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Social Studies

 

DOVER UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

New York State

Learning Standards

 

 

Social Studies

 

 

Standard 1:  History of the United States and New York

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.

 

Standard 2:  World History

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.

 

Standard 3:  Geography

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent world in which we live – local, national, and global – including the distribution of people, places, and environments over the Earth’s surface.

 

Standard 4:  Economics

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of how the United States and other societies develop economic systems and associated institutions to allocate scarce resources, how major decision-making units function in the United States and other national economies, and how an economy solves the scarcity problem through market and non-market mechanisms.

 

Standard 5:  Civics, Citizenship, and Government

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civil values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.

 


 

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTION



        I.      Social Studies 9: Global History and Geography I

 

Local Exam                                                                 No Weighting

45 minutes per day for one year                                   One Credit

 

      II.      Course Description

 

Social Studies 9 is the first year of the 9th and 10th grade state requirement.  It is a cross-cultural survey of history, geography, and culture from the Neolithic Period to 1750.  The interdependence of all people will be emphasized using historical examples; special attention will be paid to the processes of social change and adaptation to the environment.

 

    III.      Grade Requirement

 

9th Grade Status

 

   IV.      Mandatory Prerequisite

 

Passage of 8th grade Social Studies

 

     V.      Suggested Prerequisite

 

None

 

   VI.      Comments

 

Students will be expected to master factual knowledge, as well as develop skills in writing document based and thematic essays.  Students must pass this course with a minimum 65 average to proceed to Social Studies 10.  This course is a requirement for graduation in New York State.

 


 

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTION



        I.      Social Studies 10: Global History and Geography II

 

Regents Exam                                                             No Weighting

45 minutes per day for one year                                   One Credit

 

      II.      Course Description

 

Social Studies 10 is the second year of the two year Global History requirement.  Students will focus on the historical, economic, cultural, environmental, and political development of our world from 1750 to the present. Using historical and contemporary examples, students will confront many of the major issues of today, and develop a sense of possible solutions.

 

    III.      Grade Requirement

 

10th Grade Status or permission of the Social Studies Department

 

   IV.      Mandatory Prerequisite

 

Successful completion of Global History and Geography I

 

     V.      Suggested Prerequisite

 

None

 

   VI.      Comments

 

Students must pass the Regents Exam in Global History and Geography to meet the NYS graduation requirement.

 


 

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTION



        I.      Social Studies 11: U.S. History and Government

 

Regents Exam                                                             No Weighting

45 minutes per day for one year                                   One Credit

 

      II.      Course Description

 

This course presents a survey of United States history with emphasis on Post Civil War to present events.  There are also intensive units on our Constitution and the Amendments.  Students will examine economic, political, and social histories throughout the course.

 

    III.      Grade Requirement

 

11th Grade Status or permission of the Social Studies Department

 

   IV.      Mandatory Prerequisite

 

Successful completion of Global History and Geography II.

 

     V.      Suggested Prerequisite

 

None

 

   VI.      Comments

 

Students will be expected to master factual knowledge, and develop the skills needed to write both document based and thematic essays.

 

 

 

 


 

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTION



        I.      Advanced Placement U.S. History

 

AP Exam                                                                      1.25 Weighting

45 minutes per day for a full year                                   One Credit

 

      II.      Course Description

 

This course will be taught as a college introductory course.  Students will be expected not only to master the factual knowledge, but also the use of critical, analytical skills.  A strong emphasis is placed on analytical writing skills as well.

 

This course views the history of our country from a cultural, social, economic, and political perspective.  Students will work from a text and primary source documents.  Students will be expected to study outside of class on a regular basis.  Students must complete several summer assignments.

 

Students will be expected to take the AP Examination in U.S. History in May, and the New York State Regents Examination in U.S. History in June.

 

    III.      Grade Requirement

 

11th Grade Status

 

   IV.      Mandatory Prerequisite

 

Successful completion of Global History I and II, and application to the Social Studies Department

 

     V.      Suggested Prerequisite

 

None

 

   VI.      Comments

 

This course fulfills the 11th or 12th grade Social Studies requirement.  Some colleges will award college credit if a required level of achievement is met on the AP exam.

