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World History I (World History and Geography to 1500 A.D.) 22190G

Assessment: SOL test

Students will explore the historical development of people, places, and patterns of life from ancient times until circa 1500 A.D.

The course requires students to describe and compare selected civilizations in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas in terms of chronology, location, geography, social structures, forms of government, economy, religion, and contributions to later civilizations. Geographic content and skills will be emphasized in addition to historical content and skills.
 
Honors World History I (World History and Geography to 1500 A.D.) 22190H

Assessment: SOL test

This course will require students to explore in depth the civilizations which developed in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas from ancient times until 1500 A.D. Students will apply skills in inquiry/research, technology, geographic knowledge, and historical content in order to compare and contrast selected civilizations.

Students will be expected to describe, analyze, and evaluate orally and in written research papers, the patterns and networks of geography, religion, social structures, government, economy, location, and historical cause and effect of people and events on ancient civilizations. Students will compare extensive supplementary readings and analytical papers. This class receives honors weighted credit.
 
World History II (World History and Geography: 1500 A.D. to Present) 22210G

Prerequisite: World History I or Honors World History I

Assessment: SOL test

This class covers history and geography from the late Middle Ages 1500 A.D. to the present with emphasis on Western Europe. Geographic influences on history continue to be explored, with increasing attention given to political boundaries that developed with the evolution of nation-states.

Significant attention is given to the ways in which scientific and technological revolutions created new economic conditions that in turn produced social and political changes. The people and events of the 19th and 20th centuries are emphasized for their strong connections to contemporary issues.

The class strikes a balance between the broad themes of history and specific historic events, ideas, issues, persons, and documents. Using texts, maps, pictures, stories, diagrams, charts, and a variety of chronological, inquiry/research, and technological skills, students develop competence in chronological thinking, historical comprehension, and historical analysis.
 
Honors World History II (World History and Geography: 1500 A.D. to Present 22210H

Prerequisite: World History I or Honors World History I

Assessment: SOL test

The origin of western civilization and the impact of non-western civilization upon the West and upon world cultures from 1500 A.D. to present are central themes of this course. Through study of cultures, geography, and historical development, the course leads to a deeper understanding of contemporary global issues. Distinguishing characteristics found within each of the cultures are examined through literature, art, architecture, music, religion, and philosophy. Historical emphasis is placed upon such areas as comparative political, economic, and social systems.

Emphasis is placed upon current crises, international relations, and the increasing interdependence of nations. Concepts and techniques employed by historians, archaeologists, and other social scientists are explored and practiced. The coursedemands outside readings, analysis of primary source material, and application and evaluation of research. This class receives honors weighted credit.
 
Virginia and U. S. History 23600G

Assessment: SOL test

United States History covers the development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. It focuses on political and economic history, and provides students with a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States and Virginia history.

Honors Virginia and U. S. History 23600H

Assessment: SOL test

Honors United States History covers the development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. It focuses on political and economic history and provides students with a basic knowledge of American culturethrough a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States and Virginia history. Higher levels of thinking and reasoning are taught which include analysis and synthesis. Time will be allocated for independentresearch. This class receives honors weighted credit.
 
AP United States History 23191A
AP United States History 23192A

Prerequisite: World History I and

Recommendation: Honors World History II

Assessment: In order to receive weighted credit, students are required to take the AP exam. SOL test

This yearlong, two-unit class may substitute for United States History. It prepares students for the AP examination in United States History. AP United States History covers the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. The course focuses on political and economic history and provides students with a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in UnitedStates and Virginia history. The course demands outside reading, analysis of primary source material, and research application and evaluation technologies that enhance student learning. This class receives advanced placement weighted credit. Students sign up for the test and pay a fee set by the College Board. Upon request, financial assistance is available based on need.
 
Virginia and U. S. Government 24400G

Prerequisite: US History or Honors US History or AP US History

This class focuses on an understanding of the origins and workings of the American and Virginian political systems. It focuses on the United States and Virginia constitutions, the structure and operation of United States and Virginia governments, and the process of policy-making, with emphasis on economics, foreign affairs, and civil rights issues. Course objectives include the impact of the general public, political parties, interest groups, and the media on policy decisions. United States’ political and economic systems are compared with those of other nations, with emphasis on the relationships between economic and political freedoms.
 
Honors Virginia and U. S. Government 24400H

Prerequisite: US History or Honors US History or AP US History

This course focuses on understanding the origins and workings of the American and Virginian political systems. It focuses on the United States and Virginia constitutions, the structure and operation of United States and Virginia governments, and theprocess of policy-making, with emphasis on economics, foreign affairs, and civil rights issues. Course objectives include the impact of the general public, political parties, interest groups, and the media on policy decisions. United States’ political andeconomic systems are compared with those of other nations, with emphasis on the relationships between economic and political freedoms. Higher levels of thinking and reasoning are taught which include analysis and synthesis. Time will be allocated for independent research. This class receives honors weighted credit.