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         Students in this class learn general social studies skills (e.g. reading maps) and units of study related to the United States: Geography, History, Government, and Culture. The following are some of the topics and what we learn in this class:


    World and U.S. Geography – We study physical and political geography to understand where we come from and where we live today. We also try to understand its impact on the way Americans live.


    Types of Government – What are the different types of government in the world? What does it mean to have a “democratic” form of government? How does a democracy work? What rights and responsibilities do citizens have in a democracy?


    Election Process in the United States – We explore all the people who represent us in our government from White Plains to the White House. How are they elected? What is the process of of national, state and local elections?


    Governance in the United States - We learn about the Constitution and the powers and responsibilities of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government that it provides. We also look at the limits to their power.


    History – Why do we speak English in this country, but in Mexico, the dominant language is Spanish, and in Haiti the language is French/Haitian-Creole? This is one question we answer by learning about the history of the American colonies and the American Revolution. We also explore how the country expanded from 13 colonies to 50 states, and how the country became a world power.


    Contributions of Immigrants – The United States is called a “Nation of Immigrants”. Why? We begin to understand the role immigrants play in the history of the United States.


    Holidays – We learn why certain national holidays (e.g. Independence Day) are observed in the United States. We also discover how these special days are observed.



    Students will learn different skills to learn about these topics. Some of the skills are:


                Using Maps, Primary Sources, and Timelines

                Interpreting Graphs and Charts

                Understanding Political Cartoons

    Understanding Cause and Effect

    Answering Multiple Choice questions


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Last Modified on September 17, 2014