Specialized Academic Instruction Contemporary World Studies

  • Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) Contemporary World Studies

    Grade level:

    12

    Course units:

    5 Credits – Semester Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Social Science

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    a

               

    Prerequisite:

    Individual Education Plan

    team recommendation

    Course Description: Our curriculum embeds the Common Core standards and follows the San Mateo Union High School District content framework. The Contemporary World Studies course exposes students to contemporary world history from the Non‐Western perspective. The course will link issues facing the world today with their historical origin in three main geographic regions:  Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. The course will include an examination of colonialism and imperialism and their influence on the contemporary cultures, religions, politics, and economics of the subject regions. Students also will become familiar with the physical and cultural geography of these regions. Students will be exposed to a broad body of historical knowledge. Additionally, they will be encouraged to use historical data to support a well-articulated argument or opinion. As in all social science classes at BHS, they will interpret and apply data from original documents, including, but not limited to, speeches, letters, newspapers, cartoons, and graphs. Finally, they will be exposed to the art of textbook reading, note-taking, and analysis. While learning historical content, students will improve their reading and writing skills and will be encouraged to think critically.

    Major Project/Assignments: Students will participate in a variety of assignments and projects throughout the year. They regularly will present their work to the entire class to encourage speaking and listening skills in addition to the reading and writing skills underlying their work. Group work and independent learning are regular classroom expectations..

    Approximate homework assigned daily:  30 to 60 minutes. It is important to note that this serves asan estimate of the nightly average homework load. It is not intended to be a concrete value and homework completion time will depend upon the nature of the assignment and the abilities and work habits of the student.

Specialized Academic Instruction Modern World History

  • Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) Modern World History

    Grade level:

    10

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Social Science

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    a

               

    Prerequisite:Individual Education Plan team recommendation

    Course Description: Our curriculum embeds the Common Core standards and follows the framework set forth in the California State Content Standards.  Consequently, the main emphasis of the course will be on Modern World History, focusing on the Enlightenment and beyond with a review of earlier periods. Students will develop an appreciation for the fundamental issues and themes that flow throughout Modern World history. They will be exposed to a broad body of historical knowledge. Additionally, they will be encouraged to use historical data to support a well-articulated argument or opinion. As in all social science classes at BHS, they will interpret and apply data from original documents, including, but not limited to, speeches, letters, newspapers, cartoons, and graphs. Finally, they will be exposed to the art of textbook reading, note-taking, and analysis.

    Major Projects/Assignments: Students will participate in a variety of assignments and project throughout the year. They regularly will present their work to the entire class to encourage speaking and listening skills in addition to the reading and writing skills underlying their work. Group work and independent learning are regular classroom expectations.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: 30 to 60 minutes. It is important to note that this serves as an estimate of the nightly average homework load. It is not intended to be a concrete value and homework completion time will depend upon the nature of the assignment and the abilities and work habits of the student.

Specialized Academic Instruction United States History

  • Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) United States History

    Grade level:

    11

    Course units:

    10 Credits – Year Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Social Science

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    a

               

    Prerequisite: Individual Education Plan team recommendation

    Course Description: Our curriculum embeds the Common Core standards and follows the framework set forth in the California State Content Standards.  Consequently, the main emphasis of the course will be on United States History, focusing on the late 19th-century and beyond with a review of earlier periods. Students will develop an appreciation for the fundamental issues and themes that flow throughout United States history. They will be exposed to a broad body of historical knowledge. Additionally, they will be encouraged to use historical data to support a well-articulated argument or opinion. As in all social science classes at BHS, they will interpret and apply data from original documents, including, but not limited to, speeches, letters, newspapers, cartoons, and graphs. Finally, they will be exposed to the art of textbook reading, note-taking, and analysis. While learning historical content, students will improve their reading and writing skills and will be encouraged to

    Major Project/Assignments: Students will participate in a variety of assignments and projects throughout the year. They regularly will present their work to the entire class to encourage speaking and listening skills in addition to the reading and writing skills underlying their work. Group work and independent learning are regular classroom expectations.

    Approximate homework assigned daily:  30 to 60 minutes. It is important to note that this serves as an estimate of the nightly average homework load. It is not intended to be a concrete value and homework completion time will depend upon the nature of the assignment and the abilities and work habits of the student.

Specialized Academic Instruction American Government

  • Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) American Government

    Grade level:

    12

    Course units:

    5 Credits – Semester Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Social Science

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    a

               

    Prerequisite: Individual Education Plan team recommendation

    Course Description: Our curriculum embeds the Common Core standards and follows the framework set forth in the California State Content Standards, the latter which include the following areas of study:  The Foundations of American Government; Political Institutions and Behavior; The Legislative Branch; The Executive Branch; The Judicial Branch; and Civil Liberties, Rights, and Duties. While learning content, students will improve their reading and writing skills and will be encouraged to think critically. American Government introduces students to the requirements and demands of democratic citizenship. The course develops informed, responsible participation in American political life by competent citizens committed to the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional democracy. Students learn how our constitutional republic is organized and how it functions. Additionally, they analyze the nature and function of political relationships: citizen to citizen, citizen to local community, citizen to state, and citizen to the nation. In sum, the course provides students with the foundations essential for understanding the dynamics of American politics. After having developed an appreciation of the past, the course prepares students to take their rightful place as full, active, and responsible members of American society.

    Major Projects/Assignments Students will participate in a variety of assignments and projects throughout the year. They regularly will present their work to the entire class to encourage speaking and listening skills in addition to the reading and writing skills underlying their work. Group work and independent learning are regular classroom expectations.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: 30 to 60 minutes. It is important to note that this serves as an estimate of the nightly average homework load. It is not intended to be a concrete value and homework completion time will depend upon the nature of the assignment and the abilities and work habits of the student.

Specialized Academic Instruction Economics

  • Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) Economics

    Grade level:

    12

    Course units:

    5 Credits – Semester Course

    Graduation requirement:

    Elective

    University of California/California State University a-g requirement:

    G

               

    Prerequisite: Individual Education Plan team recommendation

    Course Description: Our curriculum embeds the Common Core standards and follows the framework set forth in the California State Content Standards. The Economics course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. It provides students with the vocabulary of economics, the skills necessary to understand and analyze current economic issues, and an appreciation of the economic system that has evolved in the U.S. and in much of the world today. Students will be introduced to the concepts of supply, demand, and equilibrium. They will understand the nature of the firm in the four market models (Perfect Competition, Monopolistic Competition, Oligopoly, and Monopoly).  Additionally, students will be introduced to concepts relating to the larger economic system including, but not limited to, fiscal and monetary policies, Gross Domestic Product, inflation, recession, unemployment and other labor issues, and taxation. Finally, the course addresses the role of government in promoting efficiency and equity in the economy.  While learning content, students will improve their reading and writing skills and will be encouraged to think critically.

    Major Projects/Assignments: Students will participate in a variety of assignments and projects throughout the year. They regularly will present their work to the entire class to encourage speaking and listening skills in addition to the reading and writing skills underlying their work. Group work and independent learning are regular classroom expectations.

    Approximate homework assigned daily: 30 to 60 minutes. It is important to note that this serves as an estimate of the nightly average homework load. It is not intended to be a concrete value and homework completion time will depend upon the nature of the assignment and the abilities and work habits of the student.