Parent / Student                                      Course Information

                                  SOCIAL STUDIES

                        GRADE 11

Counselors are available to assist parents and students with course selections and career
planning. Parents may arrange to meet with the counselor by calling the school’s guidance

Advanced Placement United States History is offered to the serious student who desires the
challenge of a college-level course in high school. The course covers American history
from the colonial period to the present and emphasizes the analysis of events and eras.
Extensive reading and writing is required. Students are expected to take the Advanced
Placement History Examination in May. Students who do not take the Advanced Placement
exam will take the United States History Standards of Learning test. College credit may be
granted, subject to the requirements of the college or university.

World Geography, World History to 1500 A.D., World History since 1500 A.D.
Advanced Placement European History
Advanced Placement Human Geography

Virginia and United States Government
Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics

The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, 12th edition (D. C. Heath, 2003)
After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection, 5th edition (Glencoe McGraw Hill, 2005)

The teacher may choose to supplement the basal textbook with materials to extend and
enrich the students’ understanding of course topics. These materials may be drawn from
daily newspapers, periodicals, television and other visual media, primary source documents,
simulations, and computer programs.

For more information on this or any other Advanced Placement course, visit College Board
Online at

     Virginia Beach City Public Schools  Department of Curriculum and Instruction
                                                                              CIS-0080 – (Revised 6/09)


APUS.11.1    Identify major time periods in United States
             history, and describe their distinctive social,   APUS.11.14 Construct charts, maps, time lines, and
             economic, political, and cultural or                         tables to organize or depict data and
             intellectual characteristics.                                information related to historical trends and
APUS.11.2    Trace the development of the social,                         developments in United States history.
             economic, political, and cultural or              APUS.11.15 Interpret and draw conclusions from varied
             intellectual institutions, beliefs, and                       primary and secondary sources of
             practices that characterize the American                      information related to events and
             people and nation.                                            developments in United States history
APUS.11.3    Recognize the patterns and relationships                      (documents, historical interpretations,
             among the events, developments, and trends                    maps, charts, graphs, political cartoons,
             in historical periods (conflict and consensus,                film, art, and literature)
             change and continuity, and centrifugal and        APUS.11.16 Assess the validity and reliability of
             centripetal forces).                                          primary and secondary sources related to
APUS.11.4    Evaluate the impact of United States history                  United States history.
             on other world regions and international          APUS.11.17 Use the decision-making or problem-
             relations.                                                    solving processes to evaluate key decisions
APUS.11.5    Define historical terms, and use them to                      and turning points in United States history.
             describe or explain developments in United        APUS.11.18 Create effective thematic essays,
             States history.                                               document-based essays, and oral or written
APUS.11.6    Identify the individuals and groups whose                     reports on historical issues related to
             actions, achievements, and ideas influenced                   United States history.
             the development of United States history,         APUS.11.19 Express personal convictions and ideas,
             and explain the significance of their                         and respect those of others.
             contributions.                                    APUS.11.20 Work cooperatively with classmates to
APUS.11.7    Identify major events and developments in                     accomplish tasks and solve problems.
             United States history, and explain their          APUS.11.21 Recognize the power of an individual to
             historical significance.                                      make a difference, and use individual
APUS.11.8    Identify major conflicts in United States                     power to advance justice and equality in
             history, determine their causes and effects,                  daily life.
             and evaluate the methods used to resolve          APUS.11.22 Manage time and tasks efficiently and
             them.                                                         productively, and accept responsibility for
APUS.11.9    Identify major periods of artistic, cultural,                 class work and personal behavior.
             and intellectual achievements; characterize       APUS.11.23 Keep informed on current issues in school,
             their distinguishing features; and evaluate                   community, national, and international
             their contributions and accomplishments.                      affairs.
APUS.11.10   Examine art, music, and literature as             APUS.11.24 Participate in class, school, and community
             aesthetic, cultural, and historical                           events and projects.
             expressions, and investigate the relationship
             between the arts and society.                     CITIZENSHIP GOALS
APUS.11.11   Evaluate the role of location and
             environment on the historical development            Appreciating their place in the continuity of our
             of the United States.                                 nation's history
APUS.11.12   Identify the physical features,                      Respecting the rights, property, beliefs, and opinions
             environmental characteristics, and                    of others
             subregions of the United States and locate           Appreciating the American cultural heritage and
             them on a map.                                        valuing its principles, beliefs, and freedoms
APUS.11.13   Identify historically significant sites and          Treating others with courtesy and respect
             political divisions in periods of United             Accepting responsibility for completing assignments
             States history, and locate them on a map of          Valuing the worth and dignity of all individuals
             the United States or the world.                      Showing reason and mutual respect in resolving
                                                                   conflicts through compromise or consensus
   Accepting the rights and responsibilities of citizenship                      Critical Thinking Skills
   Keeping informed on current issues and events                                  - Distinguishing between causes and effects
   Participating in school and community activities                               - Distinguishing between fact and opinion,
                                                                                       recognizing propaganda, and detecting author
SKILLS                                                                                 bias
                                                                                   - Assessing the validity of differing historical
   Study Skills                                                                       interpretations
    - Taking organized and useful notes from lectures,                             - Recognizing patterns in history and using them
        discussions, and various printed sources of                                    to predict future developments
        information                                                               Communication Skills
    - Using varied and diverse sources of information                               - Preparing oral and written reports, projects, and
        when researching a topic or issue                                              presentations
    - Preparing a bibliography                                                      - Contributing ideas and suggestions to class
   Chart/Graph Skills                                                                 discussion
    - Drawing inferences from charts, graphs, tables,                               - Reading for a variety of purposes: critically,
        and time lines                                                                 analytically, to predict outcomes, to answer
      - Using charts, graphs, and tables to organize,                                  questions, to form opinions, and to skim for
        display, and depict historical data                                            facts
      - Making and interpreting cartoons reflecting                                 - Restating major ideas of a complex topic in
        varied points of view                                                          concise form
   Map/Globe Skills                                                                - Writing papers analyzing historical issues or
    - Locating historic and contemporary sites on                                      topics
    - Making and interpreting special purpose maps
    - Determining distance and direction on maps
   Problem-Solving/Decision-Making Skills
    - Applying the problem-solving process to
        investigate key decisions and turning points in
        United States History
    - Evaluating the decision making and problem
        solving of key historical leaders
    - Identifying alternative courses of action and
        predicting likely consequences

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                   long learner who is a responsible, productive and engaged citizen within the global community.

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