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Seven Reasons to Study History

Seven Reasons to Study History
When I was in school, we learned about the world in seemingly unrelated snippets. My teachers called the subject Social Studies. We might start the ye...
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Fast and Easy History Curriculum

Fast and Easy History Curriculum
Some people love history, and others… not so much. Faced with a history-phobic kid, social studies-hating kid, you don't have to skip the subject. If ...
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Jessica Zbavitel
Thanks so much for The Great Courses supplement ideas!
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Freshman Social Studies

Freshman Social Studies
Freshman Social Studies What do you cover for social studies?Ninth grade usually starts with American History. This is because most kids already know about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, so starting in the U.S. builds on what they know.Tenth grade usually means World History, because by then children know about the Revolutionary War, World War 1, and World War 2, so this history builds on what they know.Usually American Government and Economics courses come next. These...
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For 9th grade my daughter studied the World Wars, with an emphasis on WWII. She read a lot of biographies, autobiographies, and m... Read More
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Fantastic, Kelly! Lee talks about creating class credits for time spent on those topics using her "Sticky Note Strategy" in her ar... Read More
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Guest — Dawn
We did a formal Geography course with our daughter, and it was not the greatest fit. We still like the idea of a world geography ... Read More
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What is Your High School Graduation Rate?

What is Your High School Graduation Rate?
Great news!  In The Great State of Washington, 24 kids out of 100 don't graduate high school!  Oh, wait... that's not good news!  When you really think of it, a 24% drop out rate is amazingly high! What is YOUR graduation rate?  What is the rate for your local high school?  What is the rate for your own homeschool?I know a LOT of homeschoolers, representing a huge variety of kids and educational styles, and I haven’t...
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"The state with the highest on-time graduation rate was Iowa, with 88 percent. The lowest was Nevada, with 62 percent. All of tho... Read More
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:51
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Social Studies for Dummies

Social Studies for Dummies
"Social Sciences"?  What does that even mean? What is the difference between history and social studies? Social sciences, or social studies, are actually a broader term having to do with human social interaction.  So it can include history, government, economics, psychology, and sociology.Some colleges might use the terms "Social Studies" and "History" interchangeably in their application requirements.  When they say they want to see four years (usually) of "social studies" or four years of "history" on...
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