Social Studies

To meet graduation requirements, high school students must earn three units of social studies during their four years. This includes one unit of U.S.History; one unit of World History,World Geography,World Cultures or World Studies; and one unit of Citizenship or half unit of American Government and half unit of Economics.

Social Studies Faculty




Andrew DeLutio

delutiac@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7126

Courses: WORLD HISTORY, UNITED STATES HISTORY

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Matthew Engelking

engelkmb@milwaukee.k12.wi.us |

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John Gentile

jgentile2@wi.rr.com | (414) 934-7110

Courses: UNITED STATES HISTORY, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, AP UNITED STATES HISTORY, World History

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Joshua Luterbach

luterbjj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us |

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Kelsey Noack

hallke@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7155

Courses: Courses

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Michael Parkinson

parkinmp@milwaukee.k12.wi.us | (414) 934-7175

Courses: UNITED STATES HISTORY, AP EUROPEAN HISTORY



Social Studies Courses

WORLD GEOGRAPHY

Prerequisite: None (Satisfies the ''world'' requireme
Length: Year/1 unit

In geography, students will study regions of the world, with attention directed toward the cultural, physical, economic, and political characteristics of the regions. The students will investigate the relationships between people, places, and an emphasis on knowing, understanding, and respecting cultural diversity throughout the world.

WORLD HISTORY

Prerequisite: None (satisfies the ''world'' requiremen
Length: Year/1 credit
Teacher: DeLutio

World History covers Western and non-Western Civilizations from pre-historic times to the present through the study of six regions. Key historical periods will be studied including ancient, medieval, and modern. Additionally, content is selected to demonstrate peopleÍs struggle to improve themselves, their standard of living, government, and total culture.

UNITED STATES HISTORY

Teacher: Parkinson

United States History builds upon the skills, concepts and historical perspectives achieved by students in Grades 5 through 8. It is a study of the emergence of the American society and culture. This includes an examination of the establishment of this nation as a geographic and political entry, development and interplay of the nation¿s social institutions, and the approaches Americans have used to face both domestic and international problems. Since a multi-ethnic/multicultural/ non-sexist approach is used throughout this course, students will better understand and appreciate the pluralistic nature of American Society. United States History 1 emphasizes the colonial period, the American Revolution, the Constitution and the development and launching of the federal system of government, sectionalism, manifest destiny, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. United States History 2 includes the emergence of modern industrial America, the involvement of the United States on the world scene in 1898, the Progressive Era, World War 1 and the aftermath, the Great Depression of the 1930?s and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Korea and Vietnam, the Civil Rights movements, and other recent developments at home and abroad. The ultimate goal is to help the students better appreciate the role of the United States in a changing world. Current affairs are related where appropriate to important issues in United States history.

UNITED STATES HISTORY

Teacher: Gentile

United States History builds upon the skills, concepts and historical perspectives achieved by students in Grades 5 through 8. It is a study of the emergence of the American society and culture. This includes an examination of the establishment of this nation as a geographic and political entry, development and interplay of the nation¿s social institutions, and the approaches Americans have used to face both domestic and international problems. Since a multi-ethnic/multicultural/ non-sexist approach is used throughout this course, students will better understand and appreciate the pluralistic nature of American Society. United States History 1 emphasizes the colonial period, the American Revolution, the Constitution and the development and launching of the federal system of government, sectionalism, manifest destiny, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. United States History 2 includes the emergence of modern industrial America, the involvement of the United States on the world scene in 1898, the Progressive Era, World War 1 and the aftermath, the Great Depression of the 1930?s and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Korea and Vietnam, the Civil Rights movements, and other recent developments at home and abroad. The ultimate goal is to help the students better appreciate the role of the United States in a changing world. Current affairs are related where appropriate to important issues in United States history.

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

Teacher: Gentile

American Government provides an overview of government through the study of the U.S. Constitution and the federal system of government. As students come to understand the law making and modifying process, and the interpretative nature of the Constitution, they gain insight into the ability of our system to adjust to changing times. The structure (executive, legislative and judicial branches) and the relationships between the national, state, county and city governments are studied in depth. Students examine social legislation, the United States in world affairs, federal and states’ rights, and the role and function of political parties. The growth of government, the philosophy of the democratic process, and the obligations of citizens are thoroughly explored.

POST-WORLD WAR II HISTORY

Prerequisite: In AP US History/Teacher recommendation
Length: 1 semester/.50 unit

This course covers U.S. history from World War II to the present. The social, political, cultural, and economic trends in American history will be discussed in depth. Students will be able to interact with the concepts and generalizations of how history in America has played out to the present. Through this examination of our history, students will discuss whether history repeats itself and if it is possible to predict what lies ahead for the citizens of the United States of America.

UNITED STATES HISTORY

Prerequisite: Junior status (required for graduation)
Length: Year/1 unit
Teacher: DeLutio

In U.S. History students will transcend the mastery of factual knowledge, and analyze the relationships between historical events and their impact on the development of the United States. This course will include a study of U.S. History from the meeting of three worlds in the Americas-those worlds including: Native Americans, Africans, and Europeans-through World War II.

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY

Prerequisite: Junior status and teacher recommendation
Length: Year/1 unit
Teacher: Gentile

AP U.S. History is a college level course designed for motivated, college-bound students. This course is designed to challenge a student with a record of high academic achievement, emphasizing the studentÍs ability to analyze and interpret historical data. Students have the option of the taking the AP exam in May for possible college credit. This course has the same focus as U.S. History however it uses a college textbook, more in-depth readings and a greater emphasis on writing essays.

AP AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

Prerequisite: Senior status and teacher recommendation
Length: Year/1 unit

AP American Government is a course designed to challenge motivated, college-bound students with a record of academic excellence. This course will increase an understanding of the American political system, its framework, traditions, and values. It also covers the political systemÍs development over the past 200 years, and how it continues to function in the last years of the 20th century and on into the 21st century. This course carries possible college credit at the culmination of the course if the student takes and passes the AP exam offered in May.

AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

Prerequisite: Sophomore/teacher rec or Senior Statu
Length: 1 Semester/.50 unit

This course focuses on political behavior including government institutions and activities. Students study the structure (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches) and the relationships between the nation, state, county, and city governments.

ECONOMICS

Prerequisite: Senior status (required for graduation)
Length: 1 Semester/.50 unit

Students will review the structure and function of the economy - production, prices, wages, money and banking, types of businesses, profits - especially as they relate to the political process. Issues such as foreign trade, government, inflation and unemployment are also analyzed to make real life applications. Lessons are flexible to take daily stock market and world events into timely consideration.

ECONOMICS HONORS

Prerequisite: Senior status/teacher recommendation
Length: 1 Semester/.50 unit

Economics Honors will cover the same coursework as Economics, with an emphasis in more independent study and course rigor. This course is intended to meet the needs of the students with an intense interest in economics.

AP EUROPEAN HISTORY

Teacher: Parkinson

CITIZENSHIP

Courses

Courses

Teacher: Noack

World History

Teacher: Gentile
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