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Social Studies


 

Welcome to the Crestwood High School Social Studies Home Page!
 
Crestwood High School requires four credits in social studies for graduation. Students must successfully complete Integrated U.S. History I, Integrated U.S. History II and American Government--each one credit. The one credit that remains is fulfilled by the student’s choice of several half-credit electives including Psychology, Sociology, American Wars, Global Issues, and American Popular Culture. Advanced Placement U.S. History is also an option for one credit and the possibility of earning college credit.
 
The Social Studies Department is comprised of six full time teachers. All of our social studies teachers have either completed their Masters degrees or are in the process. Our social studies department is also strongly involved outside of the classroom as coaches, advisors and committee chairs. We are proud of our additional involvement in the building and district and we appreciate the success and achievements of our students. Our goal is to provide challenging, creative and engaging curriculum which allows students to think beyond the facts and develop their own opinions and conclusions about past, present and future events of this great country and the world.
 
                                               


 

Course Descriptions


 

1212   Integrated History I (Colonization to the Great Depression)       1 year             Grade 9          1 credit
This is the study of political, social, economic, and cultural trends of the U.S. and the world community from colonization to the Great Depression. Students may be required to purchase additional reading material. Required for graduation.
 
1213   Honors Integrated History I (Colonization to the Great Depression) 1 year   Grade 9            1 credit
This is a more rigorous course appropriate for higher achieving students. It includes study of the political, social, economic, and cultural trends of the U.S. and the world community from colonization to the Great Depression. Students may be required to purchase additional reading material. Required for graduation. Suggested for future AP courses.
 
1215   Integrated History II (Great Depression to Present)                  1 year             Grade 10        1 credit
This is the study of the political, social, economic, and cultural trends of the U.S. and the world community from the Great Depression to the present. Students may be required to purchase additional reading material. Required for graduation.
 
1214   Honors Integrated History II (Great Depression to Present) 1 year                 Grade 10        1 credit
This is a more rigorous course appropriate for higher achieving students. It includes the study of the political, social, economic and cultural trends of the U.S. and the world community from the Great Depression to the present. Students may be required to purchase additional reading material. Required for graduation. Suggested for future AP courses.
 
1210 Advanced Placement U.S. History                                1 year       Grade 11                     1 credit
This class is an in-depth, accelerated course that covers American history. This class allows students to earn college credit through the APUSH Exam in the spring. This is a college-level course with college-level expectations. Fee: Advanced placement exam fee. Students may be asked to purchase additional materials. **Only those students who successfully completed API may take this course.** 
 
1216 Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics 1 year         Grades 11, 12          1 credit
This course offers an analytical, in-depth perspective on American government and its political institutions. This course requires a familiarity with various groups, beliefs, and concepts that constitute U.S. government and politics. This course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement Test in U.S. Government and Politics which can result in college credit and/or upper-level placement upon entering college. This course is rigorous and accelerated. Students will be required to purchase additional reading materials. Fee: Advanced Placement test fee.
 
1201 American Government/Economics                           1 year             Grades 11, 12           1 credit
Students will study governmental processes especially at the national level, with emphasis on the practical aspects of government such as voting, political parties/ideologies and elections. Students will spend a quarter focusing on the importance of the economy and personal finance including credit/loans, planning for college and the stock market and investing. Students will learn the skills necessary for the individual to function as a productive citizen. Students may be required to purchase additional reading material. Required for graduation.
 
 
 
 
 
SOCIAL STUDIES (continued)
 
1202 Honors American Government/Economics            1 year             Grades 11, 12           1 credit
This is a more rigorous course appropriate for higher achieving students. It will include the study of governmental processes especially at the national level, with emphasis on the practical aspects of government such as voting, political parties/ideologies and elections. Students will spend a quarter focusing on the importance of the economy and personal finance including credit/loans, saving and planning for college and the stock market and investing. Students will learn the skills necessary for the individual to function as a productive citizen. Students may be required to purchase additional reading material. Required for graduation.
                                                                                                                                                           
1232   Psychology                                              1 semester                       Grades 11, 12           ½ credit
This class is the study of individual behavior and mental processes. Students will learn the motivations, reasons, and cognitive processes behind the actions of humans. Elective.
 
1233   Sociology                                                 1 semester                       Grades 11, 12           ½ credit
This class is the study of group behavior. Students will develop an understanding of why society functions as it does. Elective.
 
1203   American Wars                                       1 semester                       Grades 10, 11, 12      ½ credit
This is a semester class in U.S. military history. It will examine the causes, events, and results of American military conflicts. Most attention will be paid to the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War. Students may be required to purchase additional reading materials. Elective.
 
1204   American Popular Culture                      1 semester                 Grades 9, 10, 11, 12      ½ credit
This class investigates, using the social studies method, what makes us Americans. It does not focus on military or political history, although they are not ignored, but on fashion fads, sports, music, television and movies including famous personalities. The class takes each decade from 1950 until present and examines what was “in” during that time period. The class is conducted informally through discussion, guest speakers, selected movies, videotapes, music, and reading material. Elective. **Attention athletes, this NOT an NCAA approved course!