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High School Social Studies Curriculum

High School Social Studies Curriculum
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Most competitive colleges recommend at least two to three years of high school social studies, which generally includes history as well as courses in government or civics. Time4Learning takes the guesswork out of teaching high school social studies.  In addition to the main high school social studies courses we offer three social studies electives.  The standards-based courses use video instruction, interactive exercises, and challenging assignments to create a comprehensive and immersive learning experience.

Our high school social studies curriculum can also be customized to your specific educational goals. Whether you are looking for college-preparatory coursework for high school homeschooling, or just an interactive and engaging tutoring tool to supplement traditional school courses, Time4Learning’s offerings address your individual needs.

Teaching US History I in High School

While students receive a foundational understanding of US history during elementary and middle school, high school level coursework involves a deeper analysis of historical events, systems of government and important figures. Time4Learning’s course presents a cohesive and comprehensive overview of the history of the United States, surveying the major events and turning points of US history as it moves from the age of exploration through modern times.

In addition to core knowledge, this course focuses on building literacy skills by encouraging students to read and write in a variety of formats. They will also use primary and secondary sources to build critical thinking skills and use their conclusions to compose argumentative essays that outline their findings.

Find out more about our High School US History curriculum.

Teaching Survey of World History in High School

Another of the social studies subjects in high school that colleges look for on a transcript is World History. This year-long course examines the major events and turning points of world history from ancient times to the present. Students investigate the development of classical civilizations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and then explore the economic, political, and social revolutions that have transformed human history.

Often taken in the sophomore year, Time4Learning’s online Survey of World History course encourages students to think historically by making connections and comparisons between events and people across periods of time and geography. Our combination of experienced teachers, interactive lessons and entertaining activities provide students with the opportunity to explore different cultures and perspectives from the past and present.

Find out more about Time4Learning’s High School Survey of World History curriculum.

Teaching US History II in High School

Although not necessarily a requirement for college admission, students who opt for additional social studies credits may want to take a second year of US History instruction during high school.  US History II is a year-long course that examines the major events and turning points of US history from the Industrial Revolution through the modern age.

The course is organized both chronologically and thematically to help students better understand the context of important historical events. Each lesson begins with a thought-provoking warm-up activity to engage students and activate or build on prior knowledge. With an increased use of multimedia, the course asks students to analyze historical

artwork, political cartoons, photography, and video in the context of lesson themes. Students listen to audio clips and watch speeches by U.S. presidents and other important historical figures to build their listening and comprehension skills.

Find out more about Time4Learning’s US History II curriculum.

Teaching US Government in High School

Many colleges expect high school students to have completed a one-semester course in US Government. The goal of any US Government course is to give students a practical understanding of the principles and procedures of government. The topics covered in a high school US government course are designed to prepare students to be competent citizens who understand and are capable of participating in the political processes of the nation.

Each of Time4Learning’s high school social studies classes uses assignments and project-based lessons to encourage students to apply critical thinking skills to scenarios,

situations, and arguments.  In US Government, high schoolers will even engage in role-playing activities that allow them to apply their critical thinking skills to real-world political situations.

Find out more about Time4Learning’s US Government curriculum.

Social Studies Electives in High School

“Social studies” is actually a broad term that includes studies of history, culture, government, civics, and human interactions across time. While Time4Learning’s core offerings constitute a complete college preparatory series, we also offer social studies topics for high school students who want to branch out beyond the required coursework. Each of the three high school social studies electives available allow high schoolers to meet specific educational goals or simply explore areas of study that they are interested in.

Why Choose Time4Learning’s High School Social Studies Curriculum

Each of Time4Learning’s social studies subjects in high school engages students with direct-instruction videos featuring real, on-screen teachers who explain concepts, model strategies, provide examples, and make real-world connections. Students complete the lessons, units, and courses at their own pace, and can pause and rewind videos as needed to take notes and review concepts to ensure comprehension.

Time4Learning’s course offerings give your family the flexibility to use the program in whatever way works best for you. The four core high school social studies courses and three social studies electives can function as a comprehensive homeschool curriculum or as an engaging afterschool tool to supplement your child’s education.

Some of the benefits parents and students will receive from Time4Learning’s high school social studies curriculum include:

As a Full Curriculum
  • All high school social studies courses are organized both chronologically and thematically and include primary-source documents such as essays, speeches, and letters to give students firsthand accounts of the past.
  • Time4Learning’s automated system grades lessons, tracks progress and keeps reports which can be used for homeschool portfolios and high school transcripts.
  • All social studies curriculum is college preparatory and aligns with state and national standards.
  • Each reading assignment utilizes the CloseReader™, which provides text mark-up tools, language support, word look-up, embedded comprehension questions, and more.
  • Lessons can be reviewed as many times as necessary to achieve mastery.
As a Supplement
  • Requires no lesson planning or grading; families can sign up and begin using the courses the same day.
  • Course material is taught using a combination of multimedia lessons, instructional videos, quizzes, tests and both online and offline projects–helpful for students with different learning styles.
  • Parents have the flexibility to follow the suggested course sequence or tailor the courses based on their teen’s needs.
  • The student dashboard contains all course information at a glance including all the units, topics, lessons, and activities–making it easy for students to navigate to the subjects they want to focus on.
  • Students with different learning needs will enjoy the closed-captioning included in our video lessons.
  • Students can begin at any time and progress at their own pace.

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