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Social Studies

Social studies education is essential for sustaining our constitutional democracy by preparing our young people to become responsible citizens. Responsible citizenship rests on the notion that young people must be educated to understand the complexities of human society and to govern themselves competently. Therefore, our goal is to prepare students to assume citizenship responsibilities and to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good of citizens in a pluralistic, democratic society of an interdependent world. Toward this goal, the social studies curriculum strives to build four capacities in young people: disciplinary knowledge, thinking skills, commitment to democratic values, and citizen participation.

The Keefe Technical High School Social Studies Curriculum is based primarily on the standards as set in the Massachusetts and Social Science Curriculum Framework. It is designed to integrate the major strands of social studies: history, civics and government, geography, and economics while examining the larger themes and ideas of history and the social sciences. The curriculum is designed to provide students with multiple and varied opportunities for rich educational experiences and in-depth study as they progress through the grades.

Primary focus is placed on the mastery of the core knowledge for each subject area and the concepts and skills in the social sciences that are essential to all American citizens. Problem solving, collaboration, and civic responsibility are strongly emphasized and integrated throughout the curriculum, as is the development of research, reading, writing, and study skills. The reading and analysis of primary documents is an important feature throughout the curriculum. Technology and research provide a key foundation for acquiring the necessary knowledge, skills, and content.

The Common Core curriculum includes a two-year study (grades 9-10) of United States History I & II and World History II (grade 11). Electives are offered in grades 11 and 12 that give students the chance to delve deeper into subjects that interest them, and allows them to broaden and apply the knowledge they gained in their basic history classes, so they can analyze, understand and evaluate more contemporary real-world problems.

Social Studies

Grade 9

 

4001- US HISTORY I: 1754-1850 HON - (Gr 9) 1 CREDIT

This course will trace the political, diplomatic, and cultural development of the United States from its historical and intellectual origins through the Antebellum Period, from the Civil War Period through the Progressive Era, and American entry into World War I. The course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings content necessary to prepare students for college level coursework. Students work at a rigorous pace as they participate in a wide variety of activities that are designed to strengthen reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed at a four-year college.

4002 - US HISTORY I: 1754-1850 CP1- (Gr 9) 1 CREDIT

This course will trace the political, diplomatic, and cultural development of the United States from its historical and intellectual origins through the Antebellum Period and from the Civil War Period through the Progressive Era and American entry into World War I. The course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to prepare students for college level coursework. Students work at an accelerated pace as they participate in a wide variety of activities designed to strengthen the reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed at a two-year college.

Grade 10

 

4021 – US HISTORY II: 1920 – 2001 HON – (Gr 10) 1 CREDIT

This course will trace the political, socioeconomic, diplomatic, and cultural development of the United States from the Post- World War I Era, including the Great Depression and World War II, through the recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America. The course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to prepare students for college level coursework. Students work at a rigorous pace as they participate in a wide variety of activities designed to strengthen the reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed at a four-year college.

4022 – US HISTORY II: 1920 – 2001 CP1 – (Gr 10) 1 CREDIT

This course will trace the political, socioeconomic, diplomatic, and cultural development of the United States from the Post- World War I Era, including the Great Depression and World War II, through the recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America. The course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to prepare students for college level coursework. Students work at an accelerated pace as they participate in a wide variety of activities designed to strengthen the reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed at the college level.

Grade 11

 

4041 – WORLD HISTORY 1800 HON – (Gr 11) 1 CREDIT

This course will trace the political, economic, and social development of the modern world from the Industrial Revolution and 19th century political reform in Western Europe through the continuing persistence of political, ethnic, and religious conflict in many parts of the world. The course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to prepare students for college level coursework. Students work at an accelerated pace as they participate in a wide variety of activities designed to strengthen the reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed at a four-year college.

4042 – WORLD HISTORY II CP1– (Gr 11) 1 CREDIT

This course will trace the political, economic, and social development of the modern world from the Industrial Revolution and 19th century political reform in Western Europe through the continuing persistence of political, ethnic, and religious conflict in many parts of the world. The course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to prepare students for college level coursework. Students work at a rigorous pace as they participate in a wide variety of activities designed to strengthen the reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed at a two-year college.

4062 - CURRENT WORLD AFFAIRS CP1– (GR 11, 12) 1 CREDIT

The primary goal of the curriculum is to raise an awareness of students to the world around them. By providing students with an opportunity to discuss current events, they will develop a sense of their own view on issues and begin to define themselves as a political personality. The use of a variety of technologies and methodologies is integrated throughout the curriculum. Through regular viewing of print and television media, an emphasis is placed on the role of the media in shaping world events and influencing public opinion. Students work at a rigorous pace as they participate in a wide variety of activities designed to strengthen the reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed at a two-year college.

Grade 12

4062 - CURRENT WORLD AFFAIRS CP1– (GR 11, 12) 1 CREDIT

The primary goal of the curriculum is to raise an awareness of students to the world around them. By providing students with an opportunity to discuss current events, they will develop a sense of their own view on issues and begin to define themselves as a political personality. The use of a variety of technologies and methodologies is integrated throughout the curriculum. Through regular viewing of print and television media, an emphasis is placed on the role of the media in shaping world events and influencing public opinion. Students work at a rigorous pace as they participate in a wide variety of activities designed to strengthen the reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed at a two-year college.

4051 – LAW & SOCIETY HON – (Gr 12) 1 CREDIT

This course examines the broad issues related to why we have laws and how such laws influence individuals and the society in which we live. By drawing on students’ knowledge, values, and experiences, the course connects them with the overall framework of the law to help them become more active citizens. Students work at a rigorous pace as they participate in activities in which they solve problems and analyze case studies and hypothetical situations within the areas of criminal and civil law to develop the critical thinking skills that are necessary to succeed at a four-year college.

4052 – LAW & SOCIETY CP1 – (Gr 12) 1 CREDIT

This course examines the broad issues related to why we have laws and how such laws influence individuals and the society in which we live. By drawing on students’ knowledge, values, and experiences, the course connects them with the overall framework of the law to help them become more active citizens. Students work at an accelerated pace as they participate in activities in which they solve problems and analyze case studies and hypothetical situations within the areas of criminal and civil law to develop the critical thinking skills that are necessary to succeed at a two-year college.

4090 AP Psychology- (Gr 12) 1 CREDIT) Description: The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.

Social Studies Faculty Contact Information

Matthew Warren

Lead Teacher, Varisty Girls Volleyball Coach, JV Boys Volleyball Coach, History Club Advisor

Jamie Conti

Teacher, Student Council Advisor

Taylor Cummings

Teacher

Nicholas Fulham

Teacher

Philip Rosano

Teacher, Varisty Boys Baseball Coach, Varsity Boys Volleyball Coach