High School Social Studies Curriculum

 

High School Program of Studies | Online Resources

 

Graduation requirements

4 credits. World History, U.S. History, one semester of Alaska Studies, one semester of Economics, one semester of United States Government, one semester of a Social Studies elective. Students may waive the .5 credit social studies requirement by completion of Level III of a world language (ASL, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or Spanish); immersion students may waive the .5 social studies requirement by completion of Japanese for Fluent Speakers, Vistas Juveniles del Mundo Hispano, or Russian Immersion Youth and Culture.

 

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Grade 9

Alaska Studies and elective

Alaska studies is generally taken in 9th grade.

This semester course is required for graduation.

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Elective choices may include (dependent on school):

  • Ancient civilizations
  • Global geography

Grade 9

Alaska Studies 2.0

Alaska studies adopted 2005

 

Grade 10

World History 

This is a year-long course and required for graduation

 

Grade 10  

New curriculum adopted June 2007

Grade 11

US History 

This is a year-long course and required for graduation.

Grade 11 

U.S. History adopted 2007 

 

Grade 12

Economics

Generally taken in 12th grade. This semester course is required for graduation.

 

Social studies electives

Generally taken in 12th grade, may be 11th.

 

US Government

Taken in 12th grade this semester course is required for graduation.

Economics

 

US Government

 

Economics adopted 2013

Social studies electives adopted 1999

U.S. government adopted 2018

 

 

 

 

 


Alaska Studies Overview

Grade level 9–12. One semester, required

 

Alaska Studies is an in-depth exploration of the rich geographic and cultural background of the state and its people from the early native peoples to the Russian era through statehood to the present. This course includes examination of the geography, history and the political and economic forces that have shaped contemporary Alaska. Content is organized around five themes of population, land, resource, governance and cultural landscape. The course seeks to ensure that students have a strong foundation in the historic and cultural contexts of issues facing the state so they will develop a broad sense of community and strengthen skills that will encourage thoughtful consideration of issues and choices facing Alaska.

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World History(Circa 500 BC–AD 1800)

Grade level 10. Two semesters, required

 

This course provides a study of world history. Included in the first semester of the ASD world history curriculum are the geographic regions of Greece, Rome, India, The Far East; China, Japan, Korea, and Africa. Geography, humanities, religions, government, economy, society, science, and technology are some of the themes/perspectives by which these areas of the world will be explored. Included in the second semester are the geographic regions of the Middle East, ancient Americas, Byzantium, and Europe. Geography, humanities, religions, government, economy, society, science, and technology are some of the themes/perspectives by which these areas of the world will be explored.

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Honors History: World History

Grade level 10. Two semesters

 

Prerequisite: Social studies teacher recommendation required. This course provides an in-depth study of world history. Extensive reading, writing, research, and project development will be required on a daily basis outside of class to meet course expectations. Included in the first semester of the ASD world history curriculum are the geographic regions of Greece, Rome, India, The Far East; China, Japan, Korea, and Africa. Geography, humanities, religions, government, economy, society, science, and technology are some of the themes/perspectives by which these areas of the world will be explored. Included in the second semester are the geographic regions of the Middle East, Ancient Americas, Byzantium, and Europe. Geography, humanities, religions, government, economy, society, science, and technology are some of the themes/perspectives by which these areas of the world will be explored.

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U.S. History

Grade level 11. Two semesters, required

 

This course provides the study of United States history with some integration of world history. Historiography, geography, economics, government, humanities, sociology, religions, philosophy, science, and technology are some of the themes/perspectives by which US history will be examined. The first semester will investigate/explore the American experience through the post WW I era (roaring twenties) and the beginning of the Great Depression. The second semester will investigate/explore the American experience from the Great Depression through contemporary America.

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Honors History: U.S. History

Grade level 11. Two semesters

 

Prerequisite: Social studies teacher recommendation required. This course provides an in-depth study of United States history with some integration of world history. Extensive reading, writing, research, and project development will be required on a daily basis outside of class to meet course expectations. Historiography, geography, economics, government, humanities, sociology, religions, philosophy, science, and technology are some of the themes/perspectives by which US history will be examined. In the first semester this course will investigate/explore the American experience through the post WWI ear (roaring twenties) and the beginning of the Great Depression. In the second semester this course will investigate/explore the American experience from the Great Depression through contemporary America.

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Economics

Grade level 9–12. One semester

 

Students will examine the fundamental principles of economic theory and how they apply to their lives and the world around them. Students will learn the economic way of thinking as they study the role of consumers, producers and government in the economy. They will explore a number of microeconomic and macroeconomic issues, international markets, and financial literacy.

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United States Government

Grade level 12. One semester, required

 

This course is founded on the belief that to become an informed and active citizen, an understanding of government is essential. This course will feature both the structure of government and the function of politics. It will include both theory and practical application of the following: 1) foundations of United States government, 2) institutions and policy making, 3) principles of the United States Constitution, 4) roles and responsibilities of the citizen, and 5) political culture.

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