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Social Studies

Overview

ASTI's Social Studies provides students a grounding in both Modern World and United States History at the 9th/10th grade level.  Students go on to complete a semester of Economics during their 11th or 12th grade year.

A centerpiece of the social studies program is college-level research.  Students receive a grounding in the basics of research that includes:

  • Gathering of appropriate primary and secondary sources via professional databases
  • Evaluation of evidence
  • Thesis development
  • Writing conventions
  • Analysis and use of evidence to support the thesis
  • Logical conclusions
  • Annotated Bibliographic citation

Examples of Essential Questions that frame Modern World and United States History Units:

  • How can revolution create peace?
  • How do many become one?
  • How do we forge a collective identity?
  • What responsibilities come with power?
  • Why is immigration so divisive in a nation founded by immigrants?

Examples of Essential Questions that frame the Economics course:

  • What does it mean to live in a world where resources are finite?
  • How does competition affect buyers and sellers?

Students in Economics complete a long-term stock-market project that engages them in acquiring a deep understanding of how stocks work and basic strategies for investment.

Course Materials  

Modern World History Syllabus

Modern World History Text:

World History: The Modern Era.  Ellis and Esler. Prentice Hall, 2007.

United States History Syllabus

United States History Text:

The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century.  Danzer et al. McDougal Littell, 2007.

Economics Syllabus

Economics Text:

Economics: Principles and Practices.  Clayton.  Glencoe, 2001.
Humanities Seminar Syllabus

Resources

CA History-Social Science Standards

CA Common Core ELA Standards (includes standards specific to literacy in the social sciences)

SAT II: US History

SAT II: Modern World History