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Course Descriptions

The mission of the Bangor Area School District Community in the area of Social Studies is to develop a rich, comprehensive understanding of democratic ideals, cultural diversity, and historical and economic concepts that provide students with the skills to be life-long learners, independent thinkers and active citizens who participate in society for the common good of all.

Honors United States History I (9)

This intensive study of American History is designed for those high achieving students who have demonstrated disciplined work habits and strong writing skills in their 8th grade history class. The course will emphasize analytical thinking in order to evaluate the political, social, and cultural trends existent in the United States between the Gilded Age and the post-World War II period. Students will be introduced to thesis writing and primary source analysis. Significant out-of-class inquiries will be required along with a summer reading and a substantial MLA research paper. Honors US History I is intended for the hard working student who seeks an in-depth examination into the forces that shaped America. (Prerequisite: Students must have maintained an overall A average in 8th grade U.S. History and have that teacher's recommendation)

 

American History I (9) - College Prep

 

This in-depth study of American culture and history from 1865-1945 emphasizes presidents and their administrations, and stresses the development of the United States as a world power in regard to cultural, military, and scientific aspects. Research will be conducted on 19th and 20th Century inventions and discoveries. Included will be a comprehensive study of the major wars of the 1900's, culminating in a close look at World War II. Research activities will include biographical studies, cooperative learning, and use of primary source documents. A research paper using the Modern Language Association format is required.


American History I (9) - Tech Prep

This general study of our nation's past from 1865-1945 emphasizes presidents and their administrations, and stresses the development of the United States as a world power in regard to cultural, military, and scientific aspects. Students trace early beckground development of 19th and 20th Century inventions and discoveries. Included is a broad study of the major wars of the 1900's focusing on World War II. 

Research activities include biographical studies, reports, cooperative learning, and current events relating to the course curriculum.


American History II (10)

This general study of American cultures/history from 1945 to the present concentrates on vocabulary and reading and map skills for students who do not intend to further their education beyond high school. Units covered are "America Continues to Grow," "The Nation Becomes a World Power," "War and Peace Bring New Problems," and "The Modern World." 

American Odyssey is supplemented with audio-visual materials.

 

American History II - College Prep (10)

This in-depth study of American culture/history from 1945 to present concentrates on note-taking, cooperative learning, and research skills for the students who intend to further their education beyond high school. Course content begins in 1945 and concentrates on the period from post-World War II to the present day. The text, America and Pathways to the Present is supplemented with audio visual presentations and primary source material. A Research paper is required.

 

American History II - Honors (10)

This weighted course covers the same material as the other levels of American History II. The speed and depth at which the material is covered differentiate this course from the College Prep American History offering. (Prerequisite: Minimum B+ average in American History I and instructor approval) Research paper is required.

 

Advanced Placement United States History (Grades 10 & 11) (Prerequisite Required)

This intensive study of American History is designed for those high achieving students who have demonstrated disciplined work habits and strong writing skills. The course will emphasize analytical thinking in order to evaluate the political, social, and cultural trends existent in the United States from exploration to the present. Significant out of class inquiries will be required along with a substantial summer reading assignment. Advanced Placement courses are intended for the hard working student who seeks a challenging consideration of the forces that shaped America. (Prerequisite: Students must have maintained an overall A average in U.S. History and have that teacher's recommendation).

 

World Cultures - Honors (11)

Designed for the college-bound student, the course deals with seven units  "Concept of Culture," "Far East," "Middle East," "Slavic Society," "Africa," "Latin America," and "India." Emphasis is placed on notetaking, problem solving, library and research skills, in-depth study of historical aspects, and a study of global problems as they affect the United States. Research paper is required. The Honors course involves additional use of primary source documents, reading and writing assignments, and higher level thinking skills. (Prerequisite: B+ in American History II).

 

World Cultures - CP (11)

Designed for the college-bound student, the course deals with seven units  "Concept of Culture," "Far East," "Middle East," "Slavic Society," "Africa," "Latin America," and "India." Emphasis is placed on notetaking, problem solving, library and research skills, in-depth study of historical aspects, and a study of global problems as they affect the United States. Research paper is required.

 

World Cultures (11)

Dealing with the seven units listed above, this survey course is designed for the student who does not plan to go to college. Emphasis is placed on contemporary cultures and important geographical and historical aspects.


SOCIAL STUDIES ELECTIVES

THESE ELECTIVES ARE AVAILABLE ONLY FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS

WITH PRIORITY GIVEN TO SENIORS.

American Cultures (45 day elective)

American Cultures examines the cultures that have come together to make up America. The history, music, art, food, literature, and present-day situations of various groups that have come to our nation and created American society will be

studied in this course.

 

American Government

This elective will prepare students to become contributing members of our democracy and will encourage students to cast an educated ballot. Students will study the branches of government at the federal, state, and local level. Students will be required to study and discuss political issues of the day. Participation in hands-on activity is required. (This elective is a mandatory graduation requirement.)

 

Consumerism

This elective is designed to help students immediately and throughout their life. It is intended to make them aware of their position as consumers in the economic life of America. Areas covered are fraud, advertising, good shopping techniques, consumer protection, investments consumer credit, and insurance. A major part of the course will be the formulation of a local consumer portfolio by the class. A family budget project is a course requirement.

Economics

This elective is the study of the principles of Economics. Topics covered are the characteristics of the American Economics system; comparison with other economic systems; supply and demand; economic performance and problems; taxes and fiscal policy; money, banking and monetary policy; and personal economics. The emphasis will be on economic principles and their application to everyday life. Research paper is required. (This course is recommended for College Prep students.)

 

European History AP

This course is designed for the advanced social studies student. The class will investigate the social, political, economic, and religious aspects of European Society from 1300-present day. The course will prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement Test. Research paper is required. (Instructor approval required)

 

Modern European History- Honors

The course is designed to discuss the historical, social, and political events in England, France, and Germany from 1800 to the present. Each nation is studied in relationship to government formulation and problems, revolutions and rebellions, World Wars I and II, and 1945 to the present. (Recommended for College Prep students) Research paper is required. (Prerequisite: B+ in CP or Honors World Cultures)

 

Physical Geography

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the various physical features of man's environment. An emphasis will be directed toward coordinating these features with the countries and regions studied in the eleventh grade World Cultures course. Topics dealing with the physical world namely continental drift, maps, climates, geology, and topography and a coverage of the countries in the populated continents of the world will be studied. A course requirement includes a student-taught lesson.

 

Sociology

This introductory course examines the ways people interact with one another and involves learning about relationships within groups, relationships in social institutions, and the organization of societies. Sociology also deals with the investigation

of vital issues and social problems confronting our society.

 

Understanding the Arts (Art History 

Refer to the course description under Art. This course will be taught by the Art Department and will meet .5 credit toward an Arts and Humanities History elective.


Museum Study (Art History)

Refer to the course description under Art. This course will be taught by the Art Department and will meet .5 credit toward an Arts and Humanities History elective.

 

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