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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (NCAA)
This is a
course taken during your junior year. The course includes the study of such topics as
elections, voting, the Presidency, the Congress, the Supreme Court, Iowa State government, and local
governments. Current events and day-to-day changes that occur in our world are discussed. Students are
expected to complete a financial literacy unit to satisfy core curriculum requirements. Students are encouraged to
express opinions on current problems in the nation and the world.
AMERICAN HISTORY (NCAA)
course is the study of America’s past starting with the Revolutionary War period and moving up to
the present. Students will examine the movement west by the American people. The main emphasis will be on
modern America throughout the 18
centuries. Students will study the nation’s growth into a world
power, the struggles through economic depressions and the development of a democratic republic. The political
institutions and social groups that helped to shape this nation will be investigated. Most importantly, methods and
materials used will help students develop skills, attitudes and an understanding necessary to be effective America
citizens. Students are responsible for successful completion of all daily work and tests. Students may also
produce authentic work through group presentations and individual research projects.
CITIZENS & THE CONSTITUTION
This class is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitutional democracy.
Topics covered include philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system, creation of the
Constitution, how the Constitution has been changed to further the ideals contained in the Declaration of
Independence, how values and principles embodied in the Constitution have shaped American institutions and
practices, rights protected by the Bill of Rights, and challenges facing American constitutional democracy in the
twenty-first century. The culminating activity is a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify”
before a panel of judges acting as members of Congress. Students demonstrate their knowledge and
understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on
relevant historical and contemporary issues.
COLLEGE WESTERN CIV. ANCIENT-MOD - HIS110 (NCAA)
(Purchase of Textbook Required)
1 LCHS, 3 WITCC
This course covers the development of civilizations in the western world. This is a college course, and college-
level work will be expected. This course includes the study of the Stone Age, Egyptian, Greek, and, Roman
civilizations, medieval European society, and the rise of Christianity and national governments in Europe.
Students will participate in class discussion, note-taking, and will be expected to read the text thoroughly on their
own. Student will take multiple-choice quizzes, complete review questions, and take an essay tests over each
chapter. The course also requires the completion of 3 research papers over focused topics.