2023-24 Le Mars Community High School Curriculum Guide

P a g e | 46  SOCIAL STUDIES (6 Credits Required) AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (NCAA) Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 Grade Level: 11 This is a required course taken during your junior year. The course includes the study of such topics as elections, voting, the Presidency, the Congress, the Supreme Court, Iowa State government, and local governments. Current events and day-to-day changes that occur in our world are discussed. Students are encouraged to express opinions on current problems in the nation and the world. AMERICAN HISTORY (NCAA) Course Length: 1 Year Credits: 2 Grade Level: 9 This required course is the study of America’s past starting with the Civil War period and moving up to the present. Students will examine the movement west by the American people. The main emphasis will be on modern America throughout the 18 th , 19 th and 20 th centuries. Students will study the nation’s growth into a world power, the struggles through economic depressions and the development of a democratic republic. The political institutions and social groups that helped to shape this nation will be investigated. Most importantly, methods and materials used will help students develop skills, attitudes and an understanding necessary to be effective America citizens. Students are responsible for successful completion of all daily work and tests. Students may also produce authentic work through group presentations and individual research projects. CITIZENS & THE CONSTITUTION - Offered 2023-2024 (NCAA) Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 Elective/Required: Elective Option Grade Level: 11, 12 This class is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitutional democracy. Topics covered include philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system, creation of the Constitution, how the Constitution has been changed to further the ideals contained in the Declaration of Independence, how values and principles embodied in the Constitution have shaped American institutions and practices, rights protected by the Bill of Rights, and challenges facing American constitutional democracy in the twenty-first century. COLLEGE WESTERN CIV. ANCIENT-MOD - HIS110 (NCAA) CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 LCHS, 3 WITCC Elective/Required: Elective Option Grade Level: 11, 12 This course covers the development of civilizations in the western world. This is a college course, and college- level work will be expected. This course includes the study of the Stone Age, Egyptian, Greek, and, Roman civilizations, medieval European society, and the rise of Christianity and national governments in Europe. Students will participate in class discussion, note-taking, and will be expected to read the text thoroughly on their own. Student will take multiple-choice quizzes, complete review questions, and take an essay tests over each chapter. The course also requires the completion of 3 research papers over focused topics.

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