US History Social Studies Gifted and Talented
The course takes a chronological approach to the history of this nation to deliver the state standards in History, Geography, Civics, and Economics. Classes are assigned a textbook, but the bulk of the information will come from a combination of contemporary readings and primary sources. In addition, students will be asked to read several short stories throughout the year in conjunction with the content presented in class. Class simulations give students a hands-on experience of the topic. This we will cover more extensively at back to school night in September.
UNITED STATES HISTORY COURSE TOPICS
Unit topics are created with respect to the Delaware Recommended Curriculum for Social Studies.
The format for unit and lesson design is in line with the Parallel Curriculum for Gifted Education, a district initiative for our gifted program.
Disclaimer: The nature of gifted education is to provide a combination of acceleration and deep, meaningful extensions into course content to achieve high levels of motivation while unlocking a student’s curiosity. To that end, topics may be added or subtracted to fit time constraints or to respond to the needs of gifted students with appropriate challenges.
A helpful adjunct to this course is the website www.mrprokop.com
Students and parents can refer to this site for:
Learning resources utilized during this year will include:
Grading in the class reflects new district protocols of 70% summative vs 30% formative grading. The grade will be determined by the following components and appropriate weights:
summative assessment of the portfolio project (20%)
mean average of all student formative quizzes (30%)
mean average of all summative unit examinations (50%)