• Social Sciences & Global Studies Curriculum

     

Elementary

Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten Social Studies

    Full description in the Program of Studies

    Textbook: Our World: Our Community (Five Ponds)

    How can I be a good citizen?

    SOLs: K.10a-g, K.1i

    How can I contribute to my community?

    SOLs: K.10a-g, K.11a-c, K.1a

    Where am I?

    SOLs: K.4, K.5, K.6, K.1b

    How do different communities celebrate?

    SOLs: K.11d, K.1g

    How can I plan a visit for someone to my community?

    SOLs: K.7, K.1d, K.1h

    Why does history matter to me?

    SOLs: K.3, K.2, K.1g, K.1c, K.1j

    Why do people have jobs?

    SOLs: K.8, K.9, K.1c, K.1d, K.1e, K.1f

1st Grade

  • 1st Grade Social Studies

    Full description in the Program of Studies

    Textbook: Our World: Our State Virginia (Five Ponds)

    How can I be a good citizen?

    SOLs: 1.10a-f, 1.11, 1.1i-j

    Where am I?

    SOLs: 1.5b, 1.5e, 1.1b

    How can I contribute to my community?

    SOLs: 1.1i-j, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13b-c

    How do different communities celebrate?

    SOLs: 1.13c, 1.1c

    How does the geography of Virginia affect people's lives? 

    SOLs: 1.5a-e, 1.6, 1.1b, 1.1e

    How can the history of Virginia help us understand Virginia today?

    SOLs: 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.13, 1.1e, 1.1f, 1.1g

    How do producers and consumers help my community?

    SOLs: 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.1d, 1.1h

2nd Grade

  • 2nd Grade Social Studies

    Full description in the Program of Studies

    Textbook: Our World: Our United States (Five Ponds)

    What are my rights and responsibilities as a citizen?

    SOLs: 2.11, 2.12, 2.1i

    Why do we celebrate holidays and honor symbols?

    SOLs: 2.5, 2.13, 2.1g

    How do people get what they need?

    SOLs: 2.8, 2.9, 2.10, 2.1h

    How can I use geography to learn about space and place?

    SOLs: 2.6, 2.1b

    Why is it important to learn about Native Americans?

    SOLs: 2.3, 2.7, 2.1a, 2,1b, 2.1 e

    Why do we remember famous Americans?

    SOLs: 2.4, 2.5, 2.1f, 2.1j

    How has innovation changed the way we live?

    SOLs: 2.2, 2.1c, 2.1d

3rd Grade

  • 3rd Grade Social Studies

    Full description in the Program of Studies

    Textbook: Our World: Ancient World Cultures (Five Ponds)

    How can we, as good citizens, contribute to our community?

    SOLs: 3.11, 3.12, 3.13, 3.1i

    What does it mean for me to be a citizen of the world?

    SOLs: 3.6, 3.b, 3.1e

    How can citizens work together in the world community?

    SOLs: 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.1d, 3.1f

    How did the society of Mali contribute to the world?

    SOLs: 3.4, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1c, 3.1g, 3.1j

    How did the society of ancient Rome contribute to the world?

    SOLs: 3.3, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1c, 3.1g, 3.1j

    How did the society of ancient Greece contribute to the world?

    SOLs: 3.3, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1c, 3.1g, 3.1j

    How did the society of ancient China contribute to the world?

    SOLs: 3.2, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1c, 3.1g, 3.1j

    How did the society of ancient Egypt contribute to the world?

    SOLs: 3.2, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 3.1a, 3.1b, 3.1c, 3.1g, 3.1j

    How can learning world history help me to be a contributor to the world?

    SOLs: 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.1h

4th Grade

  • 4th Grade Social Studies

    Full description in the Program of Studies

    Textbook: Our Virginia: Past & Present 3rd ed. (Five Ponds)

    What is the relationship between people and the land?

    SOLs: VS.2a-g, VS.1a-b

    How were Africans and Europeans connected to the story of Virginia?

    SOLs: VS.3e, VS.1d-e

    How did Europeans, Africans, and Indigenous people impact Virginia’s story?

    SOLs: VS.3a-g, VS.1a,d,h

    How did Virginia continue to grow and develop?

    SOLs: VS.4a-e, VS.1d-e

    What was Virginia’s role in the American Revolution?

