Social Studies

High School Social Studies

Our high school Social Studies program follows the Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs), which focus on Civics, Economics, Geography, History, and Social Studies Skills. It is the goal of the Edmonds School District to prepare students to become responsible and respectful global citizens, to contribute to their economic well-being and that of their families and communities, to explore and understand different perspectives, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives. To these ends, the Edmond School District provides opportunities for every student to be career and college ready by developing the knowledge and skills essential for success in the 21st century including conducting short, as well as sustained, research projects to answer a question or solve a problem, assessing the usefulness of sources, comparing author / source points of view, and synthesizing information from a range of sources.

Social Studies 9: Foundations of the Modern World: This is a semester-long foundational course in social studies that builds critical thinking skills and prepares students to understand the civics, geography, economics and history of the world in which they live. In this course, students will understand themes and developments in the areas of: global expansion, encounter and contact, major world regions and understanding of cultural roots, analysis of how cultures and cultural groups have shaped world history and how this can help students address and understand world problems today. Common Core skills that will be addressed include: critical reading, analyzing sources, comparing multiple points of view, and clear and coherent writing to prepare students for the rigor and demands of upper level course work.

Social Studies 10: Modern World History: Students in Modern World History will examine history, geography, economics and civics in the modern world. Building on the ninth grade course, Foundations of the Modern World, students will examine the themes of revolution and change, international conflict, emergence and development of new nations, the development of democracy and the role of human rights. As a part of this work, students will understand the impact of various forms of government on people past and present, the relationship and tensions between national interests and international issues, how command and market economies shape societies, and will evaluate human interactions with the environment across the world. This knowledge and awareness of modern world history will help students to address and understand world problems today. Our students can understand and apply knowledge of government, law and politics from world history that connect to our nation’s foundational documents, principles and United States history. Students will build on the Common Core skills established in ninth grade, preparing students for the rigor of upper level work.

Social Studies 11: US / WA History: Eleventh grade U.S. History is a required year-long course that focuses on the skills of analysis, comprehension, and research with the goals of understanding the politics, economics, geography and history of this country from a variety of perspectives. Students will study the history of the United States from the 1890s to the present, beginning with a review of American ideals, principles and documents. Themes and units of study include, but are not limited to, industrialism and the emergence of the U.S. as a world power; reform, prosperity, and economic depression; world conflict, international relations, and globalization; political, social and economic issues; and Washington State history. Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze multiple sources and evaluate their reliability in order to create, support and communicate a well-argued research thesis. Successful completion of this course also satisfies the Washington State history graduation requirement.

Social Studies 12: Civics, Economics, and Contemporary World Problems: This is a year-long senior level course exploring three units of study: Civics, Economics and Contemporary World Issues. Students will study: Civics--how our government works and how we as citizens interact with our government. Topics may include the Constitution, civil rights, the legal system and avenues for citizen involvement, governmental systems and how our federal and state governments work; Economics--how the economy works, how economic decisions are made, and what consequences those decisions have. Topics may include micro and macro-economics, economic systems, economic cycles, the market economy, the role of government, monetary policy and issues of wealth and poverty; and Contemporary World Issues—how concepts from the Civics and Economics portions of the course can help and explain current global issues. Here student will have an opportunity to apply their cumulative Social Studies knowledge and skills to consider real world situation to real world problems. Students will apply research and Common Core skills to complete a senior level CBA (classroom based assessment) that reflects their learning throughout the course.

For a brief overview of what topics are covered in Social Studies by grade level please review the Middle and High School Social Studies Overview.

For a brief description of each Board Adopted curriculum material by grade level please review the District Social Studies Adoption.

For more information about social studies, please contact Jeff Stone, (425) 431-7141.
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