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HISTORY Courses

7-8 Humanities (HIS107-HIS108)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences
Prerequisites: None

This is a two-year program for 7th and 8th graders which integrates English Language Arts and Social Studies. Students learn about important social issues and work as a class to find ways to create a more peaceful and socially just world. We explore social studies through reading, writing, and literature. Students also learn developmentally appropriate language arts skills including expository, research, analytical, and creative writing. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through a variety of arts-based projects, presentations, and performances.

 

7-8 Student Council (ADM101)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Elective
Prerequisites: Student Election in May

Student Council consists of three elected representatives from each grade. Student Council representatives engage in creating policy and procedure proposals, advise administration on school initiatives, lead grade and community meetings, sit on the PVPA Board of Trustees (grades 9-12), and participate in events outside of school hours, such as the Western MA Student Council Association, leadership trainings and representing PVPA as the face of the student body. Students interested in running for Student Council elections in May should select this course and if not elected will be placed in their 2nd choice course. Seventh grade Student Council reps will join after their elections at the end of September.

Academic Teaching Assistant in Middle School or High School Classes

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: School Service
Prerequisites: Audition and/or Interview

High school students may arrange to assist in a middle school academic class in which they have significant experience with the discipline, or a high school class in which they have already earned credit. This is an opportunity to earn school service credit, but NOT academic credit. TAs are expected to check in with the cooperating teacher regularly, participate fully in each class, model class expectations, assist in supporting students and the teacher whenever possible, and engage in pre-planning if taking a lead role as teacher. Prior teacher permission is required.

 

Civil Liberties and Political Rights (HSS122)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences (American History) OR ELA
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

This course studies the United States Constitution and its protection of civil liberties by looking at controversies surrounding freedom of expression, freedom of religion, discrimination and the rights of the accused. We look at civil liberties and political rights internationally, and the concept of global freedom as experienced by individuals. Students present and defend their positions on constitutional issues and precedents in essays, a documented research paper, class discussions, panel presentations, debates, and a simulated hearing. This course may be taken for History OR English Language Arts credit.

Foreign Policy, Media, and Politics (HSS102)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

This course is for students interested in developing a solid understanding of modern United States foreign policy, media culture, and other political landmarks that have transformed the economic and political power structure of the United States. We take an in-depth look at United States involvement in several 20th and 21st century world conflicts. We also consider at the effect of both mainstream and alternative media and "fake news" on the intersection of United States politics and foreign policy. Emphasis is on discussion/debate, and independent research.

 

Foundations of Humanities

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

"Foundations" courses are aligned to PVPA's core academic courses at the high school level, yet course objectives are individualized to appropriately meet students' specific learning needs. These courses occur in an inclusion model, with students participating in classes with their peers in the general education setting.

Foundations of US History 1

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences, American History
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

"Foundations" courses are aligned to PVPA's core academic courses at the high school level, yet course objectives are individualized to appropriately meet students' specific learning needs. These courses occur in an inclusion model, with students participating in classes with their peers in the general education setting.

 

Foundations of US History 2

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences, American History
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

"Foundations" courses are aligned to PVPA's core academic courses at the high school level, yet course objectives are individualized to appropriately meet students' specific learning needs. These courses occur in an inclusion model, with students participating in classes with their peers in the general education setting.

Foundations of US History 3

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences, American History
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

"Foundations" courses are aligned to PVPA's core academic courses at the high school level, yet course objectives are individualized to appropriately meet students' specific learning needs. These courses occur in an inclusion model, with students participating in classes with their peers in the general education setting.

 

Foundations of US History 4

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences, American History
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

"Foundations" courses are aligned to PVPA's core academic courses at the high school level, yet course objectives are individualized to appropriately meet students' specific learning needs. These courses occur in an inclusion model, with students participating in classes with their peers in the general education setting.

Her Story: American Women's History (HSS103)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences, American History
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

“From Seneca Falls to #MeToo,” this class explores the history of the women of America and their ongoing struggle for not only legal, but economic and social equality. We begin with the struggle for legal rights by focusing on the fight to gain the vote, including the major events and strategies that led to the success of that movement. From there we follow the struggle for equal rights through the Second Wave of Feminism, Title IX, and the defeat of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment). Finally, we delve into the Third Wave of Feminism and the #MeToo movement. Students will “be” the history through simulations, debates and trials.

 

Holocaust Studies (HSS105)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

This course explores the history of the Holocaust from its roots in anti-semitism through the present day. Emphasis is on a serious discussion of the issues of genocide through a detailed examination of this history. Students learn the "why" behind events, as well as the human reactions of the people. Students write a substantial research paper, and exploring some of the literature related to the topic.

Honors Globalization (HSS128)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

In this advanced "Honors" level course, students study the rise of the nation, colonialism, imperialism, and the economic and political roots of the modern world with a special emphasis in the latter part of the 20th century leading into the world we live in today. The course has a special concentration on the rise of global economic and political systems, and their social and cultural effects throughout the world.

