century. Students in this class will identify and know significant events, people, and movements during the ongoing development of this nation. Students will be able to understand the political economic, geographic, and social influences with have impacted on the country since its inception as a nation. Students will be able to recognize and analyze the various chronological periods in the history of their nation. In addition, students will develop the skills associated with the gathering and organizing of information from a variety of sources. They will make use of this information in developing an understanding of the pluralistic nature of their society and the great variety of people and opinions, which comprise the nation. Core 40 and AHD Course.

AP/Honors U.S. History 1, 2
2 Trimester
Minimum 3.7 GPA

This honors level course is designed for those who demonstrate a high academic capability and a marked interest in American History. The course follows the basic guidelines of the regular United States History course but also encourages students to be more actively involved in their own learning by advanced reading and discussion. Students will be given the opportunity to develop skills in research, writing and the use of critical thinking skills in a problem solving approach to the study of history.  This two semester course is taught in a combination of a topical and chronological format. The primary emphasis is the development of the nation during the later part of the nineteenth, the twentieth and now the early part of the twenty-first century. Students in this class will identify and know significant events, people and movements during the ongoing development of this nation. Students will be able to understand the political, economic, geographic and social influences, which have affected the country since its inception as a nation.

Students will be able to recognize and analyze the various chronological periods in the history of their nation. In addition, students will develop the skills associated with the gather and organizing of information in developing an understanding of the pluralistic nature of their society and the great variety of people and opinions, which comprise the nation. Core 40 and AHD course.

United States Government
1 Trimester

United States Government provides students a framework for understanding the nature and importance of civic participation in addition to the right and responsibilities of citizens within a democratic society. Students will be given the opportunity to understand the history behind the current political system and the evolution of that system over the years of development. The structure of the constitution along with the organization and operation of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government will be areas of coverage. Students will understand the roles of individuals and groups within a political system. Students will make use of both primary and secondary sources as they become aware of the current political, economic and social issues facing our society; Students will be provided opportunities to view the operation of government first hand in the community by local government officials. Core 40 and AHD Course.

AP/Honors United States Government  1, 2    
1 Trimester
Minimum 3.5 GPA

Honors United States Government is a one-semester course intended for those students who demonstrate a strong academic background and who desired to take a more in-depth and comprehensive look at the American political system. This course will follow the same basic guidelines as those established for the regular course, which is listed below.  United States Government provides students a framework for understanding the nature and importance of civic participation in addition to the rights and responsibilities of citizens within a democratic society. Students will be given the opportunity to understand the history behind the current political system and the evolution for that system over the years of development. The structure of the constitution along with the organization and operation of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government will be areas of coverage. Students will understand the roles of individuals and groups within a political system. Students will make use of both primary and secondary sources as they become aware of the current political, economic, and social issues facing our society. Students will be provided opportunities to view the operation of government first hand in the community by local government officials.

In addition, students will develop research and writing skills by investigation of key historical documents in American Political History. They will also be asked to developed critical questioning skills as they delve into key issues facing the nation and its citizens. Core 40 and AHD course.

Ancient Western Civilization A
1 Trimester

The content of this course provides a basis for students to compare and analyze patterns of culture, emphasizing both the diversity and commonality of human experience and behavior. This particular course deals with prehistory and western civilizations. Students will focus on prehistory, early civilizations of Egypt, the Middle East, Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, both the Renaissance and Reformation, plus the age of Exploration, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution,. Core 40 and AHD Course for classes for 2009, 2008, and 2007.

Geography and History of the Western World A.
1 Trimester

This is a one trimester course that is designed to increase the student's awareness of the current and historical global themes that have manifested themselves over time. Students will explore the origins of religion, exploration, conquest, imperialism, urbanization, innovations, and revolutions. Leading to the understanding of the causes that help shape modern problems facing North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Oceania.

Specific geographical and historical skills and concepts will be used to explore these global themes, beginning in the period of 1000 CE. These skills will be grouped into five sets, each representing a fundamental step in the comprehensive investigative/inquiry procedure. They are: Forming Research questions, acquiring information by investigating a variety of primary and secondary sources, organizing information to determine pattern and trends, and presenting and documenting findings orally and/or in writing.

Geography and History of the Non-Western World B
1 Trimester

This is a one trimester course that is designed to increase the student's awareness of the current and historical global themes that have manifested themselves over time. Students will explore the origins of religion, exploration, conquest, imperialism, urbanization, innovations, and revolutions. Leading to the understanding of the causes that help shape modern problems facing North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Oceania.

Specific geographical and historical skills and concepts will be used to explore these global themes, beginning in the period of 1000 CE. These skills will be grouped into five sets, each representing a fundamental step in the comprehensive investigative/inquiry procedure. They are: Forming Research questions, acquiring information by investigating a variety of primary and secondary sources, organizing information to determine pattern and trends, and presenting and documenting findings orally and/or in writing.

Economics         
1 Trimester

Human wants are unlimited, but the resources for satisfying all those wants are scarce. Economics is the study of decision making at various levels in an attempt to satisfy the greatest number of wants for the greatest number of people. Economic decisions must be made by consumers, producers, investors, voters and government. These decisions are based on philosophies of economists, values of consumers, and societal/governmental demands for services for individuals and businesses. Included within the course are such topics as: employment/unemployment, poverty/welfare, inflation/deflation, international trade and pricing and quality of goods, all aimed at assisting students gain insights into the challenges facing them as members of the economy. Core 40 and AHD Course.

Sociology
1 Trimester

Sociology is a one-trimester course, which allows students an opportunity to study groups and group behavioral. Areas of study would allow students to become familiar with the various institutions found within a society and would include: religion, community organizations, family and family structure, political groups, and economic structures. Students would be given the opportunity to look into such areas of concern as: traditions, mores, folkways, laws regarding behavior and relationships, social mobility and kin relationships. Core 40 and AHD Course.

Psychology 1, 2        
2 Trimester

This is a two-trimester course structured to allow students who investigate the science of psychology with an emphasis on both social and individual behavior. The course allows for the gathering of knowledge regarding patterns of behavior and adjustments by individuals to their environment.

Trimester 1 will focus on the various schools (views) of psychology, plus looking at memory, intelligence, motivation, and emotion, life span development and cognition and language. This course will serve as a prerequisite to those interested in taking the second trimester of psychology.

Trimester 2 will investigate such topics as perception, states of consciousness, personality theory, psychological disorders and therapies among other topics. Students will have needed to take Psychology 1 as a prerequisite for this class. Both courses will allow for students to investigate more deeply areas of personal interests as they relate to the class. Core 40 and AHD Course. 

 

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