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World Geography Grade Level 9

Prerequisite(s): Louisiana History or 8th-grade History

Description: This course is designed to serve as an introduction to world cultures. Through course readings, current events, and research, students will become aware of not only a country's location but also a country's relevance to the modern world. Students will develop an understanding of the way people live in particular places and why they live as they do. Students will also explore the physical features of the earth, changing earth resources, people and the land, political boundaries, economic growth, and technical change.

American History Grade Level 11

Prerequisite(s): World History and World Geography

Description: This course enables students to understand the development of the United States within the context of history. Emphasis is placed on the changing role of the U.S. in the world arena. Students will use knowledge pertaining to history, geography, economics, political processes, and humanities to solve problems in academic, civic, social, and employment settings.

World History Grade Level 10

Prerequisite(s): World Geography, World Geography, Louisiana History or 8th-grade History

Description: World History explores the history of modern civilization. In this course, students will investigate events, trends, and developments that have had an impact on the development of the modern world. The course surveys the period from the Renaissance through the end of the Cold War with an emphasis on Western European history and its influence on the world.

The AP U.S. History course focuses on the development of disciplinary practices and reasoning skills and an understanding of content organized around seven themes:

  1. American and National Identity
  2. Politics and Power
  3. Work, Exchange, and Technology
  4. Culture and Society
  5. Migration and Settlement
  6. Geography and the Environment
  7. America in the World

 

The course is divided into nine chronological periods (some units overlap chronologically due to the different concepts covered in each unit):

  1. 1491-1607
  2. 1607-1754
  3. 1754-1800
  4. 1800-1848
  5. 1844-1877
  6. 1865-1898
  7. 1890-1945
  8. 1945-1980
  9. 1980-present

 

In this course, you’ll develop the AP history disciplinary practices and reasoning skills:

  • Practice 1: Analyzing historical evidence
  • Practice 2: Argument development
  • Skill 1: Contextualization
  • Skill 2: Comparison
  • Skill 3: Causation
  • Skill 4: Continuity and change over time

 

AP United States History will:

  • Provide you with the reasoning skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with the main issues and documents of U.S. history
  • Prepare you for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon you equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses
  • Enable you to assess historical sources — their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance — and to weigh the evidence and interpretations of the past presented in historical scholarship
  • Develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format
  • Train you to analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary materials, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events
  • Teach you to take notes from both printed materials and lectures or discussions, to write essay examinations, and to write analytical and research papers
  • Enable you to express yourself with clarity and precision and know how to cite sources and credit the phrases and ideas of others

For a bit more detail, download this two-page overview. For a lot more detail,  download the AP U.S. History Course and Exam Description.

AP Government & Politics Grade Level 12

Prerequisite(s): AP Human Geography, AP US History and AP World History

Description: The Advanced Placement U. S. Government and Politics course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course. In this course, students learn more about American political science. Students will explore the operations and structure of the U.S. government and the behavior of the electorate and politicians. They will also gain the analytical perspective necessary to evaluate political data, hypotheses, concepts, opinions, and processes and learn how to gather data about political behavior and develop their own theoretical analysis of American politics. Skills development focuses on the examination of general propositions about government and politics and to the ability to analyze specific relationships between political, social, and economic institutions. Students will: read as much as required in a typical literature course; think and write at a higher level to clearly express ideas and persuade with evidence; analyze political cartoons, campaign ads, current events and data sources such as statistics from public opinion polls, charts and graphs on election results, etc.; write college-level essays analyzing complex subjects; and debate with peers via discussion boards.

This course is a detailed examination of the journey of Black Americans from their origin in the civilizations of Africa, through slavery in the Western Hemisphere, to their struggle for freedom and equality in the United States. Students explore contemporary issues relevant to the Black experience as well as their contribution to this nation and the world.
This course is designed to give students a broad view of psychology as a science and as a tool for personal development. Students will explore areas such as principles of learning and the processes of thinking, both of which are intended to help students in other subject areas. Other areas of study include human behavior and personality development. This course is recommended for juniors and seniors.
This course is designed to give a broad view of human society and social behavior. The course will emphasize group behavior and the social interaction of people. Students will study culture, socialization, human development, education, collective behavior and social change. This course is recommended for juniors and seniors.
Pre-Law is designed to provide students with practical information about the law and to provide problem-solving opportunities that will assist in the development of knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s society. The course will include a study of the major types of law (criminal, civil, juvenile, etc.), as well as the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws.

Social Studies Department

Mr. Kendall Crawford

kcrawford@purpleknights.com
U.S. History, Journalism

Mr. Kenneth Dorsey

World History, Louisiana History

Mr. Emmitt Lockard

elockard@purpleknights.com
African American History, Chemistry

Ms. Allison W. Moultrie

amoultrie@purpleknights.com
Honors & AP Human Geography, Honors & AP World History, Honors & AP U.S. History, Honors & AP Politics and Government

Ms. Patricia Parker

pparker@purpleknights.com
American Government, Political Club