BVSW Social Studies, 9th Grade Presentation

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BVSW Social Studies, 9th Grade Presentation

  1. 1. Freshmen Social Studies Options<br />Blue Valley Southwest<br />2011/2012<br />
  2. 2. Freshmen Social Studies Requirements<br />There are no Freshmen social studies requirements ……<br /> BUT……<br />Freshman year would be a great time to take the 1 semester Social Studies elective that will be required for graduation.<br />We have a few suggestions!<br />
  3. 3. Area Studies - Asia<br />
  4. 4. Asia<br />Emphasis is placed on the development of the unique histories and cultures of China, India, and Japan. Students learn about current global and geographical issues that emerge from this region. Asia’s importance in global economics and politics will be a key focus. Students will also build on social studies skills to create a foundation for future high school success.<br />
  5. 5. Due to popular demand……<br />We will also be offering –<br /> Middle East Studies<br /> during the <br /> 2011 – 2012 school year. <br />
  6. 6. Area Studies – Middle East<br />
  7. 7. Middle East<br />This course is a regional study of the geography, history, economic, political, and current issues involving the Middle East. The Middle East as defined in the class will not only include the core nations of the region (Jordan, Israel, Iraq, etc.) but also other Muslim nations in the area. Students will examine the unique geography and culture of this area as well as current events .<br />
  8. 8. Area Studies is a great place to build your Social Studies Skills!!!<br />Learn geography<br />Appreciate global issues<br />Strengthen Research skills<br />Understand other cultures<br />Prepare yourself for upper level Social Studies classes<br />
  9. 9. Contemporary Issues<br />“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” – President John F. Kennedy, 1961<br />
  10. 10. Citizenship/ Government<br />What are my duties and responsibilities?<br />What are my rights?<br />American Values<br />Justice<br />Liberty<br />Equality<br />Types of Government<br />Three Branches<br />Political parties<br />
  11. 11. Economics/Geography<br />Fundamental Economic Concepts<br />Supply and Demand<br />Communism versus Capitalism<br />Outsourcing<br />Scarcity<br />Personal Finance<br />Credit Cards<br />Saving / Investing<br />How do geographic factors impact economic and political decisions?<br />
  12. 12. Why take Contemporary Issues?<br />To gain a better understanding of how current events and contemporary issues affect the world YOU live in.<br />Learn how to interpret information the media provides YOU.<br />Better understand the economy and government YOU participate in. <br />To prepare YOU for future Social Studies classes.<br />
  13. 13. What are the Social Studies Requirements at BVSW?<br />Sophomore – Either History of the Western World OR AP European History<br />Junior- US History OR AP US History<br />Senior – Am. Govt. OR AP US Govt. and Politics <br />And a one semester Soc. St. elective taken anytime - 9 -12<br />
  14. 14. QUESTIONS?<br />Contact Mike Ortmann at-<br />mfortmann@bluevalleyk12.org<br />Or go to the BVSW website - enrollment<br />

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