Oklahoma History

Oklahoma history is a one-semester course in which scholars explore the early history and the development of our state through a study of Oklahoma’s cultural heritage, natural resources, economics, social and political progress. Scholars engage in frequent interpretation of historical documents and analysis of primary sources through routine writing.

Honors Oklahoma History

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

Honors Oklahoma History allows scholars the opportunity to describe and analyze the periods of Oklahoma from our earliest inhabitants to statehood and the modern era. Scholars discover facts about explorers, Native American removal and its effects on each tribe and the Civil War in Indian Territory. Scholars evaluate the economic, social and political developments of our state and the contributions of its people. We build upon social studies skills such as analyzing and interpreting primary and secondary sources and evaluating the relationship between the geography of Oklahoma and its historical development. Scholars complete projects, essays, discussions, debates and readings in class and at home. Honors Oklahoma History scholars perform at a higher level than regular history classes. This intention is to prepare scholars for AP history courses in the future.

Civics

Civics explores the principles, functions and organizations of government; the origins of the American political system; the roles, rights and responsibilities of the United States citizens and methods of active participation in our political system. Topics include the foundations of government, the road to the constitution, civil rights, the three branches of government, state and local government, political and public policy, citizenship and participation, media and its influence, news literacy, the government and the market, international affairs and other important issues.  Scholars are responsible for completing projects, essays, discussions, debates and readings in class and at home. Civics integrates current events with the principles of American government utilizing the iCivics curriculum. This curriculum was founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor with a vision to cultivate a new generation of scholars for thoughtful and active citizenship.   

Honors Civics

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

Honors Civics is a higher level civics class that examines the principles, functions and organization of government; the origins of the American political system; the roles, rights, and responsibilities of United States citizens and methods of active participation in the political system. Topics include the foundations of government, the road to the constitution, civil rights, the three branches of government,  political and public policy, citizenship and participation, media and its influence, news literacy and other important issues. The expectation is for scholars to perform at a higher level than regular history classes. Honors Civics includes the components of Civics with a higher level reading requirement which prepares scholars for AP classes.  Scholars complete projects, essays, discussions, debates, and readings in class and at home. The usage of  the iCivics curriculum, founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, gives scholars the vision to cultivate a new generation for thoughtful and active citizenship.

World History

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of Oklahoma History

 

World History surveys the history of the modern world beginning with an overview of world religions and philosophies and continues with extensive study of historic eras from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Scholars explore the political, social, cultural and economic developments of the past in order to help them gain an understanding of the world today. There is engaged and frequent interpretation of historical documents and analysis of primary sources through writing. Scholars participate in developing history projects with a specific annual theme that applies reading and interpretation of documents and historical thinking.

Psychology

Psychology is an entry level course designed to introduce scholars to the practical application of modern psychology. Scholars will learn about: history and approaches, social psychology, personality, neurobiology, sensation and perception. Scholars will explore states of consciousness (including sleep and dreams), developmental psychology, learning, thinking and memory. Scholars will read about and discuss motivation, emotion, stress and health, testing, intelligence, abnormal psychology and treatment, and research.

Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and a signed and returned Advanced Placement (AP) contract

 

Advanced Placement Psychology  is a college-level course designed to prepare scholars for the Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology Exam. Scholars will be introduced to the practical application of modern psychology. The course focuses on the history of and approaches to psychology, social psychology, personality, neurobiology, sensation and perception, states of consciousness (including sleep and dreams), developmental psychology, learning, thinking and memory, motivation and emotion, stress and health, testing and intelligence, abnormal psychology and treatment and research methods.

U.S. History

Prerequisite:  The successful completion Oklahoma History

US History covers the history of the United States from Reconstruction to the early 21st century. Scholars analyze the following historical concepts according to their eras: the transformation of the United States through its civil rights struggles following the Civil War, immigrant experiences, settlement of the American West and the industrialization of American society in the Post-Reconstruction through the Progressive Eras, 1865 to 1900; the transformation of the United States into a world power in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, 1890 to 1920; the cycles of boom and bust of the 1920s and 1930s on the transformation of American government, the economy and society; the United States’ role in international affairs, including the nation’s involvement in World War II; and foreign and domestic policies during the Cold War, 1945 to the contemporary era. Scholars develop historical thinking skills such as understanding the difference between primary and secondary sources, citing textual evidence to support analysis from these sources, comparing points of view of authors, identifying and explaining historical context within text. U.S History.​

Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of Oklahoma History, teacher recommendation and a signed and returned Advanced Placement (AP)  contract.

