In addition to the weekly topics outlined below, special emphasis is given throughout the social studies experience to current events and human rights issues. This attention is vital not only as an aid to students’ content learning, but as a tool that fosters their reasoning and citizenship skills, enhances their character development, and enables them to become productive citizens in a democratic society.
|1) Olmec – The Olmec Civilization and its location, means of travel, dwellings, food production, art and religion, writing, counting, and calendar are discussed. Interactive assignments require the students to identify important facts.
2) Phoenicians – Students learn about the Phoenician Civilization and its location, role of city-states, identification of important cities, influence of Egyptian trade, trade routes, culture in terms of clothing and hieroglyphics, manufacturing, navigation and seafaring, and the development of an alphabet and its basis for our current alphabet.
3) Shang/Zhou Dynasty – Teaches students about the Shang and Zhou Dynasties. Students are asked to point out the location of these dynasties on a map, describe the use of bronze and the creation of silk textiles, explain their use of a sophisticated writing system, explain the roles of art and religion, identify the various rulers and influential people, describe the period known as China’s Golden Age, explain the Confucian Philosophy, Lao-tsu and Daoism.
4) Nubian Kingdom –The Nubian Civilization is taught through lessons on its location, important cities, conflicts with other nations, similar surrounding cultures, and natural resources.
5) Ancient Greece – Students learn about Ancient Greece through lessons that require them to locate the Ancient Greek civilization’s location on a map, explain their city-states, define tyrants, describe the roles of the Greek gods and goddesses, describe the Greek alphabet and how it was developed, explain the contributions of the Greek scholars, and define the role that art, architecture, music, athletics, drama, and literature played in the development of Greek culture.
6) U.S. Politics 1801-1840 – Students learn about the early presidents and politics of the United States during the period of 1801-1840. Assignments require students to describe the life of Thomas Jefferson, the importance of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Zebulon Pike Expedition, the presidency of James Madison, the events that led to the War of 1812 and the battles of that war, the presidency of James Monroe, the Missouri Compromise, the presidency of Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act, the Trail of Tears, and the Seminole Wars.
7) U.S. History 1820-1850 – Teaches the students an overview of the history of the states by examining the influence of Westward Expansion, the means of travel, the Santa Fe Trail, the Texas War for Independence, the Battle of the Alamo and the important men who fought there, The Oregon Trail, the Mormons migration West, the Mexican –American war, and the California Gold Rush.
8) U.S. Economy in the mid-1800s – Students learn about the differences in the economies of the north and the south through exploration of industrial development. Lessons include the invention of rubber, the sewing machine, the telegraph, whaling, clipper and trade ships, the reaper, the railroad expansion, growing cotton in the south, slavery and the fight to free them, women who made a difference, and reformers for schools, prisons, and mental hospitals.
9) Leading to American Civil War – The events that led to the Civil War are examined and students are asked to summarize the Compromise of 1850, the effect Harriet Beecher Stowe had on the slavery debate, The Dred Scott decision and the formation of the Republican Party, the Raid at Harper’s Ferry, John Brown, and the outbreak of the Civil War.
10) The American Civil War – Teaches about the Civil War through a comparison of the Blue and the Grey and the Yankees and the Rebels. Lessons require the student to explain the differences between each side as the war began, describe the Battle of Bull Run and the battles at sea, explain the fight for control of the Mississippi River, describe the Peninsular Campaign and the Second Bull Run, describe the effect the Emancipation Proclamation had on African Americans, describe General Sherman’s march to the sea and explain why he did this, depict the events that led up to the surrender at Appomattox and the costs of the Civil War.
- One of the goals of this class will be to build upon the curiosity and enthusiasm that characterizes these students as learners.
- This class will also promote the students’ ability to think critically and creatively, including their ability to solve authentic, complex, non-standard, cross- disciplinary problems.
- This class will provide opportunities for students to develop the intellectual, technological, social and participatory skills needed to excel in society so that they may become effective global citizens in an interdependent world.
About the Teacher:
Dr. Andrew is a Doctorate in Education graduate from Walden University with a concentration in Special Education. He has worked in the field of Education for the past twenty years, beginning with the working with the Autism program in the Hillsborough School District in Hillsborough, NJ in 2001. He obtained his Certification in Elementary Education in 2003. He then taught Elementary School classrooms for the next three years from 2003 to 2005. While teaching Elementary School, he obtained his master’s degree in education with a concentration in Special Education and Assistive Technology from St. Elizabeth University in Morristown, NJ in 2005. He then taught Middle School for the next three years from 2005 to 2008, and then taught High School from 2008 to 2011. After teaching in public school, he began teaching at the College level, specifically Community Colleges between the years of 2011 to 2017. After 2017, he began working in the Field of Special Education as a teacher, and Educational Advocate.