    SOLs: VS.5a-d, VS.1a,d,f

    What was Virginia’s role in the establishment of the new American nation?

    SOLs: VS.6a-b, VS.1a,g

    What was Virginia’s role in the Civil War, and how did it impact Virginia and its people? 

    SOLs: VS.6c, VS.7a-c, VS.1f,j

    How did Virginia and its people continue to change after the Civil War? (1860s-1920s)

    SOLs: VS.8a-c, VS.9a, VS.1c,d,f

    How did the lives of Virginians change in the 20th Century?

    SOLs: VS.9b-d, VS.1c,d,j

    What is the story of Virginia today? 

    SOLs: VS.10a-c, VS.1a,g

5th Grade

  • 5th Grade Social Studies

    Full description in the Program of Studies

    Textbook: My World Interactive: United States Regions (Pearson's Grade 4)

    Course Overview:

    What are the Five Themes of Geography?

    What are the tools of geography?

    How can we use geography to help us understand our country?

    Using my geography skills, how can I showcase what makes our United States unique and connected? (Southeast)

    Using my geography skills, how can I showcase what makes our United States unique and connected? 

    (Northeast, Southwest, Midwest, West)


      Middle School

      6th Grade

      • United States History I to 1865

        Full description in the Program of Studies

        Textbook: 2018 US History Beginnings to 1865 Student text (Savvas)

        Intro to the Course

        Indigenous Tribes in the Americas

        DQ: Why is it important to learn about Indigenous People?

        European Exploration & Colonization

        DQ: How should we remember the Age of Exploration?

        Colonial America

        DQ: How did different people experience life in Colonial America?

        American Revolution

        DQ: How revolutionary was the Revolutionary War?

        New Nation

        DQ: How did the Founders shape the new nation?

        Expansion & Resistance

        DQ: What were the consequences of Westward Expansion?

        Era of Reform

        DQ: How did reformers work to improve the lives of Americans?

        Civil War

        DQ: How did the Civil War change the United States?

      7th Grade

      • United States History II: 1865 to the Present

        Full description in the Program of Studies

        Textbook: 2018 United States History: Civil War to the Present Student text + digital (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

        US History II Standards of Learning & Curriculum Framework

        Course Overview:

        Intro to the Course

        Reconstruction & Racial Segregation

        DQ: What does it mean to be free?

        Expansion & Resistance

        DQ: What is the legacy of Westward Expansion?

        Industrialization & Immigration

        DQ: Is industrialization always a good thing?

        Progressive Era

        DQ: How did the Progressives impact the lives of Americans?

        Imperialism & WWI 

        DQ: How did the United States become an imperial power? 

        Imperialism & WWI 

        DQ: How did the United States become an imperial power? 

        Interwar Period

        DQ: How did the lives of Americans change after WWI?

        WWII

        DQ: How did WWII impact the lives of Americans?

        Cold War

        DQ: How did the Cold War transform the United States and the World?

        Civil Rights

        DQ: How has the Civil Rights Movement continued to create change for Americans?

        Modern America

        DQ: How has our history impacted America today?

         

      8th Grade

      • United States History I to 1865

        Full description in the Program of Studies

        Textbook: Building Citizenship, Civics, and Economics Student text (McGraw Hill)

        Foundations of Government

        DQ: Why do the principles of U.S. Government matter today?

        Citizenship

        DQ: What does it mean to be a citizen of the U.S.?

        Elections 

        DQ: Why do elections matter?

        National Government

        DQ: What are the structure and powers of the U.S. Government?

        State & Local Government

        DQ: Which level of government impacts your life the most? Why?

        Public Policy

        DQ: How can you use your knowledge of government to influence public policy?

        The Court System

        DQ: How does the U.S. Court System work?

        Intro to Economics

        DQ: How does economics show up in your world?

        The U.S. Economy 

        DQ: What role does the government play in the U.S. economy?

        Career Planning & Fiscal Responsibility

        DQ: How can you plan for your fiscal future?


          High School

          • World History/Geography to 1500

            World History/ Geography to 1500

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 9th

            Textbook: World History: Great Civilizations: Ancient Through Early Modern Times (Cengage)

            Unit 1: Human Origins

            DQ: How do we know about the past without written evidence?

