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Social Studies

Michael Elliott

Secondary Social Studies and World Languages Instructional Supervisor

Lynn Strang

Elementary Humanities Instructional Supervisor

Social Studies is intended to promote civic competence through integrated study of the social sciences and humanities. Within the school program, Social Studies provides coordinated, systematic study that draws upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, belief systems and sociology, as well upon appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics and natural sciences. The primary purpose of Social Studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.

Grade 6 Social Studies is an exploration of history in the eastern hemisphere with a focus on geography, interactions and enduring issues.  

Units of Study include:

  • Unit 1: Norms, Enduring Issues, sixth grade skills
  • Unit 2: Present-Day Eastern Hemisphere Geography
  • Unit 3: The First Humans through the Neolithic Revolution
  • Unit 4: Early River Civilizations
  • Unit 5: Comparative World Religions
  • Unit 6: Comparative Classical Civilizations
  • Unit 7: Mediterranean World: Feudal Western Europe
  • Unit 8: Interactions Across the Eastern Hemisphere
     

Grade 7 Social Studies is a chronological study of American History and Geography that traces the human experience from pre-Columbian times until the Civil War with a focus on people, events and social, political and economic trends, including New York State when applicable.

Units of Study include:

  • Unit 1: Native Americans
  • Unit 2: Colonial Developments
  • Unit 3: American Independence
  • Unit 4: Historical Development of the Constitution
  • Unit 5: The Constitution in Practice
  • Unit 6: Westward Expansion
  • Unit 7: Reform Movements
  • Unit 8: A Nation Divided
     

Grade 8 Social Studies is a chronological study of American History and Geography that traces the human experience from Reconstruction to the end of World War II with a focus on people, events and social, political and economic trends, including New York State when applicable.

Units of Study include:

  • Unit 1: Reconstruction
  • Unit 2: Immigration and Industrialization
  • Unit 3: Progressive Era
  • Unit 4: Expansion and Imperialism
  • Unit 5: World War I and the Roaring Twenties
  • Unit 6: The Great Depression
  • Unit 7: World War II
  • Unit 8a: Demographic Change
  • Unit 8b: Domestic Politics and Reform
  • Unit 9: The Cold War (Foreign Policy)
     

High school Social Studies classes include the following. For a full list of what's offered at Albany High, please review our course offerings book.


World History I

This course challenges students to explore World History by introducing them to the practices of historians such as gathering, interpreting and using evidence, chronological reasoning and causation, comparing and contextualizing, geographic reasoning, evaluating economic systems and civic participation. 


World History II

This course continues to challenge students to explore World History by re-enforcing the practices of historians such as gathering, interpreting and using evidence, chronological reasoning and causation, comparing and contextualizing, geographic reasoning, evaluating economic systems and civic participation.  This course culminates in the Regents Exam in Global History and Geography II which is a graduation requirement.


World Experiences

This is a co-taught Social Studies and English course that requires a two- period block of time and offers successful students 1 credit each for World History II and English 10.  This interdisciplinary course centers on the cooperative discovery of history and literature throughout the world from the 18th century to present global issues.  It is designed to help students establish connections between the political ideas, movements and events that have shaped the world and the literary movements that have created global cultures.  This course culminates in the Regents Exam in Global History and Geography II and is designed to prepare students for the English Regents at the end of 11th Grade.


U.S.  History

This course challenges students to explore United States history through a chronologically organized study of seven major eras: constitutional foundations, industrialization of the U.S., progressive responses to industrialization, prosperity and depression, the U.S. in the age of global crisis, a world in uncertain times (1950-1980) and 1980-present.  This course culminates in the Regents Exam in United States History and Government which is a graduation requirement. 


The American Experience

This is a co-taught Social Studies and English course that requires a two- period block of time and offers successful students 1 credit each for U.S. History and English 11.  This interdisciplinary course centers on the cooperative discovery of history and literature of the United States.  It is designed to help students establish connections between the political ideas, movements and events that shaped our country and the artistic movements that have created our culture.  This course culminates in two regents exams; the Regents Exam in United States History and Government and the Regents Exam in English Language Arts, both of which are graduation requirements.


Participation in Government/Economics

These are required courses for graduation that offer combined units of study to enhance student participation and prepare them to be civically engaged citizens after graduation.  Students will focus on analyzing, monitoring and discussing political and economic issues to gain the knowledge and skills that will empower them to function as informed, economically literate and civically engaged citizens in our global society.  This course culminates in a Capstone Project that incorporates the skills and concepts taught throughout the year.