Most school districts require high school students to acquire 4 years worth of social studies lessons or credits. These lessons are basically the same lessons that have been taught in previous years with the exception that at the high school level, students are expected to be able to learn history in detail, remembering exact dates of historic events, and discussing social issues. In part one of this article, I discussed 9th and 10 grade topics (though don’t have to study the years in this order). The basic curriculum for social studies in the Junior and Senior years is as follows.
Grade 11 social studies covers American History. Students are expected to learn about exploration and discovery, the colonization of America, the birth of our nation, The constitution of the United States, and the development of a new nation. Students willalso learn about the period of nationalism, sectionalism, The American Civil War and Reconstruction, and the United States as a world power. The will also learn about the Struggle for women’s rights, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II. The Cold War, and the nuclear era. Other important topics include civil rights, delinquency and crime, urbanization and public education. A student wishing to take a college or AP course would take American History.
Grade 12 social studies basically covers government and economics. Topics are Principles of U. S. government, the democratic ideal, basic documents of the U. S., and agriculture in the U. S. Students will also learn about urbanization, conservation, business and industry in the U. S., and the American party system They will also learn about propaganda and public opinion, comparative governments, comparative economic systems, consumer education, crime and delinquency, and psychology. Labor-management relations, economic concepts and theories, taxation and finance, distribution and exchange of goods and services, should also be covered. Finally, student should learn about international relations, American foreign policy, international organizations, public education, women’s role in today’s society, and family economics and management A student who would like to take a college level course instead can take economics. They can also choose to take European History instead.