            Unit 2: Early River Valley Civilizations

            DQ: What makes a group of people a civilization? 

            Unit 3: Classical Asia

            DQ: How can a society grow and continue to maintain order?

            Unit 4: Ancient Greece

            DQ: How can geography impact the development of a civilization?

            Unit 5: Ancient Rome

            DQ: What leads to the rise and fall of an empire?

            Unit 6: Byzantine & Russia

            DQ: How can political and cultural achievements have a lasting impact on the world?

            Unit 7: Islamic Empire

            DQ: How can cultural achievements have a lasting impact on the world?

            Unit 8: Regional Interactions

            DQ: How can interactions shape societies?

            Unit 9: American Empires

            DQ: How can societies adapt to their environment?

            Unit 10: Medieval Europe & Renaissance

            DQ: What leads to the transformation of a region?

          • Intro to AP World History/Geography to 1500

            Intro to AP World History/Geography to 1500

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 9th

            Textbook: World History: Great Civilizations: Ancient Through Early Modern Times (Cengage)

            Unit 1: Human Origins

            DQ: How do we know about the past without written evidence?

            Unit 2: Early River Valley Civilizations

            DQ: What makes a group of people a civilization? 

            Unit 3: Classical Asia

            DQ: How can a society grow and continue to maintain order?

            Unit 4: Ancient Greece

            DQ: How can geography impact the development of a civilization?

            Unit 5: Ancient Rome

            DQ: What leads to the rise and fall of an empire?

            Unit 6: Byzantine & Russia

            DQ: How can political and cultural achievements have a lasting impact on the world?

            Unit 7: Islamic Empire

            DQ: How can cultural achievements have a lasting impact on the world?

            Unit 8: Regional Interactions

            DQ: How can interactions shape societies?

            Unit 9: American Empires

            DQ: How can societies adapt to their environment?

            Unit 10: Medieval Europe & Renaissance

            DQ: What leads to the transformation of a region?

          • World Geography

            World Geography

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 9th, 10th

            Textbook: World Cultures and Geography (Cengage)

            World Geography Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework

             

          • World Geography

            World Geography

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 9th, 10th

            Textbook: World Cultures and Geography (Cengage)

            World Geography Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework

             

          • World History/Geography 1500 to the Present

            World History/Geography 1500 to the Present

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Textbook: World History and Geography Modern Times (McGraw Hill)

            10th Grade Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework

            Course Overview:

            Unit 1: The World in 1500 CE

            DQ: What can shift the balance of power?

            Unit 2: Emergence of Global Powers

            DQ: How can global interactions shape the world?

            Unit 3: An Era of Change

            DQ: How do new ideas influence people’s views of the world?

            Unit 4: Political Revolutions

            DQ: Who benefits from revolutions?

            Unit 5: Industrial Revolution

            DQ: Do new developments always lead to forward progress?

            Unit 6: Imperialism

            DQ: What is the legacy of imperialism?

            Unit 7: WWI to WWII

            DQ: How can war change the world? 

            Unit 8: Cold War

            DQ: How do historical conflicts continue to impact the world today?

            Unit 9: Decolonization & Independence Movements

            DQ: What does it mean to be independent?

            Unit 10: Contemporary World

            DQ: Is globalization good for our world?

          • AP World History: Modern

            AP World History: Modern

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 10th

            Textbook: Traditions and Encounters (McGraw Hill)

            AP World History: Modern Course and Exam Description

             

          • United States and Virginia History

            United States and Virginia History

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Textbook: Virginia and United States History (Pearson)

            11th Grade Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework

            Course Overview:

            Unit 1: Colonization

            DQ: Who tells our story?

            Unit 2: Revolution

            DQ: When is revolution the right choice?

            Unit 3: New Nation

            DQ: Does the U.S. Government represent all the people?

            Unit 4: Expansion & Resistance

            DQ: What is the legacy of U.S. expansion?

            Unit 5: Civil War & Reconstruction

            DQ: Can a divided nation ever fully reunify?

            Unit 6:Industrialization & Immigration

            DQ: How can social progress be achieved?

            Unit 7: U.S. Imperialism & WWI

            DQ: Is being a global power something to strive for?

