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Offered: Grade 12
Credit: 0.5
Length: Semester
Prerequisite: “B” or higher American History Honors or Teacher Recommendation
Type of Credit: Required for Graduation

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of American government and political behavior. Content will include an evaluation of those documents which shape our political traditions (the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the bill of Rights); the roles and changing nature of political parties and interest groups; the changing nature of citizen rights and responsibilities in a democratic state; and the importance of civic participation in the democratic political process.

Honors courses offer scaffolded learning opportunities for students to develop the critical skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in a more rigorous and reflective academic setting. Students are empowered to perform at higher levels as they engage in the following: analyzing documents and supplementary readings, working in the context of thematically categorized information, becoming proficient in note-taking, participating in Socratic seminars/discussions, emphasizing free-response and document-based writing, contrasting opposing viewpoints, solving problems, etc. Students will develop and demonstrate their skills through participation in a capstone and/or extended research-based paper/project (e.g. Social Studies fair, participatory citizenship project, projects for competitive evaluation, investment portfolio contests, or other teacher-directed projects).