Le Mars Community High School

P a g e | 45 SOCIAL STUDIES (6 Credits Required) ADV. AMERICAN GOV. (NCAA) Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 Elective/Required: Required Option Prerequisite: American Government Grade Level: 11, 12 This is an elective for students willing to explore in-depth issues covered in the required American Government course. Students will research and discuss both current event topics and the traditional government topics. It is strongly recommended that students have achieved a C or higher in American Government and be prepared to experience an upper-level, rigorous academic workload in Advanced American Government. An additional educational opportunity includes a day-trip to the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines to observe government in action and to meet with state political leaders from all branches of government. 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 Elective/Required: Required Option 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.