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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

Curriculum

Social Studies - Current History

 

The Media

 

The learner will be able to compare the importance of a free press to the importance of government.

 

The learner will be able to identify and access several types of “New Media”.

 

The learner will be able to classify various types of “bias” used by media outlets.

 

The learner will be able to investigate arguments on both sides of a controversial issue. 

 

  

 

 

 

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The Federal Government

 

The learner will be able to identify key members of the President's administration and their chief responsibilities.

 

The learner will be able to explain the role of Congress as well as identify various congressional leaders.

 

The learner will be able to discuss the functions of the Supreme Court and identify Justices.

 

  

 

 

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Foreign Policy Issues

 

The learner will be able to compare and contrast views on national security issues. 

 

The learner will be able to examine U.S.-European and U.S.-Russian relations, past and present. 

 

The learner will be able to express pressure on the Earth by an increasing population base.

 

The learner will be able to identify major types of pollution and their respective sources and effects. 

 

The learner will be able to discuss steps they can take to protect the environment.

 

The learner will be able to evaluate U.S. policy options to reduce the trade deficit by negotiating trade agreements, erecting trade barriers, and increasing productivity. 

 

The learner will be able to investigate reasons for and possible solutions to the U.S.-Japan trade imbalance.

  

The learner will be able to analyze the dangers posed by the proliferation of weapons. 

 

The learner will be able to list characteristics of developing nations. 

 

The learner will be able to explain the relationship between foreign aid and American interests. 

 

The learner will be able to understand the American role in various world wide conflicts.

 

The learner will be able to identify ways in which cultural misunderstandings and intolerance can be resolved. 

 

  

 

 

  

 

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Domestic Policy Issues

 

The learner will be able to identify the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. 

 

The learner will be able to recognize the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting constitutional issues. 

 

The learner will be able to survey facts and opinion about crime and drugs in the United States

 

The learner will be able to identify problems and reform efforts in U.S. public schools. 

 

The learner will be able to describe the reasons for rapidly rising health care costs. 

 

The learner will be able to evaluate government policies toward immigration. 

 

The learner will be able to explain why various age and income groups often disagree on the role government should play in alleviating poverty. 

 

The learner will be able to discuss discrimination and steps taken to combat it.

 

The learner will be able to examine arguments presented by groups affected by congressional decisions. 

 

The learner will be able to define concepts relating to the federal budget and the national debt. 

 

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