Social Studies

M/J World History & M/J World History Advanced

The primary content for this course pertains to the world's ancient and classical civilizations of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Students will be exposed to the multiple dynamics of world history including economics, geography, politics, and religion/philosophy. Students will study methods of historical inquiry and primary and secondary historical documents. This course also offers scaffolded learning opportunities for students to develop the critical skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Socratic seminars/discussions, emphasizing free-response and document-based writing, contrasting opposing viewpoints, and solving problems are various methods of instructional exploration in this course.

M/J Civics & M/J Civics Advanced

The primary content for the course pertains to the principles, functions, and organization of government; the origins of the American political system; the roles, rights, responsibilities of United States citizens; and methods of active participation in our political system. The course is embedded with strong geographic and economic components to support civic education instruction.

M/J United States History & M/J United States History Advanced

The purpose of this course is to enable students to understand the development of the United States within the context of history by examining connections to the past to not only prepare for the future as participating members of a democratic society but also to understand the rights and responsibilities of citizens. The student will examine political, economic, technological and social developments of the United States from the Exploration Period through Reconstruction, with special emphasis on Florida’s role. The course of study should include but is not limited to: the impact of expansion on the development of America; political, social, and economics conflicts and compromise; influence of diverse groups on cultural development of the U.S.; key concepts of the United States Constitution and other important historical documents. Document-based writing will be emphasized in this class.