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Gwinnett County Public Schools

Social Studies

Social Studies

Debbie Daniell Director

(678) 301-7028

Description of Program

Gwinnett County Public Schools' social studies program is designed to prepare students to participate as constructive citizens in a democratic society. Student mastery of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) is achieved through an authentic K-12 approach integrating discipline-based content with interpretative skills focused on maps and globes, information processing, social participation, and problem solving. Students develop a strong understanding of themselves and their role and responsibility in society by discovering the heritage of their nation within a global context. Opportunities are provided for students to relate the past to the present and to build an awareness of the similarities and differences that exist between the nations and cultures of the world.

All students in kindergarten through 12th grade explore The Human Experience. In grades kindergarten through fifth grade, students Focus on Our Heritage. Students in kindergarten begin their social studies program by focusing on Symbols of America. In first grade, our social studies program looks at the contributions of American Heroes. Our second grade social studies curriculum focuses on the Study of Georgia. At grade three, students focus on the geographical, the economic system, and the responsibilities of people living in the United States, Our Democratic Heritage. This prepares students for a two-year study of the history and geography of the United States to be completed in grades four and five.

Middle school students examine Challenges in a Global Society. A two-year world studies block gives students in grades six and seven an opportunity to examine relevant contemporary and traditional issues in a global context. Georgia Studies is the topic for eighth grade as students explore their state through both a historical and modern perspective relative to both national and international issues.

9th Grade World Geography builds the foundation for the high school program of study. Students earn elective graduation credit for this two semester course. World Geography is vital for all students as preparation for both the 10th Grade Gateway Writing Assessment as well as the Georgia High School Graduation Test. Core courses required for graduation begin with 10th Grade World History, followed by 11th Grade U.S. History and conclude with Economics and Political Systems. Students are also encouraged to select elective courses based on interest and aptitude. Sociology, Philosophy, Controversial Issues, Psychology, Law, and Contemporary Issues are available for elective credit. Also, students may take Advanced Placement (AP) courses for either elective or required credit contingent on content treatment. AP courses include Human Geography, U.S. History, European History, American Government, Comparative Government, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Psychology, and World History.

Core Materials

Our World, Now and Long Ago - Harcourt
Exploring Where and Why- New Friends, New Places - Nystrom

Grade 1
Our Country - Houghton Mifflin
Exploring Where and Why- Neighborhoods Near and Far - Nystrom

Grade 2
Our State - Houghton Mifflin
Exploring Where and Why- Communities Here and There - Nystrom

Grade 3
Our Democracy - Houghton Mifflin
Exploring Where and Why - Map and Globes Skills - Nystrom

Grade 4
The United States: Making a New Nation - Harcourt
Exploring Where and Why- Our Country’s History - Nystrom

Grade 5
Growth of a Nation - Scott Foresman
Exploring Where and Why- Our Country’s History - Nystrom

Grade 6
The World and It’s People - Glencoe
GeoThemes World Atlas Activity Program - Nystrom
Hands-On Geography Program - Nystrom

Grade 7
Eastern World - Holt, Rinehart, and Winston
GeoThemes World Atlas Activity Program - Nystrom
Hands-On Geography Program - Nystrom

Grade 8
Georgia and the American Experience - Clairmont Press

Grade 9 (World Geography)
World Geography Today - Holt, Rinehart, and Winston 
Desk Atlas Program - Nystrom

Grade 10 (World History)
World History: Patterns of Interaction - McDougall Littell

Grade 11 (U.S. History)
The Americans - McDougal Littell

Grade 12 (Economics)
Economics: Principles and Practices - Glencoe

Grade 12 (Political Systems)
Magruder’s American Government - Prentice Hall

AP Economics
Principles of Economics - Thomson

AP American Government
Government in America: People, Politics, and Policy - Pearson/Longman 

AP Comparative Government
Introduction to Comparative Politics - McDougal Littell

AP U.S. History
Out of Many - Prentice Hall 

AP European History
A History of Modern Europe from the Renaissance - Peoples

AP Human Geography
Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture - Peoples 

AP World History
Traditions & Encounters: A Global Perspective on the Past - McGraw Hill 

AP Psychology
Psychology, 8th edition - Bedford, Freeman, and Worth

Street Law - Glencoe 

Sociology & You - Glencoe

Thinking About Psychology - Bedford, Freeman, and Worth 

Contemporary Issues
Peace, War, and Terrorism - Pearson/Longman
Think Twice! Sociology Looks at Current Social Issues - Pearson

The Philosopher’s Way - Prentice Hall

Controversial Issues
21 Debated Issues in American Politics - Prentice Hall
21 Debated Issues in World Politics - Prentice Hall 
A Civil Word - Pearson 

Debbie Daniell,Director

Debbie Daniell, Director

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