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    Welcome!
    Welcome to East Paulding High School Social Studies department! Here we will provide information about the Social Studies teachers, classes, programs, and organizations. The Social Studies department strives to engage all students in active and participatory learning with the hopes of creating elite students, informed and engaged citizens, and life-long learners of history and other Social Studies subjects. 

    Our Pledge:
    Our pledge is that every teacher in the Social Studies department is committed to trying his/her best to help your child grow as a student and a person. At the end of a school year, in addition to knowing more about the subject of a particular class, our students should be better at:

    • conducting research through multiple mediums
    • constructing written arguments using supporting evidence
    • determining fact from opinion 
    • determining the bias of information sources
    • determining the main idea of an article, video or film
    • engaging in discussion with peers
    • enjoying the study of history and social studies
    • explaining current events with historical background
    • finding meaningful community service work
    • keeping aware of community issues and concerns 
    • knowing how to be a focused and contributing group member 
    • planning for college and career life
    • listening during discussions, lectures, group work, etc.
    • reading various forms of written work
    • retaining information 
    • seeing the connection between subject matter and their lives 
    • speaking publicly to small or large audiences
    • taking notes in class and at home
    • taking tests and various formal assessments
    • truly wanting to know more about class subjects 
    • using the internet critically and productively 
    • using libraries and computer labs effectively 
    • voicing opinions and ideas to elected officials

     

  • Note: Teachers are available for tutoring by request.  Students may visit any teacher in the department who is available.

    Social Studies Department

     

     

    Doug Johnson

    Doug Johnson -
    Department Chair
    Economics
    Honors Economics
    Government
    Honors Government
    Honors US History
    AP US History

     

    Dean Burrell

    Dean Burrell -
    US History

    Zach Coker

    Zach Coker -
    Psychology
    AP Psychology
    Honors World Geography

    Eddie Gambrell

    Eddie Gambrell -
    US History
    World History

    Casey Hall

    Casey Hall -
    Economics
    Honors Economics
    Government
    Honors Government

     

     

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    Phillip Hatcher -
    Economics
    Government
    Sociology
    World History

    Chris Holcomb -
    Economics
    Government
    World History

     

     

    Joshua Martin

    Joshua Martin -  
    World History

    Wade Pilgrim

    Wade Pilgrim -
    World Geography

     

     

    Tom Sharpe

    Tom Sharpe -
    AP Human Geography
    Honors World History
    AP World History 

    Justin Summey

    Justin Summey -
    Current Issues
    Personal Finance
    Honors World Geography


     

     

     

     

     

  • Social Studies Course Offerings
     
    World Geography

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    The World Geography course provides students with an analytical view of how geographic factors have and continue to influence human behavior on earth. Students will examine how the physical and cultural geographic factors contribute to varying levels of cooperation within the major world regions.

     Required: No / Elective
     Prerequisites: None
     Credit: 1.0
     Grades: 9  

    World History

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    This course offers a study of world civilizations from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. The course begins with an overview of the origins of democratic thought and institutions from Greco-Roman times to the eighteenth century. The main topics of the course are: the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, Western Imperialism, World War I, the Russian Revolution and the rise of fascism in the interwar period, World War II, The Cold War, and topics in contemporary history.

     Required: Yes
     Prerequisites: None
     Credit: 1.0
     Grades: 10   

     

    United States History

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    The primary focus of this course will be to explore the major events, personalities, social, cultural, and technological changes that have shaped United States History from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The course begins with an overview of American History from the Age of Discovery to the Era of Reconstruction. The remainder of the course will be a study of the political, economic, social, cultural, and technological changes that have taken place in the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

     Required: Yes
     Prerequisites: None
     Credit: 1.0
     Grades: 11   

    Economics

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    The Economics course will explore the basic principles and operations of the free market economy in the context of choices among scarce resources. Further, students will gain understanding of our role in the global economy, illustrating our interdependence. Lastly, students will develop skills for personal economics, personal finance, and general economic issues and events.

     Required: No / Elective
     Prerequisites: None
     Credit: 0.5
     Grades: 12   

    Government

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    The Government course will study the basic structure of American Government, exploring what the role of government should be under our Constitutional system. Supporting objectives include historical political theories essential to the establishment of our system of government, supplemented by the social, economic, and religious institutions which influenced it. Further, the objective is to expose students to participatory government experiences leading to an informed electorate, capable of taking responsibility and leadership in society.

     Required: Yes
     Prerequisites: None
     Credit: 0.5
     Grades: 12   

    Current Issues 

    Current Issues

     

    Analyzes current issues and influences that are related to these issues and examines how decisions are made concerning those issues. Integrates and reinforces social studies skills.  


     Required: No / Elective
     Prerequisites: None
     Credit: 0.5
     Grades: 9-12   

    Personal Financial Literacy

    Personal Financial Literacy

     

    Financial literacy describes the skills needed for understanding the interactions of people with money and related matters. The course is designed to help students develop that understanding by describing, analyzing, and evaluating many financial topics that most students will directly experience. The standards in the course are consistent with nationally recognized concepts that are important to healthy financial literacy. The elements of the course are aligned with current technology and laws - both of which can change rapidly - so instructors should verify any information they feel may be outdated. The standards and elements can be taught in any sequence.
     

     Required: No / Elective
     Prerequisites: None
     Credit: 0.5
     Grades: 9-12  

    Psychology 

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    If the workings of the mind interest you more than the workings of society, our Psychology course is for you. This popular elective combines a serious study of psychology with a lot of fun stuff. 

    The major goal of psychology is to systematically study individual behavior and human mental processes to gain an understanding of self and others. The course will explore cognitive aspects of the mind, or how humans think and feel about the world around them. The course will provide opportunities for students to become knowledgeable about the importance of attitudes, feelings, and values for themselves and others in determining human behavior; the scientific basis of behavior, the process of human development as a lifelong journey.

     Required: No / Elective
     Prerequisites: None
     Credit: 0.5
     Grades: 9-12  

    Sociology

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    This course is an introduction to sociology as a way of understanding the world. Sociology is a field of study that explains social, political, and economic phenomena in terms of social structures, social forces, and group relations. During this course we will focus on several important sociological topics, including socialization, culture, the social construction of knowledge, deviance and self-control, social movements, collective behavior, inequality, race and ethnic relations, poverty, and political sociology.

     Required: No / Elective
     Prerequisites: None
     Credit: 0.5
     Grades: 9-12  

     
     

     

  • Graduation Requirements
    Social Studies: 3 Units Required
      
     World History 1.0
     US History  1.0
     Economics  0.5
     Government  0.5
      
    Updated 2.15.22   
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