• GENERAL INFORMATION: Social studies offer two semester courses that completes the aspects of the state mandated requirement for the field of social studies.  Students will be required to take a social studies course in each of their four years of high school in the following sequence:  9th grade- World Geography, 10th grade- World History, 11th grade- United States History Since 1877 (except for AP US which begins with pre-Columbian America), and 12th grade- one semester of Economics and one semester of Government
    Students may opt to take Pre-Advanced Placement (PreAP) course in World Geography.  Advanced  Placement (AP) courses may be chosen beginning their 10th grade year with World History.  Both PreAP and AP courses are more rigorous than the regular course work and are therefore weighted courses (additional grade point calculated).  Grading is also different for PreAP and AP courses in that regular course work is graded on a 40/60 scale with minor work counting 40% and major work counting 60% while PreAP and AP are calculated on a 30/70 breakdown. 
     Students taking AP courses are assumed to be taking the College Board's National AP test in May.  There will be a minimum cost to the student [the district pays the majority of the cost] to take the test.  Registration will be in February and March.   Students taking the test will be exempt from the Spring semester exam in that class but will still need to attend that session.  As per school board policy, those not taking the test and enrolled in an AP course will have an additional assignment the sixth six weeks grading period that is relatively equal to rigor of studies for the test as deemed by their teacher.  The student's AP test score will have no direct correlation to the student's class average since scores are not received until mid-summer.  However, assignments given to those students opting out of the test will be calculated into the sixth six weeks grade average.  Please remember, students taking the national test will receive college credit only if they obtain a score of 3 or better on the 5 point scale.   AP classes will offer tutorials and materials to aid students in taking the national test.  [Note that any student not in the particular AP course must pay the entire amount for taking the AP National Test if they would like to take it.]
    All course work is mandated by the state of Texas as required courses and one must complete all the courses with a passing grade in order to receive a high school diploma.  The courses will cover physical geography as well as social, political, and cultural history as it relates to the world and the existence of human beings.  The courses will integrate this into a study of the world’s history, cultures, governments, economies, and events.  Emphasis will be on these five areas and their interrelationship/interaction with each other.  Independent study and group interaction are stressed so that students of all levels will be able to actively participate in class. 
    There are also a number of elective courses offered by the Social Studies Department that are not required including but not limited to AP European history and psychology that students may choose to take.  If interested in these courses, please contact the school's counseling office to inquire about information for them.


    DISTRICT GOALS:  It is the goal of Denton ISD to empower the students to become culturally, economically, ethically, geographically, historically, socially, and politically literate.  Students should be able to recognize the inherent worth of all people (including self) in order to become self-sufficient, responsible, and a contributing member of society. Courses are set up in a way to allow students to make connections of past, present, and future scenarios.  Students should be become better judges and evaluators of the consequences of decisions, actions, and behaviors.  A meaningful, varied, interactive, and interdisciplinary program will introduce a learning environment where each student –no matter what his or her capabilities may be- will have a meaningful learning experience.  The ultimate goal of this course will be to develop knowledgeable citizens who are able to live and participate with dignity and wisdom in a global environment


    Students will apply thinking strategies involved in reading to analyze and to synthesize all forms of print media.


    Knowledge and skills.

    I.                The student understands traditional historical points of reference.

    II.               The student understands how the present relates to the past.

    III.              The student understands how new political, economic, and social systems developed.    

    IV.              The student understands the influences of the European cultures and systems.

    V.               The student understands causes and effects of various aspects of history.

    VI.              The student understands the major development of civilizations other than our own.

    VII.             The student understands the impact of political and economic imperialism.

    VIII.            The student understands the causes and effects of major political revolutions.

    IX.              The student the impact of totalitarianism in the 20th century.

    X.               The student understands the influence of significant individuals of the 20th century.

    XI.              The student uses geographic skills and tools to collect, analyze, and interpret data.

    XII.             The student understands the impact of geographic factors on major historical events.

    XIII.            The student understands the impact of agriculture on humanity.

    XIV.           The student understands the historic origins of contemporary economic systems.

    XV.            The student understands the historical antecedents of contemporary political systems.

    XVI.           The student understands the process by which democratic-republican government evolved.

    XVII.          The student understands the significance of political choices and decisions made by groups.

    XVIII.         The student understands the historical development of significant legal and political  concepts.

    XIX.           The student understands the history and relevance of major religious and philosophies.

    XX.            The student understands the relationship between the arts and time.

    XXI.           The student understands the roles of women, children, and families throughout history.

    XXII.          The student understands how the development of ideas has influenced institutions/systems.

    XXIII.         The student understands about major scientific, mathematical, and technological ideas.

    XXIV.        The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired.

    XXVI.        The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.

    XXVII.       The student uses problem-solving and decision-making skills in a variety of settings.