 

Advanced Placement U.S. History is a college-level survey course covering American history from the Pre-Columbian period to the 21st century (1491-2003). Using chronological and thematic approaches to the material, AP United States History exposes scholars to extensive primary and secondary sources and to the interpretations of various historians. Scholars practice and hone the historical thinking skills of causation, continuity and change, comparison, use of historical evidence and analysis of historical documents. Advanced Placement U.S. history requires extensive writing and reading assignments; therefore readings and other assignments are often expected to be completed outside of class to ensure scholar success. Advanced Placement United States History teaches in accordance with the College Board Advanced Placement U.S. History curriculum framework, and is designed to prepare scholars for the Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam in May which provides scholars the opportunity to earn college credit.

Advanced Placement (AP) European History

 

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of Oklahoma History, teacher recommendation and a signed and returned Advanced Placement (AP) contract.

 

Advanced Placement European History is the equivalent of a two-semester introductory college or university European history course. Scholars investigate significant events, individuals, developments and processes in nine units that span the historical time frame from approximately 1450 to the present. Scholars develop and use the same skills, practices and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources, developing historical arguments, making historical comparisons and utilizing reasoning about contextualization, causation and continuity and change over time. Scholars develop analytical and interpretive writing skills by practicing short answer questions, document-based essays and long essay question essays. In accordance with the College Board Advanced Placement European History curriculum framework, Advanced Placement European History prepares scholars for the Advanced Placement Exam in May which provides scholars the opportunity to earn college credit.

American Government

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of United States History

American Government is taught in conjunction with Personal Finance as a year-long course where it offers an overview of the American political system. Scholars examine the constitutional foundation of our government system and its development over time. Scholars  analyze the increasingly important role of campaigns and elections in contemporary American politics and how civic society and non-governmental entities, such as political parties, interest groups and the media influence the policy-making process. Scholars study how the institutions of the federal government---the Congress, the presidency, and the courts---operate, both in theory and in practice and how these three branches interact with one another.

Advanced Placement (AP) United States Government and Politics

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of United States History, teacher recommendation and a signed and returned Advanced Placement (AP)  contract

AP United States Government explores the political theory and everyday practice that directs the daily operation of our government and shapes our public policies. The express purpose is to prepare scholars to take the Advanced Placement Exam for U.S Government and Politics. The class is on a college level and is reading and writing intensive. The ability to use analytical skills in class discussion and debates on contemporary topics in American government are a critical part of the course. Going beyond a basic analysis of how our government “works” allows scholars to develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the American political system as well as their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

Personal Finance

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of United States History

Personal Finance is a year long course connected to American Government. The purpose of Personal Finance is to learn the ideas, concepts, knowledge and skills that enable scholars to implement personal financial decision-making skills. Scholars study how to become successful and knowledgeable consumers, savers, investors, users of credit, money managers and participating members of a workforce and society. Some of the specific topics include: earning an income, state and federal taxes, banking and financial services, balancing a checkbook, saving and investing, retirement planning, rights and responsibilities of buying or renting a home and insurance and charitable giving.

Contemporary United States History

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of Oklahoma History

 

Contemporary United States History covers important events in American history from post-WWII through the early 21st century from a political, social and cultural standpoint. This includes the Cold War and Nuclear Age in the 1950s, the Civil Rights Movement, the 1960s, Vietnam, the resurgence of conservatism in the 1980s, the growth in grassroots democratic politics as characterized by the Obama era and the critical role of the United States as a global leader in the 21st century. Scholars develop advanced level historical research, writing and critical thinking skills through active participation in discussion forums.

World Cultures: The History Of African-americans, Indigenous Peoples, And Latinx In The U.S.

Prerequisite:  The successful completion of Oklahoma History

 

World Cultures is designed for upper-classmen scholars to develop an understanding of the causes, character and experiences of African Americans, Indigenous Peoples and Latinx in the United States. Scholars will examine the influence of these groups on United States social, political and economic transformations, and will begin with a historical, geographical, social, political, economic, and cultural understanding of African, and North and South American history beginning with the 15th century. Most of the class will trace the narrative and agency of African Americans, Native Americans and Latinx from the origins of the United States through the contemporary issues and community activism of 2020. Scholars will analyze a variety of primary and secondary sources, predominantly from the perspective of the peoples this class will focus on, as well as other viewpoints. Scholars will apply skills of critical thinking, writing, reading and debate to explore history and current issues.

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