History, as defined in Webster’s unabridged dictionary, is the “branch of knowledge dealing with past events; a continuous systematic narrative of past events as relating to a particular people, country, period, person, etc., usually written as a chronological account; the branch of knowledge dealing with past events; the record of past events and times, especially in connection with the human race. WOW!!! 

    I did not see or read anything about memorizing history facts. History is more than that. It is about me and you. My family and your family! We study history because it provides life lessons; it provides an understanding of current policy decisions and issues; it provides a way for us to build our pride for people and their culture and a greater sense of identity and self-esteem for us all.  As citizens of the United States of America, we have a civic responsibility and duty to protect the rights so dearly cherished in our plan of government, the Constitution. Your job is to speak about it, read about it, write about it, and listen about it; it being the HISTORY that you will be studying. Every day will begin with what you “can” do. Does this sound like a class that you will only be learning dates and people?  Sounds serious, doesn’t it? It is!



    World History

    World History Studies is a survey of the history of humankind. Due to the expanse of world history and the time limitations of the school year, the scope of this course will focus on "essential" concepts and skills that can be applied to various eras, events, and people. The major emphasis is on the study of significant people, events, and issues from the earliest times to the present. Traditional historical points of reference in world history are identified as students analyze important events and issues in western civilization as well as in civilizations in other parts of the world. Students evaluate the causes and effects of political and economic imperialism and of major political revolutions since the 17th century. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major historic events and identify the historic origins of contemporary economic systems. Students analyze the process by which constitutional governments evolved as well as the ideas from historic documents that influenced that process. Students trace the historical development of important legal and political concepts. Students examine the history and impact of major religious and philosophical traditions. Students analyze the connections between major developments in science and technology and the growth of industrial economies, and they use the process of historical inquiry to research, interpret, and use multiple sources of evidence.




     United States History Studies Since 1877
     In United States History Studies Since 1877, which is the second part of a two-year study that begins in Grade 8, students study the history of the United States from 1877 to the present. The course content is based on the founding documents of the U.S. government, which provide a framework for its heritage. Historical content focuses on the political, economic, and social events and issues related to industrialization and urbanization, major wars, domestic and foreign policies, and reform movements, including civil rights. Students examine the impact of geographic factors on major events and eras and analyze their causes and effects. Students examine the impact of constitutional issues on American society, evaluate the dynamic relationship of the three branches of the federal government, and analyze efforts to expand the democratic process. Students describe the relationship between the arts and popular culture and the times during which they were created. Students analyze the impact of technological innovations on American life. Students use critical-thinking skills and a variety of primary and secondary source material to explain and apply different methods that historians use to understand and interpret the past, including multiple points of view and historical context.