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Humanities Department Head
Stratford High School
Secondary Social Studies
Secondary students are required to take three years of social studies, including civics, with the option of taking additional elective classes in psychology, sociology, American economy, and foreign policy. The social studies courses assist students in the development of their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills in one-to-one and group situations in the classroom. Students are encouraged to read, analyze, and connect historical information/primary sources to current world and American issues.
The major emphasis when dealing with history is on the student's ability to master the common core standards as well as 21st Century Skills. There is an emphasis on reading and analyzing non-fiction text through inquiry-based lessons rather than factual memorization. Also, students are instructed on how to write/react to an argumentative text and to do research using a variety of print (primary source), digital, and visual media.
Courses are designed around AP, Honors, Level 1, Level 2, and non-leveled. Reading courses/tutoring are also offered to those students who need to improve skills in reading, fluency, and reading comprehension in grades 9-12.
Knowledge of rights and responsibilities in a democracy.
Knowledge of legal and governmental processes.
Knowledge of international relations.
Knowledge of political systems and ecosystems.
Understanding of space, immigration, and economics.
Knowledge of trade interdependence.
Understanding of local, regional, and U.S. History.
Use of geographic tools and technology.
Understanding of physical and cultural character.
Use of chronological and historical thinking.