The Silver Lake Regional High School Social Studies program develops critical reading, writing, and research skills that are transferable to other disciplines. Our courses offer specific content to better help students understand United States and World History, as well to be able to examine their world through the study of economics, government, psychology, and sociology. The teachers of Social Studies incorporate the core values of our school community identified in the Silver Lake Regional High School Mission Statement. All courses in the Social Studies department encourage students to reach proficiency toward the following SLRHS Academic expectations: Students will write effectively for a variety of purposes and students will read with understanding and use reading as a learning tool.
All students must successfully complete the following three courses to fulfill the requirements for graduation: World History, United States History 1, and United States History 2.
In these courses, students will be expected to:
● identify and explain the chronological order of historical events and recognize the complexity of cause and effect
● conduct historical research
● write essays that analyze the concepts and content studied
● analyze primary source materials
● identify and explain the contributions of the past to the present
● read and interpret various historical sources
● explain and analyze divergent points-of-view
● use technology, art, and literature to enhance historical understanding