 

 


 

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTION



        I.      Social Studies 12: Economics and Participation in Government

 

Local Exam                                                                 No Weighting

45 minutes per day for one year                                   One Credit

 

      II.      Course Description

 

This two part course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and background that may encourage participation in the political process, as well as make them functional members of our economy.  Topics may include an emphasis on governmental organization; the role of the citizen in participation of government; the American economic system; the role of the student as a consumer, worker, investor, and voter; the basic differences between economic systems; the world interdependence of those systems.

 

    III.      Grade Requirement

 

12th Grade or permission of the Social Studies Department

 

   IV.      Mandatory Prerequisite

 

Successful completion of U.S. History or AP U.S. History

 

     V.      Suggested Prerequisite

 

None

 

   VI.      Comments

 

This course, or its equivalent, is required for graduation in New York State.

 

 

 

 

 


 

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTION



        I.      Advanced Placement European History

 

AP Exam                                                                      1.25 Weighting

45 minutes per day for a full year                                   One Credit

 

      II.      Course Description

 

This course will be taught as a college introductory course.  Students will be expected not only to master the factual knowledge, but also the use of critical, analytical skills.  A strong emphasis is placed on analytical writing skills as well.

 

Covering the period from 1450 to the 1990’s, this course will include topics in cultural, economic, social, diplomatic, and political history.  Students will work from a textbook, as well as outside historical documents.  Students will be expected to study outside of class on a regular basis.  Students must complete several summer assignments.

 

Students will be expected to take the AP Examination in European History in May.

 

    III.      Grade Requirement

 

12th Grade Status

 

   IV.      Mandatory Prerequisite

 

Successful completion of U.S. History and Government, or AP U.S. History.  Application to the Social Studies Department is required.

 

     V.      Suggested Prerequisite

 

None

 

   VI.      Comments

 

This course fulfills the 12th grade Social Studies requirement.  Some colleges will award college credit if a required level of achievement is met on the AP exam.

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTION



        I.      Introduction to Psychology

 

Local Exam                                                                                      No Weighting

1 semester                                                                                      1/2 Credit

 

      II.      Course Description

 

This course will include a study of physical and emotional development; learning theory; sensation and perception; child and adolescent development; and the psychological basis for behavior and motivation.  Personality theories from Freud to Maslow will also be examined.  Additional units covered may include social psychology, abnormal psychology, and therapy.

 

    III.      Grade Requirement

 

12th Grade Status or Application to the Social Studies Department

 

   IV.      Mandatory Prerequisite

 

None

 

     V.      Suggested Prerequisite

 

None

 

   VI.      Comments

 

None


 

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTION



        I.      The 60’s and 70's 

 

Local Exam                                                                                       No Weighting

1 semester                                                                                       1/2 Credit

 

      II.      Course Description

 

This course investigates the decade of the 1960’s and 1970's and the profound changes it brought to life in America.  Topics to be explored include the civil rights movement; the change in the role of women and subsequent expansion of women’s rights; consumerism and other domestic issues; and the foreign policies of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

 

    III.      Grade Requirement

 

12th Grade Status or application to the Social Studies Department

 

   IV.      Mandatory Prerequisite

 

None

 

     V.      Suggested Prerequisite

 

None

 

   VI.      Comments

 

None


 

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION COURSE DESCRIPTION



        I.      Communication and Media

 

Local Exam                                                                          No Weighting

45 minutes per day of one day                                               1/2 Credit

 

      II.      Course Description

 

This course will develop the skills of communication necessary to succeed in today's society. The class will examine and analyze the media (i.e. newspapers, network television, and the internet) to understand the fundamental components of both verbal and nonverbal communication. The goal of the course is to enhance communication skills in various forums and to understand thed impact of mass media on our culture. The class will be expected to make various presentations throughout the semester to demonstrate their knowledge in proper preparation and performance in communication.

 

    III.      Grade Requirement

 

12th Grade Status or Application to the Social Studies Department

 

   IV.      Mandatory Prerequisite

 

None

 

     V.      Suggested Prerequisite

 

None

 

   VI.      Comments

 

None

 


 

 


Dover High School   2368 Route 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 877-5750   Fax: (845) 877-5759

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Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

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