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AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (NCAA)

Course Length:

1 Semester

Credits:

1

Grade Level:

11

This is a

required

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 Length:

1 Year

Credits:

2

Grade Level:

10

This

required

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

th

, 19

th

and 20

th

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

Course Length:

1 Semester

Credits:

1

Grade Level:

11, 12

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)

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT

(Purchase of Textbook Required)

Course Length:

1 Semester

Credits:

1 LCHS, 3 WITCC

Grade Level:

11, 12

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.