            Unit 8: Great Depression & WWII

            DQ: How can war impact society?

            Unit 9: Cold War & Civil Rights

            DQ: What does it mean to be free?

            Unit 10: Twenty-First Century America

            DQ: How does history impact our lives today?

          • AP United States History

            AP United States History

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Textbook: Give Me Liberty (WW Norton)

            Grade(s): 11th

            AP United States History Course and Exam Description

          • United States History Dual Enrollment

            United States History Dual Enrollment

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Textbook: Give Me Liberty (WW Norton)

            Grade(s): 11th

            Syllabus provided by individual teacher

          • United States/Virginia Government

            United States/Virginia Government

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Textbook: United States Government: Our Democracy Virginia (McGraw Hill)

            Grade(s): 12th

            12th Grade Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework

            Course Overview:

            Unit 1: Roots of Democracy & Constitution

            DQ: Why does democracy matter?

            Unit 2: Political Ideology, Political Parties, Campaigns & Elections

            DQ: How can you affect change in government?

            Unit 3: Levels of Government

            DQ: What level of government best serves your interests?

            Unit 4: Executive Branch

            DQ: How much power should the President have?

            Unit 5: Legislative Branch

            DQ: To what degree does the Legislative Branch represent the people?

            Unit 6: Judicial Branch

            DQ: What is the purpose of the Judicial Branch?

            Unit 7: Civil Rights & Liberties

            DQ: What role does the government play in civil rights and liberties?

            Unit 8: Policy Making

            DQ: How can you impact public policy?

          • United States/Virginia Government Dual Enrollment

            United States/Virginia Government Dual Enrollment

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Textbook: American Government: Stories of a Nation (Bedford, Freeman & Worth)

            Grade(s): 12th

            Syllabus provided by individual teacher

          • Combination AP United States Government and AP Comparative Government

            Combination AP United States Government and AP Comparative Government

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Textbook: American Government: Stories of a Nation (Bedford, Freeman & Worth) and Essentials of Comparative Politics with Cases, 6th AP Edition (WW Norton)

            Grade(s): 12th

          • AP Human Geography

            AP Human Geography

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 10th, 11th, 12th

            Textbook: Mastering Geography the Cultural Landscape (Pearson)

            AP Human Geography Course and Exam Description

          • Economics

            Economics

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 10th, 11th, 12th

            Textbook: Understanding Economics (McGraw Hill)

            Course Overview:

            Introduction to Economics

            DQ: What is economics?

            Foundation in Economics

            DQ: What is a free market economy?

            Types of Economies

            DQ: How are market, mixed, command, and traditional economies similar and different?

            Growth in Economies

            DQ: How should growth in an economy be handled and measured?

          • Combination AP Microeconomics & AP Macroeconomics

            Combination AP Microeconomics & AP Macroeconomics

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 11th, 12th

            Textbook: Principles of Economics (Cengage)

            AP Microeconomics Course and Exam Description

            AP Macroeconomics Course and Exam Description

          • Survey of African History (Honors)

            Survey of African History (Honors)

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 11th, 12th

            Textbook: History of Africa (BFW)

          • Survey of Latin American History (Honors)

            Survey of Latin American History (Honors)

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 11th, 12th

            Textbook: Born in Blood and Fore: A Concise History of Latin America (WW Norton)

          • African American History Honors (blended and virtual)

            African American History Honors (blended and virtual)

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 10th, 11th, 12th

            VDOE State-Developed Course Map & Resources

          • AP Psychology

            AP Psychology

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 11th, 12th

            Textbook: Myer's Psychology for the AP Course (Beford, Freeman & Worth)

            AP Psychology Course and Exam Description

          • Psychology Seminar

            Psychology Seminar

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 11th, 12th

            Textbook: Understanding Psychology (McGraw Hill)

          • Global Social Issues

            Global Social Issues

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 11th, 12th

            Textbook: Choices Program (Brown University)

          • Modern International Relations

            Modern International Relations

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 11th, 12th

            Textbook: Choices Program (Brown University)

          • World of Ideas

            World of Ideas

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 11th, 12th

            Textbook: Introducing Philosophy through Popular Culture (Wiley)

          • World Religions

            World Religions

            Full description in the Program of Studies

            Grade(s): 11th, 12th


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