Social science

Middle School US History and Middle school Texas History alternate each year.
High School World Geography and High School World History alternate each year.
High School US History and High School Government/Economics alternate each year.

Middle School US History
Instructor: David Petershack
Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40) 
Copy/Supply Fee: $20
Grade level: 6th-8th Grade
Min/Max in class:  min 5 students/ No max 
Supplies: Students will need a three ring notebook with tabs and lined paper and map/colored pencils and a highlighter
Course Description: There are names in the annals of American History that everyone knows, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. While it is important to know of these figures, it is equally important to remember some of the people who shaped the face of the country we live in who are lesser known. In this class, we will study the life and times of famous American influencers, as well as others who changed the landscape of American society from behind the scenes. We will contrast figures such as Andrew Jackson and Sitting Bull, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, and we will dive deep into the lives of great Americans whom you may never have heard of.
Grading will be based on class participation, as this class encourages open discussion, and administered tests.


High School World History
Instructor: David Petershack
Course Fee: $320 (8 payments of $40) 
Copy/Supply Fee: $20
Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisites: None
Min/Max in class:  min 5 students/ No max 
Curriculum Required: Glencoe World History, 2005, Jackson J. Spielvogel, Ph.D. (available used on many websites including Amazon and Alibris.com) ISBN: 0078735653
Course Description: This interactive, energetic course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the history of the world from the first known civilizations to modern times. Though we will be using a text, this course will attempt to bring these time periods to life through lively discussions about people, civilizations, and sequences of events. The class will be heavily dependent on student participation. Students will be encouraged to be curious and bold in their conclusions as they study current, real world events in light of historical context. They will come away with a deep knowledge of the history of the modern world, and will have a better understanding of how they relate to it.
Course Make-up 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. 


Government/Economics
Instructor: David Petershack 
Course fee: $400 (8 payments of $50) 
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 address 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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