 

Latin American Arts & Culture of the Afro-Latino/a/x Experience (HSS127)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/SS, Music Culture/Technique (concentration only)
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

Explore the social, cultural, artistic, and historical connections between people of African descent in the Caribbean. Through looking at the histories of a number of different communities throughout the region, we synthesize a number of traditions and cultural motifs brought over by those displaced by the transatlantic slave trade. Part history class and part performing arts workshop, this course utilizes film, dance, music, storytelling, primary source explorations, and more to help students make connections between Caribbean peoples in an interactive and meaningful way.

LGBTIQ Literature and History (HSS124)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences (American History) OR ELA
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

This course provides an introduction to the literature and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer people from different time periods and cultures. We will focus on understanding gender, sexuality, and sexual politics. We will look at how homosexuality and heterosexuality are defined historically and in modern times. This course includes historical and literary texts: essays, articles, poetry, drama, fiction, memoir, film, and art. We read, write, discuss, research, create, and perform. This course may be taken for History or English Language Arts credit.

 

Medieval Studies (HSS121)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

Were the Middle Ages truly a Dark Age? Did King Arthur and Robin Hood really exist? What was daily life really like for people living during the Middle Ages? These are just a few of the questions this survey course tackles as it focuses on important people, events, institutions, art, and architecture during the Middle Ages (500 - 1500 CE). Additional topics of study include the Fall of Rome, Monasticism, Charlemagne, Vikings, the Byzantine Empire, the Norman Conquest, Knighthood, Magna Carta, the rise of Islam, the Crusades, and the Black Death.

Revolutions (HSS116)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

“Revolution!” This word has been used to describe some of the most significant events in world history. Students study important factors associated with successful revolutions, and then use these factors to analyze and evaluate both present day and historic revolutionary movements. Students analyze the French, Haitian, Russian, and Communist Chinese revolutions as a class, as well as research, analyze and create a presentation on a revolution of their choice. Students are encouraged to consider the role of the arts in revolutionary movements.

 

Student Council (HSS110)

Graduation Credits: 10 (9-12 only)
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences
Prerequisites: Student Election in May

Student Council consists of three elected representatives from each grade. Student Council representatives engage in creating policy and procedure proposals, advise administration on school initiatives, lead grade and community meetings, sit on the PVPA Board of Trustees (grades 9-12), and participate in events outside of school hours, such as the Western MA Student Council Association, leadership trainings and representing PVPA as the face of the student body. Students interested in running for Student Council elections in May should select this course and if not elected will be placed in their 2nd choice course. Seventh grade Student Council reps will join after their elections at the end of September.

The 1960s Arts and Culture (HSS118)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/SS, American History, Music Culture/Technique (concentration only)
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

This is an integrated arts/history/politics course about one of the most critical decades in United States history. We examine the 1960s, not just from a historical and political point of view, but also delve deeply into the cultures of the time period, primarily through the arts. There are extensive readings and intensive written assignments, including a substantial research paper, as well as arts-based projects.

 

U.S. History 1 (HIS119)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences, American History
Prerequisites: None

The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are founding documents central to the understanding of what it means to be an American. Students begin by reading, analyzing, and evaluating the ideas in these documents as they participate in classroom activities, including a ratification convention for the U.S. Constitution. Framers of the U.S. Constitution often disagreed with each other and eventually compromised on a number of issues including slavery. Conflicting views on liberty and what it means to be an American continue to be a focal point as students learn about important individuals, organizations, and events in the years leading up to and during the Civil War.

U.S. History 2 (HIS120)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences, American History
Prerequisites: None

This course begins by asking the question, “How did the United States become the greatest economic power in the world?” Students learn about important individuals, ideas, and events during the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. In the first unit, students evaluate whether the Reconstruction period was ultimately a success or a failure. Students then explore factors that influenced America’s growing economic power, including industrialization, immigration and westward migration. The semester concludes with an evaluation of America’s changing role in the world as students examine America’s growing military power in the years surrounding the Spanish American War.

 

U.S. History 3 (HIS121)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences, American History
Prerequisites: None

This course introduces students to a variety of social and political events of 20th Century America. We begin with a look at World War I, and how the "Great War" set the stage for things to come. We then investigate the postwar years, and the cultural and economic explosion during the Roaring 20s, before moving on to learn from first-hand accounts of the Great Depression and progressive vision of the New Deal. We end with an exploration of the events, effects and aftermath of World War II, including the rise of Hitler, and the decision to drop the atom bomb on Japan. Emphasis is equally distributed through cultural, political, and economical perspectives, and multiple social viewpoints. Because of the growing role of the media during this time period, this course allows for extensive use of oral history, television, Hollywood movies, newspaper footage, and musical recordings.

U.S. History 4 (HIS122)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: History/Social Sciences, American History
Prerequisites: U.S. History 3

Students analyze the trends and events that shaped late 20th Century America, and led to the world in which we currently live. The course covers the last half of the 20th Century, from the beginning of the Cold War through the Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War and 9/11. Students also examine the continuing struggle for equal rights in American society. From the Presidency of Dwight Eisenhower to the Clinton years, students consider how the United States has changed politically and culturally.

 

 

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