SOCIAL SCIENCE CLASSES


Texas History (6th hour 2pm - 3pm):
Instructor: David Petershack
Course fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)

Minimum enrollment: 5 students
Prerequisites: None
Materials Required: Course materials will be provided by the instructor, but it is recommended that the student have a good dictionary for class work.
Course Description: This class surveys the history, economy, geography, government and people of Texas. We will use vocabulary activities, discussions with questions, creative thinking and creative writing in our pursuit of Texas History.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work including class work, homework, tests, simple projects and participation.

High School World Geography (4th hour 12pm - 1pm):
Instructor: David Petershack
Course fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Minimum enrollment: 5 students
Curriculum Required: Glencoe World Geography, 2004 or 2005, Richard G. Boehm, Ph.D. (book available used on many websites including Alibris.com)
Prerequisites: None
Course Description: This course is designed to continue and expand knowledge of the five themes of geography by exploring the world in spatial terms; by places and regions; by understanding physical systems and human systems; by studying the environment and society; and by learning how to apply geography in the real world. The class will be centered around student participation and discussion. Students will be required to find real world examples to bring to class. Students will learn the geography of the world and develop knowledge of how we relate to it.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work including class work, homework, tests, quizzes, projects and participation.


20th Century U.S. History (5th hour 1pm - 2pm):   

Instructor: David Petershack
Course fee: $40/month
Minimum enrollment: 5 students
Prerequisites: None
Materials Required: We will be using “America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. II”, by William Bennett for our Text. Additional material will be provided by the tutor.
Course Description: The class will begin with an overview of the Civil War and cover events through the 20th Century as well as touching on some current topics.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work including class work, homework, tests, simple projects and participation.


Government/Economics (1st hour 8:30am - 9:30am):
Instructor: David Petershack
Course fee: $320 (8 payments of $40)
Minimum enrollment: 5 students
Prerequisites: None
Materials Required:
  • Declaration Statesmanship: A Course in American Government, Drs. Richard Ferrier and Andrew Seeley, Both Student Text and Readings Text. Mr. Petershack may be able to get a deal on the books, please contact if you are interested.
  • Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know About Wealth and Prosperity, 2010 edition by James D. Gwartney, Richard L. Stroup, Dwight R. Lee, and Tawni Hunt Ferrarini. Class will also be using other materials as provided by instructor
Course Description: The first half of the year will be focused on Government. This course is designed to "help the young citizens of America to understand how the principles of the American founding are crucial to the pursuit of happiness which is their birthright."
The Student Text begins with the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the United States. Then, it continues on through the writing of the Constitution and the forming of the government, and how the founding fathers incorporated all the fundamental principles within the Constitution. This insightful program next discusses the challenges our country faced in the past and how they were eventually solved, and how those same problems apply to America today.
The second half of the year we will be using The book “Common Sense Economics”. Common Sense Economics covers what students really need to know in order to make wise choices as consumers, investors, voters and citizens
We will mainly addresses the various principles of economics through the problems and concerns of modern society such as the effect of price controls, the role of profits and losses, and international trade. We then will go over a brief history of economic theory. The class is designed to make economics fun.
Course Makeup Policy: In-class work may be made up at home. Students are responsible for getting any notes that they missed.
Course Grading Policy: Students will receive a grade based upon their work including class work, homework, tests, quizzes, projects and participation.





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