High School Equivalency Exam Prep – Social Studies

High School Equivalency Exam Prep - Social Studies

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Course Overview

This course places emphasis on applying reasoning skills in social studies to content drawn from four areas: Civics and Government, United States History, Economics, and Geography and the World. This includes textual analysis and understanding, skills in data representation and inference, and solving problems in the context of social studies. Areas covered include the following:
  • The foundations of the United States Government
  • The Constitution
  • Checks and balances
  • The Bill of Rights and Amendments
  • Political participation and parties
  • How elections work, and the influence of mass media
  • Historical foundations and nationalism
  • Reformation, and the Union in Peril
  • The First World War
  • World War II
  • Post-War America and Civil Rights
  • Contemporary Issues: 1945 to the Present
  • Basics of Personal Finance
  • Basics of Geography
This Social Studies course is to help prepare students to take the GED, HiSet, or TASC exam.
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Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 – Foundations of Government This unit covers unlimited and limited governments, Hobbes and Locke, Rousseau an Montesquieu, English documents that shaped the U.S. Constitution, and an overview and breakdown of the Declaration of Independence. Unit 2 – Overview of the Constitution This unit discusses why we study the Constitution, the major principals of the Constitution, Article 1 – Legislative Branch, Article 2 – Executive Branch, Article 3 – Judicial Branch, Article 4 – Relations Among the States, and Article 5 – Amendment Process. Unit 3 – Checks and Balances This unit covers the branches of our government, how a bill becomes a law, the impeachment process, the electoral college, leadership positions in congress, presidential succession, an overview of federalism, the Supremacy clause in Article 6, and the structure of State and Local Governments. Unit 4 – Bill of Rights and Amendments This unit presents an overview of the Bill of Rights, then takes a closer look at the Bill of Rights 1 through 10, and the First and Fourth Amendments. Unit 5 – Political Participation and Political Parties This unit discusses choosing your political bias, political responsibilities and participation, expansion of voters' rights, and the purpose and functions of political parties. Unit 6 – Process of Elections and Influence of Mass Media This unit discusses the order of electing a president, the impact that media has on elections and on public policy, media in the Internet Age, the role of public opinion, and domestic and foreign policy. Unit 7 – Historical Foundations and Nationalism This unit explores the organization of the American Colonies, the patriots' declaring independence, the British surrender, the Continental Congress, the creation of a new government, federalists versus antifederalists, the Bill of Rights, the Westward expansion of the United States, and the Industrial Revolution. Unit 8 – Reformation and The Union in Peril This unit discusses the second great awakening, the abolitionist movement, the Womens' Rights movement, North versus South, compromise, Lincoln's election, the secession of the southern states, Appomattox and the setup for the recovery, Lincoln's death, the "plans" for reconstruction. Unit 9 – The First World War This unit covers the alliances that set up the war, the chain reaction that started the war, U.S. isolationism, the Lusitania/Zimmerman Note, how the United States got involved, the end of the war, the Treaty of Versailles, and Wilson's Fourteen Points. Unit 10 – World War II This unit covers the rise of dictators in Europe, appeasement, the takeover of Europe, the beginning of the holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the preparations at the Home Front, taking back Europe, V-E Day, the Battle of the Pacific, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the U.S.S. Missouri, and the aftermath of the war. Unit 11 – Post-War America and Civil Rights This unit discusses the USSR as the New Enemy, containment, the Red Scare II, Joe McCarthy, Plessy versus Ferguson, Brown versus BOE, Birmingham and Selma, the laws of the Civil Rights Movement, and the death of its leaders. Unit 12 – Contemporary Issues: 1945 - Present This unit covers causes of the Cold War, the Korean War, JFK's challenges to America, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the impact of JFK's assassination, LBJ's vision of a Great Society, the Nuclear Arms Race, Glasnost, Perestroika, and the breakup of the Soviet Union. Also discussed are the Vietnam War, Communist China, conflicts in the Middle East, the War on Terror, the politics and religion of terrorism, the economic crisis, and the economic principles of trade, commerce, and interdependence. Unit 13 – Personal Finance Basics This unit explains the basics of economics, how to make informed financial decisions, what a budget is and how to work with it, an introduction to credit, guidelines for decisions about credit, criteria for selecting a credit card, what a credit limit is, preventing credit card debt, basics of mortgage loans, and saving money. Unit 14 – Geography Basics This unit discusses studying geography; landforms; cultural, population, economic, and political geography; migration; diffusion; and climate.

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